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Ochro Rice (Okra Fried Rice)

A low carb spin on ochro (okra) rice made with cauliflower rice, that is mildly seasoned. This bowl of goodness makes the perfect, healthy side dish for an abundance of recipes.
Course Appetiser
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 231kcal
Author Charla


  • 1 head of cauliflower I used a medium sized one
  • 15 fingers of okra chopped (about 1 cup when chopped/100g)
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp all purpose seasoning see notes for recipe (15g)
  • ½ tbsp parsley (8g)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (5g)
  • 1 tsp garlic granules (5g)
  • ½ tsp ground ginger (3g)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme stems removed (or use dried)(5g)
  • 1 tsp pink salt or to taste (5g)
  • 6 tbsp olive oil (88ml)


  • Remove the leaves from the cauliflower then wash and thoroughly blot it dry (very important!!).
  • Start by chopping the cauliflower up into small pieces.
  • Add the cauliflower florets to a food processor, fitted with an S blade.
  • Pulse the cauliflower until it resembles "rice"(you may need to do this in batches).
  • Once finished, place the "rice" in a bowl and set aside.
  • Add 4 tbsp olive oil to the frying pan/skillet on medium heat (make sure it is heated through first).
  • Add the okra and proceed to fry the okra until it starts to become crispy (this will take a few minutes).
  • About 2 minutes into frying the okra, add the sliced onions and saute them until soft/slightly golden and sprinkle in half of the all purpose seasoning.
  • Remove the onions and okra pieces from the frying pan (you may need to wipe the pan to remove any crust).
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil (still on medium heat) then and the cauliflower rice and proceed to stir/fold the rice to take the raw-ness off it.
  • Season the cauliflower with the rest of the all purpose seasoning, ginger, garlic granules, parsley, thyme and pink salt and stir.
  • Finally fold in the fried okra and onions.
  • Serve accordingly.


  • To eliminate that sliminess please make sure you to parboil the okra in vinegar/pink salt. Don't skip this step or your okra will be slimy (unless that's what you want).
  • If you are using a large head of cauliflower increase the seasoning by ½ tsp and add a few more okra fingers.
  • Freeze any leftover rice in freezer friendly container to avoid freezer burn.
  • Here is my Homemade All Purpose Seasoning
  • Make sure you are using a non stick pan for best results.
  • You may need to pulse your cauliflower florets in batches depending on the size of your cauliflower.
  • Add the fried okra and onions last as this will help to retain that crispiness, just fold them in towards the end.
  • Feel free to add some additional vegetables, beans or meat if you want to turn this into a complete meal as oppose to serving as a side dish.
  • You could add mushrooms, peas, bell peppers, cho cho/christophine, shrimp, chicken pieces, beans (peas), tofu. It depends on what you prefer!!
  • This recipe works with both frozen and fresh okra. Frozen okra is cheaper so use what is more cost efficient to you.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg