To boil okra, bring a saucepan of water to a boil with lemon juice, add salt and bring back to a boil, and add cleaned okra. Boil for twenty minutes, or until tender. After the okra is cooked, add butter and salt and pepper to taste.
- Gather the ingredients and equipment
Gather the following ingredients and equipment: medium saucepan, knife, strainer, butter, okra, salt, black pepper and lemon juice.
- Boil the water
Place enough water in a saucepan to cover your okra. Add 1/2 a lemon's juice to the water per 2 pounds of okra being cooked. Lemon juice will prevent the okra from breaking apart and becoming slimy.
- Clean the okra
Cut the tops off the okra and wash well.
- Add the salt and okra
Once the water is boiling, add the salt. Bring back to a rapid boil and add your okra. Cook for 30 minutes, or until tender.
- Strain the okra and season to taste
Strain the okra from the water. Season with butter and salt and black pepper to taste.