February 21, 2013

Author Notes: Chicken Adobo has been a standby favorite dish for decades.i mean, Adobo, what's not to like? Soy sauce (Tamari- even better!), vinegar, garlic, bay leaf, black pepper: some of my favorite flavors. Not only that, but the few ingredients are always in my pantry, and it takes only 5 minutes to put it together! The other night, I was looking for a simple okra preparation that would complement a chicken entree., so I tried adapting the Adobo for okra. Hooray, it worked! I have also had luck serving this easy veggie as a shared appetizer, served with toothpicks. Many Northerners are unfamiliar with okra, and they really enjoy its bright crunch. LE BEC FIN

Serves: 4


  • 1 pound okra pods, fresh or frozen (no need to remove caps)
  • 1/4 cup Japanese soy sauce or tamari(I prefer SanJ Low Sodium)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (cider vinegar, cane and red wine vinegar also work)
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock, reduced from ~2/3 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves, broken up
  • 1/4 pound Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunchokes, optional; unpeeled, washed, cut into 2" peces
In This Recipe


  1. Put all into a saucepan, cover and bring to boil. Set lid ajar, reduce to simmer , After 10 minutes, taste and adjust seasoning. Cook 15-30 minutes til okra is tender and filled with flavor. Remove from heat, remove okra from pan and cook down juices to thicken a bit. Pour over okra and serve.
  2. Note: When I make Chicken Adobo, I always have some leftover sauce that I keep in the freezer. The more it gets used and supplemented with further Adobo chicken dishes(like a Starter!), the more chicken essence/gelatin gets added If you have some, you can use this for all or part of this recipe.
  3. * The nutty flavor and creamy texture of Jerusalem Artichokesmake make a nice complement to the okra.

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