(Total time will vary with appliance and setting.)
To quickly thaw okra, rinse with cold water until it is separated.
You can substitute 1 cup chopped fully cooked ham for the sausage.
Instead of serving the soup over cooked rice, you can cook the rice right in the soup. Stir 1/2 cup uncooked regular long grain rice into the soup with the okra during the last 20 minutes of cooking. Cover and cook on high heat setting 25 to 30 minutes.