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Easy Oven Roasted Okra

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Okra, okra, mo-mokra, banana fana, o-hokra… and so it goes. It may not be an easy to word to rhyme or insert into song, but there’s something magical about those delicious green pods.

While they’re not quite as versatile as shrimp (as we learned from Bubba in Forrest Gump), okra can be fried, pickled, stewed, roasted, grilled, or eaten raw. I’ve also recently used frozen pods in smoothies as a thickener. Who would have thought?? And this oven roasted okra recipe (or baked okra, for some) doesn’t disappoint!

roasted okra on a large pan

For any recipe, or raw okra eating, you want to make sure you pick them at the right size. You’ll find great info on picking (or choosing at the farmers’ market) here. (Here’s a hint: pointer-finger sized is just about perfect!) 

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Oven Roasted Okra

While coating and frying cut okra is a southern staple, it’s not always the fastest way to get this veggie on your weeknight dinner table (not to mention the clean-up and “fried” smell left lingering in the house). So what’s an easy way to get this veggie prepped and cooked with hardly any fuss and no constant monitoring? Oven roasting.

I didn’t always think this was an option for okra. What about the slime? Will it get crisp? But as it turns out, my family loves oven roasted okra. In this version, the cumin provides a smoky flavor while the light seasoning of salt and pepper let this green jewel’s flavor shine through.

While oven roasted okra doesn’t have the same “crunch” as the fried variety, the true okra taste also isn’t overpowered by a thick coating. My husband would still prefer the classic fried okra every once in a while, but for me (and whoever is cleaning the kitchen) roasting can’t be beat.

Oven Roasted Okra Ingredients

  • Fresh okra, cut into pieces
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp salt (I love using mineral salt)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cumin

Easy Baked Okra Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash your fresh okra pods and slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces. Spread okra onto a sheet pan in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to coat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sliced okra cut on a cookie sheet
  2. In a small dish, mix salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin (I love the hint of “smokiness” that this adds). Mix. Sprinkle over the top of cut okra.                                                seasoned okra on a cookie sheet
  3. Place pan in preheated oven and roast for 15-20 minutes. You want the edges of the okra to be browned. Remove pan from oven and serve immediately.                               roasted okra on a white plate with chicken

For low-maintenance or busy cooks, this okra recipe is a winner. Our girly gardener, who loves all things fried and buttered, ate three helpings of this last week. I’m not going to complain… even though I would have liked to have had a few more myself.

I’d love to know about your favorite way to eat okra or what veggie you think tastes best roasted. Happy Gardening!

Yield: 6 servings

Easy Oven Roasted Okra

roasted okra

Crispy, oven roasted okra is just 20 minutes away with this easy and delicious baked okra recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 seconds
Total Time 10 minutes 35 seconds

Ingredients

  • 4 cups okra, cut
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While oven is heating, slice okra into 1/2-3/4 inch pieces.
    2. Spread cut okra in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and stir okra to coat.
    3. Mix salt, garlic powder, pepper, and cumin in small dish and stir well. Sprinkle on top of okra.
    4. Bake 15-20 minutes or until okra is lightly browned on edges. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Notes

Have a favorite spice that you enjoy? Add it into the mix!

For a bit of heat with your oven-roasted okra, add in a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 394mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

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Rodney

Friday 17th of August 2018

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Joyce Thiesmeyer

Wednesday 1st of August 2018

Can you use frozen okra?

Courtney

Wednesday 1st of August 2018

Great question, Joyce. I have not used frozen okra for roasting. I'm afraid of a mushy consistency, but it might be worth trying. I generally use frozen for smoothies and stews. Thanks for stopping by!

Kristi

Monday 28th of August 2017

This was delicious!! Thanks! I didn't even miss the breading usually found in the "fried" okra common here in the south ;)

Courtney

Wednesday 30th of August 2017

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Kristi! Thanks for stopping by!

Patti @ Garden Matter

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

Hi Courtney, I'm not from the south but happen to love okra. Thanks for reminding me how much.

Courtney

Wednesday 21st of September 2016

I'm so glad you love it! Even down here it's pretty unappreciated. :)

Stacey W.

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

Our favorite way (other than fried, of course) is grilled okra. We just snip off the tops and skewer the okra. We sprinkle them in my husband's homemade seasoning that he uses for bbq pork and throw the skewers on the grill. Easy, delicious, and the husband does the cooking. ;)

Courtney

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

It is so nice when someone else does the cooking. Thanks for the great grilling tip too, Stacey!

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