Roasted Okra

If you’ve ever wondered if you can roast okra or if one could roast okra, wonder no more. Because roasted okra can be done and more importantly, it should be done.

Why roasted okra?? How to roast okra in the oven

For real, after I finally tried roasting okra, I forgot why I ever fried it (besides the obvious crispy reasons). Roasted okra becomes chewy and rich, a little bitter from the toasty bits, and — crucial information for some people — loses much, if not all, of its slime!

I’ve never been particularly sensitive to okra slime. Or maybe I just like slimy foods (See: nopalitos, gumbo) but with roasted okra I don’t notice it at all. And along with being yummy as hell, roasted okra is also neat and tidy with no oil splatters on your stove, and I’m not even kidding, but leftover, cold roasted okra is truly wonderful for breakfast.

And fried okra ain’t got nothing on that.

Roasted okra with onion, Serrano Chiles, olive oil and salt

(although I still love fried okra and have been known to — regretfully — eat a half pound of it at one sitting. hahaha lololol #IAlwaysRegretIt but #YOLO)


This technique also totally works with frozen sliced okra! Just toss the still-frozen okra chunks with the other ingredients and spread on a baking sheet. It’ll take a while longer but eventually, you’ll end up with crispy, browned caramelized okra that’d put the okra queen to shame.


Roasted Okra

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  • Author: Hilah



12 ounces fresh okra (or frozen chopped)

4 teaspoons oil

2 tablespoons diced onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional seasoning: 1/2 teaspoon cumin, turmeric; minced serrano chile


Of using fresh okra, slice into pieces a little thinner than 1/2 inch. If using frozen okra, do not thaw.

Toss okra (fresh or still-frozen) with onion, oil, salt and any additional seasonings until evenly coated. Spread onto a baking sheet and roast at 425ºF for 15-20 minutes (fresh) 35-45 minutes (frozen) until well-cooked and toasted. Serve hot.

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  1. Brenda on September 5, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Yum! Sounds great. I will take okra any way I can get it! Thanks for the great recipe.

    Sure hope I was too 3 for your new signed cook book
    Brenda from Texas
    If not I will have to buy it

    • Brooke on June 23, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      If I have whole frozen okra, can I do it the same way or do I need to cut them into smaller pieces first?

      • Hilah on June 24, 2020 at 7:02 am

        I would try them whole, only because I wouldn’t want to cut a bunch of frozen okra. Let them cook longer though

        • Robbie on May 25, 2021 at 3:03 pm

          What do you do to reduce the slime? Is there anything that you can soak it in?

          • Hilah on May 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

            I feel like roasting okra reduces the slime more than any other prep method. Especially if you get it really roasted and toasted

          • John on January 29, 2024 at 4:46 pm

            roasting is a natural way to reduce the grime. I’m about to roast the okra for the first time and add it to my seafood gumbo.

        • Robert Brown on January 3, 2022 at 7:25 am

          Worked great. How can I get a signed copy of your cookbook?

  2. Tiffany on April 15, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Excellent! I prefer cooking with fresh vegetables, but due to the covid-19 situation, I’ve had to purchase Frozen in order to prevent extra trips to the grocery store. Recipe came out great. I really appreciate that on your recipe you have tips for fresh or frozen options. Thank you for that and thank you for this. Every other recipe where I use frozen okra hasn’t come out right, and I know it’s because I didn’t cook it long enough.

    • Hilah on April 18, 2020 at 6:57 am

      I’m so glad you liked the roasted okra, Tiffany! I love it cooked this way

      • TaraF12 on August 30, 2020 at 2:34 pm

        Kroger substituted breaded frozen okra for plain frozen okra. I had planned on putting it in my air fryer I just got to try it out. Could you roast the okra in the air fryer? How long do you think work?

        • Hilah on September 1, 2020 at 8:36 am

          I’ve never used an air fryer but I’m sure there are directions for it somewhere online

          • Elizabeth on September 19, 2020 at 2:57 pm

            Airfired okra is the best

        • Shannon on November 14, 2020 at 5:56 pm

          You can do it in the air fryer it at 400 for about 8-10 minutes, shaking halfway through and then just keep checking for preferred doneness. It’s delicious!

          • Hilah on November 16, 2020 at 7:28 am

            Thank you for the tip, Shannon!

      • Bruce Boyd on September 19, 2022 at 4:37 pm

        Roasted with onion, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper. Came out.great. Son- in-law stopped over and tried some. He’s never had okra before, and he liked it.

        • Hilah on September 27, 2022 at 7:24 pm

          Sounds great!

    • Monica on May 11, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      Was looking for a different way to cook some frozen okra. Found this recipe and I absolutely love it! Made this last night and making another batch today!! I added a chopped fresh jalapeño to it, cumin, cayenne pepper and seasoned salt. Amazing! Tha k you for this recipe!!

    • Mercedes Lewis on October 10, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      I just got fresh okra from farmers market and fresh yellow squash, going to have a roasted veggie feast, also have lots of different sauces to try, il let you know how it all turns out😀do I roast the onions too?

      • Hilah on October 11, 2022 at 7:35 pm

        Roast everything!!!! 😀

  3. Michele Bobosky on April 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    It’s wonderful! Nutty, carmelized and delicious. Thanks for the idea and recipe!

    • Hilah on April 18, 2020 at 6:58 am

      Roasted is one of the best ways to cook okra, for sure 🙂

      • Bonnie Bianchi on July 1, 2020 at 3:29 pm

        This is just delicious I bought the frozen baby okra from Mediterranean foods I’ve also used cut okra but prefer the whole baby, tossed with tumeric,onion powder, dash cayenne, olive oil 425 45 minutes then dipped in Greek yogurt as I devour them! Thank you!

      • Doris Pryor on April 22, 2021 at 4:35 pm

        I just made the recipe….. very delicious ?? had it for a healthy snack….will definitely make it again real soon.????

  4. April J on May 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I made this with frozen okra and it was great! I agree with Tiffany- it’s great that you shared instructions for both fresh and frozen okra.
    I used salt, cumin and turmeric for the spices. I definitely plan to make this again.

    • Hilah on May 14, 2020 at 10:49 am

      I’m so glad! I think this is the best way to cook frozen okra 🙂

  5. AJ on May 24, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Great Recipe. You can even make an Indian version of this dish if you add cumin powder, red chili powder and Dry coriander powder( local Asian/Indian store).

    • Hilah on May 26, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Delicious idea!

  6. Shr on June 4, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Yummy outcome. I did broil for 10 min after 20 min of baking fresh okra. It got that crispy texture and flavor I was looking for

  7. Christina white on July 13, 2020 at 11:51 am

    I made this with fresh okra & used everything but the bagel seasoning & it was delicious!!!!

  8. Diane on August 19, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve ? n eating okra cooked this way for years. It is SOOOOOO good!

  9. Debbie on August 27, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve been craving okra and fresh okra is not too readily available as much as I’d like. I was SO happy to see the recipe works with frozen. Yay! I used whole frozen okra with all the recommended seasoning? Yum! It is going to be a definite repeat! It was a huge hit! Thank you!

    • Hilah on August 29, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Glad to hear that! Okra is one of my favorite vegetables, too

  10. Joey on September 22, 2020 at 2:19 pm


  11. Julie Orji on September 30, 2020 at 8:14 am

    I have tried this recipe a few times now and it’s delicious! Thank you ?

  12. Lynn on November 10, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I made the recipe according to the directions given. The taste was great. Many of the smaller pieces of okra were heavily charred, however. I think I need to adjust the cooking time in my oven. I used frozen sliced okra at 425 degrees for 40 minutes. I will definitely try this again. I really liked the taste of the okra.

  13. Teri on December 17, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    A downside to stockpiling for the pandemic is buying two packages of frozen okra when you already had two and a half packages at home! I make a chicken creole that obviously calls for okra and I intended to make it a couple times while we are isolating this Winter; the recipe only takes half a package so….I ran across this recipe and LOVED it. I used olive oil and added 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and turmeric. It only took about 30 minutes rather than 35. Good thing it’s low in calories because I ate the whole 12 ounces with my (canned) salmon cake 😉

    • Hilah on December 23, 2020 at 5:30 am

      Yum! Yes, I can easily eat 12 ounces of okra myself this way. yikes! 😛

  14. Debbie on January 7, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you so much for the guidance on roasting frozen okra in the oven. I’m as southern as country cornbread, yet I love trying new recipes. This one hit the jackpot! We absolutely loved it. So delicious and healthy.
    I’ll be using this recipe often.

  15. Brendan D on April 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    I am so stoked to see someone else do something other than fried (even though I can easily founder on fried okra)! I love okra, crave it at times. It’s delicious, low in calories, and high in fiber. My favorite way is tossed in olive oil and grilled with a touch of s and p. I stab about 10-12 pods on a skewer for easy flipping the same way I do asparagus. I also like to sauté it with onions an garlic for a frittata or a quiche too. I moved from Texas to Cali about 21 years ago and you can’t find fresh okra here very easily. I’m forced to grow my own.

    • Hilah on April 20, 2021 at 6:46 am

      I agree, Brendan. I love okra and it’s so healthy. Your grilled okra sounds great!

    • Kevin in California on October 22, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      If you keep looking, I’m sure you’ll find it fresh. I run into it all the time here in California, even at Walmart and Winco. Failing that, look at various ethnic grocery stores. It’s out there!

  16. Sally Anne on July 21, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    I love okra, and I even LOVE the collagen for my joints! Really helps. How do I cook OKRA without losing the gelatinous part my body needs? Perhaps don’t slice it up, but cook whole?
    Then the outside might be crispy and would still get my lovely gelatin?

    • Hilah on July 22, 2021 at 5:46 am

      Hi Sally, I am also a fan of okra’s “slime”, but as far as I know, cooking it doesn’t make it disappear. It dries it out a bit but the good parts (soluble fiber) are all still there! Roasting whole would probably work, too, though. I am also a fan of sliced okra eaten raw in salads.

  17. Catherine Biondi on August 23, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Since I didn’t feel like chopping onions, I substituted some jarred minced garlic and used a little onion salt and fresh ground black pepper. Then, when I took it out of the oven, I added a generous topping of shredded Parmesan and let the heat soften the cheese. Exquisite!!

  18. Scott on August 31, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    This is probably my fav okra recipe. There’s little mess but all the flavor. I use a large cast iron pan in the oven and give it a stir a couple times during cooking. Mostly I use frozen okra that’s already cut, but I use fresh whole okra when it’s in season.

    • Hilah on September 9, 2021 at 11:08 am

      I’m really glad you like this okra recipe. It’s such a good and healthy vegetable!

  19. Kevin A. on October 22, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    Great recipe, thank you so much! Terrific alternative to the carb and calorie-laden breaded and fried okra.

    My only tweak is that when roasting vegetables, my preferred seasoning is to mix a package of onion soup mix into the oil then shake up in a big plastic bag to coat everything. The bags they give you to put your veggies in at the grocery store work great for this.

    • Hilah on October 22, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      That sounds great!

  20. Richard on January 25, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    A-mazing! So simple to prepare. And the results far exceed any old corn meal fried okra. Wow. Thanks for opening my eyes –and especially my palate!!!!

    • Hilah on February 8, 2022 at 11:39 am

      I agree roasted okra really gives fried okra some stiff competition!

  21. Janet Middleton on August 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    This was delicious!!! Used fresh okra from the garden and added a tsp of medium spiced berbere. Thanks so much! Perfect!

    • Hilah on August 17, 2022 at 8:18 pm

      Berebere okra is a great idea!

  22. Marsha on August 18, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I made this tonight and added cubed yellow squash and cherry tomatoes. It was delicious and pretty too!

    • Hilah on August 23, 2022 at 9:49 am

      Great idea for summer vegetables!

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