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)

Tip!

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.

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Roasted Okra

  • Author: Hilah
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Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

12 Comments

  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
    Love
    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

  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

  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 🙂

  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

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