Okay, confession time. Even though it’s a classic southern side, I thought I hated okra. And that may still be partially true because I do hate the gooey mess of okra, but thanks to my good friend Amy with Greenbrier Farms, I was introduced to a whole different way of cooking fresh okra that makes it crispy and dry and deeeelicious (but it’s not fried okra, so it’s one of the more healthier okra recipes!)—the best way to make okra, in my opinion!
How to Cook Okra (Oven Roasted)
OMG. Sorry guests. I ate them all before you arrived!
What Does Okra Taste Like?
Okra has a mild, grassy flavor, similar to eggplant or green beans. But, when roasted, some of the smaller pieces are so crispy and good you might even mistake them for French fries. Yep, it’s that good.
Roasting Okra in the Oven
As you’ll see in our recipe below, roasting Okra in the oven is incredibly easy! It really brings out the flavor, makes it nice and crispy and nearly irresistible!
So please do me a favor and give this super quick and easy roasted whole okra recipe a go the next time you need a vegetable side dish, and then tell me if I’ve turned you into an okra lover as well! :)
What do you use Roast Okra For?
Roast okra is a healthy snack alternative to the fried version, although it does have quite a few uses in the kitchen! Turn it into a variety of other dishes like stuffed peppers, gumbo or even Spanish rice to add a nice roasted flavor. Most commonly though, they’re great as a starter, side or delicious snack!
Other Vegetable Snack Recipes
Here’s a picture of my friend Amy in her farm kitchen introducing us to this method of making okra … thanks friend! :)
40 thoughts on “How to Cook Okra”
Made for the 2nd time and definitely my new favorite way with garden fresh small okra. Love more than fried, healthier and easier.
These just came out of the oven and oh my goodness, are they delicious. I used the oil from Chile crisp to coat and so used them with a biriyani seasoning going in.
They came out light and crisp. Make sure you have temp nice and big and you follow the cooking instructions. If nits coming out tough or gummy, your oven temp is probably off.
Wow! This Southerner should have known better, Was trying to let my oven do the work to save time, but time is money, & I just wasted a batch of lovely, fresh okra :( Folks, cut your okra into rounds, saute in a cast iron skillet & finish with a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning, cornmeal & salt.
That recipe sounds really good too. You may want to try roasting again. Roasting okra is truly one of mine and my hubby’s favorite side dishes.
Tough as old boots and quite stringy. We had to throw them out
Question, has anyone tried with frozen cut okra and how did it turn out? Thank you in advance.
We would highly recommend fresh okra for this recipe as the texture would not be the best if you used frozen. – Nicole
I used to roast frozen okra all the time and it comes out great. Now I use my air fryer and it, too comes out great!
I have been searching for a delightful okra recipe and never found one until today. I have tried cooking okra b4, but it is the slime that turns me off. I have tried different methods, but was never satisfied with the results. But this recipe resonates with me and I am sooo excited and trust this will be delicious, bc this is exactly how I prepare and cook brussel sprouts. Thanks so much and I can not wait to dive into this new dish. Shalom!
This recipe is impossible! You cannot take fresh okra from the garden, that it in the way advised and expect anything edible to come from it. After following these directions, I came out with a tough, fibrous, non-edible, mess. Was gonna save it for my husband to taste but decided he’d be just as appalled. What I’m guessing SHOULD HAVE BEEN advised is perhaps steaming or sautéing for 10-20 minutes, Then roasting.
I’m sorry to hear they did not work out for you. One of our readers mentioned that if the temperature is off they won’t come out crunchy. – Nicole
This is how I cook my fresh home grown Okra. My husband and I love it and have that dish at least 3 times a week during okra season. I do slice them length wise instead of leaving whole but I’m going to try leaving them whole next time. Steamed vegetables are rarely (if ever) delicious.
Now that I am living in Oregon, its impossible to find whole okra :( Ive been making the okra chips in my Ninja air fryer. I use Avacado Oil because its one of the few that can handle high temps without the oil burning. But most importantly it’s incredibly healthy. Its the best oil to use. You should try a mixture of Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, himalayan salt and cayenne pepper. They taste AhMazing!
Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll have to give it a try. – Nicole
Made these last night and they were tough texture, as in hard to chew.
Delicious flavor & really great texture! I sprinkled garlic powder over the okra after taking it out of the oven. Yum!
I just got a whole lot of okra so anxious to try this recipe. I love roasted Veggies and didn’t think to do this with the okra!
Can you use frozen okra?
Fresh is the to go with this recipe. The texture with frozen would not be the best.
OMG. Sorry guests. I ate them all before you arrived!
I love Okra, can’t get enough of it. Never tried crisping it, I will surely try when I can put my hand on them. In the past, we used to steam them and when cool, we dip them in a vinaigrette sauce and eat them like that. They are very nice this way also.
Hubby grew up in the south and LOVES okra…the consistency reminds me of buggers … so gross. BUT I’ll try these as I TRUST you and I’m willing to try everything once…
OOPS…yeah, that was too much. Sorry :(
Ok I followed recipe wasn’t loving it. Never had okra but are you supposed to eat the seeds and it wasn’t crispy. It was mushy maybe I didn’t leave it long enough
heyya.Never had it like this….I slice it round slices, dip in egg mixture, fry in coconut oil, s&p and it is delicious…..probably not as healthy as yours….but they say coconut oil is good for you…..
This roasting method works with a variety of other veggies as well – broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts……..all good.
Greenbrier Farms is right up the road from me. I haven’t tried this, though. May be the next thing on my list!
I call them OKRA FRIES,I usually cut them in half length wise and then oil them up and as
Th and pepper them too! They are one of our favorite veggies, also cheaper when they are in season so I’m always keeping my eye out! I should try them whole though, I’ve never done that!
Never had it like this….I slice it round slices, dip in egg mixture, fry in coconut oil, s&p and it is delicious…..probably not as healthy as yours….but they say coconut oil is good for you…..
Can’t wait to try this. I do love okra pickled as well! Yum!
I’ve had okra so many ways. I am southern after all. Grandmother used to make me stewed okra & tomatoes over rice (one of my favorites). Grandfather made pickled okra (I could eat a whole jar. Plus these are awesome with a Bloody Mary). Fried okra is a staple. My mom chops it up to put in vegetable soup. It’s very versatile.
You can do the same thing with brussel sprouts. They too taste like french fries.
So relieved to see this recipe! My gardening friends are always offering me okra, but when I ask them how they recommend preparing it, they say they only ever deep fry it. Not happening! This sounds worth a try!
We just “discovered” okra this way while in Charleston, SC during July and love it! The Man of the House is gonna be so excited when I tell him you taught me to make it at home!
We grew up on okra! My mother, a retired cook would put them in mixed greens. She would to that, after the greens were almost done. So good!!! I’ve also had them fried with cornmeal. You’ve been missing out:)
I have never tried okra. Now, this I will try. My farmer’s market is overflowing with okra right now.
Confession– I’ve never cooked Okra! But, I always say you can roast any veg and it’ll taste great…
Will try this right away!
I love okra! Even the gooey kind. You can also take them and salt, pepper and put Cajun seasoning on with some olive oil. Throw them on the grill for a couple of minutes. Perfect! Same result of crispy okra, the smaller pods work best!