This tasty oven-roasted okra is a fantastic side dish! It can be made with fresh or frozen okra and only involves a few simple steps.
Whether you are a long-time okra lover or new to the vegetable, this will be your new favorite way to prepare okra.
Okra is available in most grocery stores from summer through early fall, and you can almost always find it in the freezer section.
Why You'll Love This Baked Okra Recipe
This is my favorite way to make okra, because it's incredibly flavorful as well as the best way to cut down on the "slime" of fresh okra.
While some people enjoy the slippery texture of okra, it's safe to say many of us don't love it. Roasting okra is the best way to reduce the residue known as mucilage. This recipe preserves the flavor but improves the mouthfeel with the perfect texture and less slime.
You can serve this baked okra on its own as a side dish, eat it as a snack, or add it to a soup, salad, or gumbo.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients and spices for this easy recipe.
- Fresh or frozen okra
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- optional - lemon wedges for serving
See the recipe card for quantities.
Preheat oven to 425
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Slice okra into ⅓ inch pieces. Discard the stems and ends.
Toss sliced okra in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper.
Place okra on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Roast in the oven for 15 minutes (if using fresh okra) or 25 to 30 minutes (if using frozen okra) or until the edges of okra are browned.
Serve immediately with optional lemon slices.
More Great Veggie Side Dish Recipes
If you love vegetable side dishes, here are some other easy, delicious ones!
- Easy Roasted Kohlrabi
- Asian Style Green Beans
- Roasted Purple Potatoes
- Roasted Patty Pan Squash with Parmesan
Using Frozen Okra
If you'd like to make this recipe in okra's offseason (late fall, winter, and spring), you'll likely be using frozen okra.
Here are some tips you'll need to know.
- Try to find okra that has already been cut into pieces. It's difficult to chop frozen okra.
- If you can only find whole, frozen okra pods you have two options - either allow them to defrost, pat them dry with some paper towels and then slice them OR roast them whole.
- You will likely need a full 10 to 15 minutes longer of roasting time if you are using frozen okra.
While the baked okra is best straight out of the oven, you can save it for up to 4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
You can freeze the cooked okra for up to 6 months in a freezer-safe container.
If you need to save fresh okra for a few days before using it, do not wash it. Washed okra needs to be cooked right away or it will begin to rot. Store fresh okra in a paper bag in the refrigerator.
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Cooking Tips - Make sure your okra is browned on the edges before removing it from the oven - you want it to be nice and crispy!
Specialty Ingredients - Fresh okra can usually be found at the grocery store or farmer's market in the summer (and sometimes in the early fall). Outside of those months, use chopped frozen okra for this recipe.
Recommended Tools - I highly recommend lining your sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper so the okra doesn't stick while roasting.
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Oven Roasted Okra
This delicious oven roast okra recipe is crispy and tasty! It's easy to make and is the best way to enjoy okra.
- 1 pound okra, cut into ⅓ inch slices
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- optional - lemon wedges for serving
- Preheat oven to 425
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Toss sliced okra in a bowl with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper.
- Place okra on baking sheet in a single layer.
- Roast in the oven for 15 minutes or until edges of okra are browned.
- Serve immediately with optional lemon slices.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 715mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g