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. Roasting removes the slimy texture of 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 and 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 as a side dish for pork chops or any other main course, eat it as a snack, or add it to a soup, salad, or gumbo.
This easy recipe for roasted okra in the oven requires only a few simple ingredients and spices.
- 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 degrees F.
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 the okra are golden brown.
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 challenging to chop frozen okra.
- If you can only find whole, frozen okra pods, you have two options: 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
Cooking Tips - Make sure your okra is browned on the edges before removing it from the oven - you want it to have a crispy bite!
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.
Optional Substitutions - If you'd like to add more spice to this recipe, add ½ teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper to the spice mixture. You can also add ½ teaspoon of onion powder.
Alternate Cooking Methods - You can also make this recipe in the air fryer. Prepare the okra as stated in the recipe card. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F, then cook the okra for 10 minutes until it is browned and crispy.
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- 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 degrees F.
- 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 a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Roast in the oven for 15 minutes or until the edges of the 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