Skip the fried okra and bake it instead! This method for roasted okra comes together quickly and tastes delicious. It’s my favorite way to prepare fresh okra.

This weekend we went to the farmers market on Saturday morning and one of the local vendors had pie pumpkins for sale — I took this as a sign and spent most of Saturday afternoon baking up some pumpkin goodies including pumpkin cornbread muffins and pumpkin protein bars. Yup, pumpkin is back my friends!

Anyhow, this post isn’t pumpkin or fall related at all. It’s about a simple and delicious way to cook everyone’s favorite summer vegetable fruit, okra.

White plate with oven roasted okra sitting on a wood table.

Could you sense the sarcasm there?

It’s true, okra is technically a fruit and yes, I know there are plenty of people who think okra is weird and slimy, but trust me here — pretty much everything tastes better when roasted, including okra!

Sliced fresh okra before roasting on a wood cutting board

I won’t lie, the chopping process can be a tiny bit slimy…

Roasted okra on black baking stone

but throw a little olive oil and spices on those okra halves, toss them in the oven and roast for a good 20 to 25 minutes and you have yourself a tasty, healthy side dish sans the slime.

Spices in a clear bowl for roasted okra

For you southerners, I know this isn’t exactly fried okra, but hear me out — it’s still crispy and it’s way better for you!

White plate of oven roasted okra on a wood cutting board.

The only problem is that the okra does shrink down quite a bit and it’s addictive. I almost ate the whole pan by myself. Lucky for Isaac, I was able to save him a few pieces. Literally it was jut a few. Oops!

White plate with oven roasted okra on wood cutting board.

I have to say, I think that this is my favorite way to eat okra!

And if me saying it’s my favorite doesn’t convince you to try it, check out the nutrition stats — a 1/2 pound serving of okra (which isn’t hard to consume when roasted) has a whopping 5 grams of protein. Bring on the okra.

If you make this roasted okra recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Oven Roasted Okra


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Description

Skip the fried okra! This method for roasted okra comes together quickly and tastes delicious. It’s my favorite way to prepare fresh okra.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound okra, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Trim the okra by cutting away the stem ends and the tips, just the very ends. Then cut the okra in half, lengthwise.
  3. Place okra in a large bowl. Add oil and spices and stir to coat the okra halves.
  4. Place okra on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, shaking or stirring the okra at least twice during the roasting time. You’ll know the okra is ready when it’s lightly browned and tender.
  5. Serve hot — they tend to lose the crispy texture as they cool.

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 pound
  • Calories: 101
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 5g

Keywords: roasted okra

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    50 comments
    1. Kelsey Hartley
      October 21, 2020 AT 6:26 am

      We love this recipe! Slicing the okra in half vertically is the best part, as it makes these cook up like a chip, but way better for you. My husband who basically only likes crunchy vegetables is every willing to eat this okra with his breakfast! Thanks for the recipe.

    2. Jesper
      October 6, 2020 AT 11:04 pm

      Hrest recioe, these little okra morseks turbed ouf oerfect. I chose to sloce tem S instructed and placed thd hslves directly on a bsking sheet. I then drizzled them with olive out, ground pepper, cayenne pepper and the middle east spice blend zaatar. They tucbed out perfectly and youre right the slime practically disappeared.
      Wonderful. Kerp it up.

    3. cyndi
      September 20, 2020 AT 10:31 pm

      Super easy and for sure very tasty. No mess and healthy! Tonight was first time having it, can see having this very often.

    4. Kristen J Powers
      September 11, 2020 AT 8:44 pm

      I’ve never cooked okra before because all I ever hear about are fried versions. I saw this recipe and gave it a try. It was so good!! I used dried thyme because it’s all I had so I’m sure even better with fresh. I will make it again just to put out as a snack because it was not slimy at all and would make a good finger food. My kids even liked it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:31 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad this recipe was a hit, Kristen. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    5. Twana
      September 3, 2020 AT 7:14 pm

      I absolutely love this! So easy to do and taste delicious. I eat the whole pan by myself.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 11:08 pm

        Ahh yay! So pumped you loved this recipe, Twana. 🙂 Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    6. Sue
      September 2, 2020 AT 5:25 pm

      Made this last week and we all loved it. Didn’t use the thyme then, but may try it tonight. Used air fryer to cook – easy and crispy.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 11:25 pm

        So glad this recipe was a hit, Sue! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. <3

    7. cecelia
      August 31, 2020 AT 2:28 pm

      Made this…quick, easy and so good. Making again today.

    8. Meg Raines
      August 30, 2020 AT 5:11 pm

      My husband said this is the best okra he’s ever eaten and it was! Delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2020 AT 7:13 pm

        Ahh yay!! So pumped you guys loved this recipe, Meg!

    9. Holly
      August 24, 2020 AT 7:27 pm

      I got a bag of okra in my CSA and wasn’t at all sure what to do with it or whether I’d like it. This was delish! And easy to make! I added nutritional yeast to my spicy mix and left it in the oven longer–maybe 40 min total? It turned out great! Will make again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 24, 2020 AT 10:01 pm

        So glad this recipe turned out for you, Holly!! I so appreciate you trying my recipe and coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    10. Handtalker
      August 21, 2020 AT 1:36 pm

      Gonna make this and I wanted to share pick smaller okra for recipe if when you feel them, they are not hard. Bigger okra are Woody and pretty much stay that way when cooked. Some species if okra can be longer and yet not Woody. So maybe feel that okra.lol
      And 2 tsp of Tyme seems a lot? Does it overpower the flavor of the okra?
      Also a way to bake whole okra, not cutting stem off, is to egg wash, roll in breading, usually cornmeal type, season as you like, and bake in lightly greased pan.
      You could pan fry too. Bake till tender and crispy. Not sure of temperature 375 maybe. 20 30 min?
      You just eat all but the top stem.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 21, 2020 AT 2:00 pm

        Hey there! Thanks for sharing this! I personally don’t the thyme is overpowering, but you can of course use less seasoning depending on your taste preference. 🙂

    11. Terry Starr
      August 18, 2020 AT 6:12 pm

      I used to hate okra. After trying this recipe, I can’t wait to get some more!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2020 AT 2:36 pm

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Terry!

    12. Genie Beall
      August 6, 2020 AT 10:18 pm

      This was perfection!! Thank You!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 7, 2020 AT 5:32 pm

        Yay! So glad these turned out for you, Genie. 🙂

    13. Karen Fouse
      July 28, 2020 AT 5:04 pm

      This was delicious. I will make this again. Makes a good snack!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 28, 2020 AT 9:56 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this okra, Karen! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    14. Russ Smariga
      July 4, 2020 AT 5:52 pm

      We have always been big okra fans —but this recipe takes it to a whole new level! Best okra recipe EVER!!! Thanks for posting. Today marks the second time in 10 days that we have had it. Also, definitely find a farmers market vendor that has just picked the okra no sooner than the day before. We had no idea what a difference having fresh-picked okra would make. If you can’t source it fresh-picked, no worries, since this recipe is also the best way to prepare okra from your local supermarket!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2020 AT 6:13 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Russ! I’m so glad you’ve been loving this recipe. Thanks for making it and for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    15. Vivian
      June 17, 2020 AT 8:21 pm

      This recipe is fabulous! Addictive! Easy! Thank you!!!

    16. Beverly
      May 18, 2020 AT 9:28 am

      I made this roasted Okra hoping to love it as I typically enjoy eating okra.

      The skins were terribly tough and chewy kind of like celery strings.
      I’m not sure what happened.
      I’ll try it again hopefully it comes out edible.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2020 AT 10:53 pm

        Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that, Beverly. I’m not sure what happened either. It could have been the okra itself. How old was it?

    17. Emily Boyd
      April 27, 2020 AT 2:40 pm

      I always fry my okra. This was amazing!

    18. Sravanthi
      March 19, 2020 AT 8:45 pm

      Loved it

    19. JonJohnvin
      February 16, 2020 AT 9:11 pm

      I really enjoyed this take on okra. Any definitely add cayenne pepper! Thanks

    20. Sandra K West
      September 23, 2019 AT 10:37 am

      Why would you trim off ends?? I’ve roasted it all whole for years. You buy dehydrated that way. Nor do I need to wash mine, since it comes straight from garden and prepped for oven.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 24, 2019 AT 11:03 pm

        Hi Sandra, It’s completely a personal preference! Trimming the ends off / washing isn’t required.

    21. Tamara
      September 11, 2018 AT 5:15 pm

      I love okra trying this recipe now seems like it shall be good! Also going to see if my three year old would eat it ☺! Fingers crossed!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2018 AT 8:24 am

        I hope you love the roasted okra, Tamara. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat okra!

    22. Nellie
      June 3, 2018 AT 12:30 pm

      I super love okra will try this recipe tonight

    23. Laura
      August 10, 2016 AT 10:29 pm

      I’ve roasted okra many times and it’s been ok. Tried it with this spice combo and yum! Thanks,

    24. Teresa
      March 1, 2016 AT 6:08 pm

      Can’t wait to try this. I have tried dehydrated Okra and it was fabulous. A new substitute for Chips. Thanks for the recipe!!!

    25. Christine
      September 9, 2015 AT 8:26 pm

      LOVED this! I have a 5 okra plants producing enough okra for us to have every 2-3 days – I have a few “go to” recipes – stewed with tomatoes, grilled with butter, salt and pepper, and now THIS – it’s my favorite – so easy and the kids even ate it! Thanks!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 9, 2015 AT 10:13 pm

        Hooray! Knowing that you and your whole family loved this recipe makes me so happy. Hopefully you get a chance to make it again with your next harvest. 🙂

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