Oven Roasted Okra


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.

If you’ve never had okra before, you’re in for a treat! And if you’re from the south and are thinking there’s no way this could be as good as fried okra… hear me out! It’s still crispy and a delicious yet healthy recipe!

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

This is hands down my favorite way to make okra. It’s so simple to make and pairs with basically any protein.

Sliced fresh okra before roasting on a wood cutting board

What is Okra?

Okra is technically a fruit but is treated like a vegetable for cooking! It’s common in Southern cooking – it’s a key part of gumbo. Okra is rich in vitamins C and K and surprisingly has a good amount of protein in it! Okra naturally has a slimy texture to it (thanks to the sugar residue called mucilage) which is great for thickening gumbo but not great for someone that isn’t a fan of that texture. Lucky for you, this method of cooking okra results in a crispy side!

Roasted okra on black baking stone

Here’s What You Need

  • okra – make sure you’re using fresh okra!
  • olive oil – to coat the okra pieces so the delicious spices stick.
  • seasonings and spices – fresh thyme, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper
  • optional – a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little spice!
Spices in a clear bowl for roasted okra

How to Prep Okra

I have seen roasted okra prepared in two ways – by slicing it into long strips like I did, or by cutting it into discs. Either works for this recipe!

Start by cutting away the stem from the okra and the very tip of the end. Carefully cut the okra in half lengthwise and place in a bowl for seasoning. Easy peasy!

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

What to Serve with Roasted Okra

Honestly, this roasted broccoli can be paired with just about any protein option – beanstofufishchicken… the possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas:

White plate with oven roasted okra on wood cutting board.

More Roasted Vegetable Recipes to Try:

Oven Roasted Okra

5 from 40 votes
Skip the fried okra! This method for roasted okra comes together quickly and tastes delicious. It’s my favorite way to prepare fresh okra.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Trim the okra by cutting away the stem ends and the tips, just the very ends. Then cut the okra in half, lengthwise.
  • Place okra in a large bowl. Add oil and spices and stir to coat the okra halves.
  • 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.
  • Serve hot — they tend to lose the crispy texture as they cool.


Serving: 1/2 pound Calories: 107kcal Carbohydrates: 17g Protein: 5g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 311mg Potassium: 691mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 3g
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted okra


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    1. Linda Dabulewicz
      June 20, 2021 AT 7:43 pm

      5 stars
      I am diabetic a eat okra to help lower my blood sugar. I am going totry this recipe for something different . I steep sliced okra, just one piece of okra in hot water , drink the waster and eat the piece of okra. It lowers my blood sugar about 50 points. I suffer from dawn effect and am type 2. Do a Google search

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 10:54 am

        Let me know how it turns out for you, Linda!

    2. Ingrid
      June 15, 2021 AT 10:17 pm

      I haven’t tried the recipe yet I just wanted to remark on the cuisine says “American”. Not sure if this is just how to make this recipe here in America but okra is from the Nile in Abyssinia, in the area we recognize today as Ethiopia. Just thought I’d add some background, thanks!

    3. Linda P King
      June 15, 2021 AT 2:18 pm

      What changes would need to be made if using WHOLE FROZEN OKRA, if any.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2021 AT 5:13 pm

        I haven’t tried the recipe with frozen okra, but I would imagine you could just cook them from frozen following the recipe. Let me know if you try it!

    4. Toffany
      June 5, 2021 AT 8:43 pm

      5 stars
      Loved this! Turned out so great!
      Thank you so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 7, 2021 AT 11:06 am

        Woo!! So glad this recipe turned out for you, Toffany!

    5. Barbara Artsay
      May 30, 2021 AT 10:20 pm

      My go to seasoning for okra is salt and cumin and it’s divine. I used to cut it in slices but I’m trying it in half like you suggested.

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