Oven Roasted Okra


Skip the fried okra and bake it instead! This method for roasted okra comes together quickly and tastes delicious – perfectly seasoned and a little crispy. It’s my fave 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. With this method, it still gets crispy and it’s a bit healthier too!

Roasted okra on a plate with a fork.

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

Fresh okra being chopped on a wooden cutting board.

What is Okra?

Okra is technically a fruit, but is treated like a vegetable for cooking! It’s common in Southern cooking and 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 things (like 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 dish, no slime!

Ingredients measured out to make roasted okra: olive oil, pepper, salt, fresh okra, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and fresh thyme.

Here’s What You Need

  • okra – make sure you’re using fresh okra for this recipe and be sure your okra is on the smaller side. Large okra tends to have a thick, woody texture that’s almost impossible to chew through.
  • olive oil – to coat the okra pieces for roasting and help the delicious spices stick.
  • seasonings and spices – I like using fresh or dried thyme, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper
  • optional – a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little spice!
Fresh okra in a mixing bowl seasoned with spices and herbs.
Side by side photos of okra on a baking sheet before and after being roasted.

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!

Roasted okra on a plate with a fork. A couple glasses of water and a stack of plates are beside the plate of okra.

What to Serve with Roasted Okra

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

More Roasted Vegetable Recipes to Try:

Oven Roasted Okra

4 from 81 votes
Move over fried okra! This method for roasted okra comes together quickly and tastes delicious – perfectly seasoned, not slimy at all and even a little crispy. It's my fave way to prepare fresh okra.
Roasted okra on a plate with a fork.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 pound okra, rinsed and dried
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Trim the okra by cutting away the stem ends and the tips, just the very ends. Then cut the okra in half, lengthwise.
    Fresh okra being chopped on a wooden cutting board.
  • Place okra in a large bowl. Add oil and spices and toss to coat the okra halves.
    Fresh okra in a mixing bowl seasoned with spices and herbs.
  • Place okra on a baking sheet in a single layer.
    Seasoned fresh okra on a baking sheet.
  • 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.
    Roasted okra on a baking sheet.
  • Serve hot as 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. Elizabeth
      September 16, 2021 AT 8:40 am

      5 stars
      Made these last night and they were delicious! Really easy to whip up. They didn’t even make it to a plate – we just picked at them right from the baking sheet. Will make it again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 16, 2021 AT 11:56 am

        Yay!! So great to hear these were a hit! Thanks so much for the review, Elizabeth. I really appreciate it!

    2. Tracy
      September 5, 2021 AT 7:20 pm

      5 stars
      My neighbor offered me fresh okra from their garden. I remembered seeing this recipe on Instagram so I knew what I would make with the okra. This recipe is so simple to make and simply delicious!! I didn’t have thyme so I used 1/2 teaspoon of dried italian seasoning and added a 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder. Will definitely be making this recipe again and again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2021 AT 12:01 pm

        Yay! So pumped this recipe was a hit, Tracy! Thanks for the review. It means so much to me!

    3. Jennifer S
      August 16, 2021 AT 9:07 pm

      5 stars
      Made these tonight and it was a hit! The recipe was easy to follow and yielded yummy results! I’m so glad we’re growing okra in our garden here in NJ and I found your recipe to add to my repertoire.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2021 AT 12:39 pm

        Ah yay! This makes me so happy to hear, Jennifer! Thanks for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

    4. Bree
      August 15, 2021 AT 7:54 pm

      5 stars
      We made this for dinner tonight and they were delicious! Will be making them again soon!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 16, 2021 AT 10:35 am

        Yay! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe, Bree! Thanks for the review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    5. 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!

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