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These okra recipes are easy ways to use this popular vegetable! Try it roasted, stewed, in gumbo, and more.

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Got okra? Okra is an edible pod that’s popular in various types of cuisine, from soul food of the American South to African and Indian. While it’s technically a fruit, okra is used as a vegetable in cooking. It’s infamous for its slimy texture when it’s overcooked, but when cooked properly it’s popular roasted, stewed, in curries, gumbo, and more. Here are all our favorite okra recipes for using this tasty vegetable! We’ve rounded up our top recipes from this website and a few of our favorite sources from around the web.

And now…12 great okra recipes!

Okra nutrition

Need a few more reasons to eat this tasty vegetable? Here’s more about okra nutrition per Healthline. Okra is:

  • An excellent source of Vitamin C and K. 1 cup has 25% of your daily required intake.
  • Low in calories and carbs and contains some protein and fiber.
  • A good source of folate. 1 cup has 15% of a woman’s daily folate need.
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Roasted okra

12 Easy Okra Recipes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 1x


Here’s how to make the best roasted okra around! Baking it in a hot oven might be the best way to cook this green vegetable.


  • 12 ounces okra
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice each okra pod in half. Place the okra in a medium bowl and mix with the olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, and kosher salt.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the pods face-down on the baking sheet in an even layer. Roast for about 15 minutes until tender and lightly crisped at the edges. Serve immediately (best eaten right out of the oven, but you can refrigerate leftovers if desired).
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. David says:

    OMG! Thanks for amazing OKRA recipes. I am going to make it this weekend! Just loved it… Please keep posting such recipes. Much love!

  2. epcur says:

    First time I heard of “Hoppin’ John”! But gave it a try today and greatly enjoyed it. I think I’ll add it to my regular set of meals.