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.

Roasted okra

If you’re an okra lover, you’ve probably already discovered this trick. Here’s one of the best ways to cook this green vegetable: roasted okra! Roasting okra makes it lightly crisp at the edges, tender, and full of spiced flavor. Here’s the best part: there’s no slime. Some methods of cooking okra end up with a slimey mess, but this okra comes out just perfect. It’s easy too: just quick 15 minutes in a very hot oven and you’ve got a fantastic side dish or easy snack. Ready to get roasting? Let’s go.

Ingredients for roasted okra

There’s not too many ingredients that are needed for this roasted okra recipe: and you can pare it down if you’d like, too! Here’s what you need:

  • Okra: make sure it’s as fresh as possible
  • Olive oil and kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika or paprika (optional)
How to roast okra

How to make roasted okra: a few tips!

There’s not much to roasting okra, so we spiced it up with an interesting way to cut it and some tasty spices. Here’s what to know about how to roast okra:

  • Slice the okra in half lengthwise. This is a fun way to cut the okra that makes eating them a little more manageable! It also makes them into beautifully long, lovely shapes: almost like green beans. It’s a unique way to eat this vegetable!
  • Mix with olive oil, garlic powder and smoked paprika. We love adding smoked paprika to recipes for the lightly smoky flavor it imparts. If you don’t have it, you can use standard sweet paprika too.
  • Roast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Like most roasted vegetables, baking them at very high heat is the key! It’s what gets them lightly charred on the outside and tender on the inside. This okra needs only 15 minutes to get tender.
Roasted okra

What makes okra slimy?

Fun fact: okra is actually a fruit! But it’s treated in cooking like a vegetable, much like tomatoes and avocados. Okra contains a component called mucilage, which is like a natural thickener when it’s heated. This is perfect for stews like gumbo that need thickening, but not so great if you’re trying to serve okra as a side dish.

The worst way to cook okra? Boiled. Never boil your okra: it becomes a slimy mess! Instead make this roasted okra. It’s full of big flavor and none of the sticky stuff.

Roasted okra

Some great dishes to pair

Okra is often used in cuisine from the American South: but of course you can serve it with any style of food! Here are a few main dishes that would be a natural pair:

  • Cajun Grilled Shrimp or Grilled Shrimp Skewers Covered in a homemade spice blend, they’re fast and easy to grill.
  • Famous Cajun Shrimp and Grits This Cajun shrimp and grits recipe will wow everyone at the table! This recipe really is “world famous” and was blessed by Gordon Ramsey himself.
  • Grilled Cod This grilled cod is bursting with flavor from homemade blackened seasoning! Cod is the fish you didn’t know you loved; here’s how to grill it.

More okra recipes

There are so many great ways to cook okra! Here are a few of our favorite okra recipes that make this unique vegetable shine:

  • Grilled Okra Full of smoky grilled flavor! It’s beyond easy with just 4 ingredients, and it’s a flavor-filled side dish to any summer meal.
  • Pickled Okra The peppercorns, dried chilies, and fresh dill in this pickled okra recipe make it delicious eaten on its own or as an appetizer.
  • Vegetarian Gumbo with Okra Packed with red beans and okra, this easy vegetarian gumbo recipe brings New Orleans to your kitchen!

This roasted okra recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Roasted okra

Easy Roasted Okra Recipe


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

Description

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.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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)

Instructions

  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

Keywords: Roasted okra, Okra recipe, How to roast okra

More roasted vegetables

Roasting is our top way to cook vegetables! It might take a little longer than sauteing, but the flavor it brings is magnificent. Here are some of our other favorite roasted vegetable recipes:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Experts… roasted okra is good.. but you should never tell folks to never boil okra!! If you don’t like it fine… but here in the South we love our boiled okra and prefer it over roasted!

    1. Amen, brother! I was about to say, never tell someone from the south to not boil okra. I love it roasted, stewed and especially boiled.