Looking for a healthy snack? How about some delicious roasted okra? These are crispy, spicy, tasty, healthy but no, it is NOT slimy. Get ready for the best okra recipe!
I know that okra does not have many fans because of its slimy texture it leaves in the mouth. However, oven roasting saves its bad rep and makes it a flavorful crispy snack. You can actually call them roasted okra chips! It is perfect for potlucks, parties or when you simply want to snack on something healthy and tasty. This super nutritious vegetable will get its well-deserved place thanks to this roasted okra recipe.
Okra is actually super healthy. You want to lower your cholesterol and regulate your blood sugar? Eat okra! First of all, it is super -only 30 calories per 100 grams and no cholesterol or saturated fats-. Also, it is a good source of dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins like A and K. Vitamin-A is very important to have a healthy mucosa and skin. The pods also provide good amounts of vitamin-K which is a co-factor for blood clotting enzymes. Vitamin-K is also good for strengthening bones.
How to make okra is never an issue for me. Among several healthy okra recipes, my favorite is Stewed Okra and Tomatoes. My son and I love it so much that we have it quite often in summer as a light dinner accompanied by Rice Pilaf With Orzo and a bowl of Yogurt and Cucumber Dip aka Turkish Cacik. However, some people (and most husbands) do not like stewed okra. Just can’t take so much health. But I didn’t want to give up on all these health benefits so I needed to find a way to help my family like okra. I didn’t know it would be so easy. Even before trying many okra recipes. Spicy roasted okra solved the problem. It actually turned out Uh-mazing! Now I don’t get any sour faces when I ask “Who wants to have okra”? What I get instead is a cheerful “yaaaayyyyyy!””
Oven Baked Okra Ingredients
How to oven roast okra? It is quite simple and we do not need so much ingredients. All we need is okra, olive oil and some spices. When buying okra for a stew or soup recipe, get the small, baby okra pods as they are fresh and have better taste. On the other hand, pick the larger ones when making roasted okra because they get smaller as they are cooked.
Besides okra, I use garlic powder, salt, fresh thyme and chili powder to make a spice mix in this recipe. Use garlic powder instead of garlic because it may negatively affect the crispiness we want to have. Plus, garlic powder is more aromatic.
You can easily customize your own spice mix, though. I do not always use this mixture. Every time I make oven roasted okra, I use different spices. If I want a smoky flavor, I use cumin, salt and pepper. Ground oregano also adds a unique aroma.
As for the sauce to dip my okra chips, I use a complete vegan recipe: Turmeric Tahini Dressing. We mostly use this tangy dressing on salads, but it goes wonderfully on oven roasted okra chips too.
How To Clean Okra For Roasting
Cleaning okra is super easy :
When making a stew or soup, we first clean the okra and then wash it. Plus we leave the okra whole and do not pierce the pod in any way so that it won’t get slimy. However, we don’t need to be that careful when roasting okra because it hardly ever gets slimy in oven.
To clean the okra, wash them and pat dry with paper towel. Remove the green stems and chop when they are completely dry.
We love okra chopped when roasting, but you can use whole okra too.
How To Roast Okra
Baked okra recipe is super easy.
First, mix the spices and chopped thyme in a large bowl. Then, wash the okra and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim the ends and slice the okra.
Now the only thing you have to do is to combine the sliced okra with spice mix.
Spicy baked okra
Then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer and drizzle olive oil on it.
Bake it at high temperature for 15 minutes. Then remove it out from oven and give it a shake or flip the okra. And bake it another 10 mins so it becomes even crispier. It’s actually a vegan recipe but if you are not a vegan and want extra flavors and protein, sprinkle some parmesan on it in the last 5 minutes of the baking. Let melting cheese meet spicy crispy roasted okra! Yum!
In most roasted okra recipes, okra is sliced but it is also possible to have roasted whole okra without slicing it first. However, it might turn out slightly slimy as it will keep the liquid inside. If you slice it, you won’t end up with slimy okra. It can get as crispy as you want depending on the baking time.
FAQs About This Oven Roasted Okra Recipe
Can you roast frozen okra?
Yes, roasted frozen okra tastes delicious, as well. Just make sure you pat dry them and put them in an air tightened container. You can also put them in a plastic bag but make sure you suck the air in it (you can use a straw to do this) and tie up the plastic bag.
You can thaw the okra before baking it but it is not necessary. Leaving the okra frozen works just as well. It may just take 5-10 mins longer to get the desired crispiness.
Alternative ways to roast okra
Here I describe how to oven roast okra. But there are other ways to cook okra as well. Cooking okra on stove or pan grilled okra are very good options, too. If you will go for pan, do it in batches and in a single layer. Do not cover the pan. Otherwise it will not become crispy but slimy.
Can I make baked okra ahead of time?
It’s better to serve these hot, so I wouldn’t recommend baking them ahead of time. Otherwise, they might lose their crispiness.
What to serve with roasted okra?
You can have different dips with okra like a Classic Hummus Dip. They match very well together and make your party food quite original. Oh and if you want to keep this recipe completely vegan, go check out Rene’s 3 Vegan Dipping Sauces or our 13 Homemade Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes. I’m sure you will find the best option for you.
More Easy Snack Ideas
- Crispy Chickpeas Baked In Oven
- Fried Oyster Mushrooms Snack
- Spicy Fried Pickles Recipe
- Homemade Spicy Popcorn Recipe
Oven Roasted Okra Recipe
Fresh okra is chopped, combined with a spice mix and then roasted.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 cups chopped okra
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 420F.
- Mix the spices and chopped thyme in a large bowl.
- Rinse the okra and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Trim the ends and then cut into pieces. Toss them in the spice mixture.
- Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and shake the pan or stir the okra pieces. Bake for another 10 minutes.
- Serve hot.
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