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roasted okra with seasoning on a white plate

Crispy Roasted Okra

No-fuss, delicious way to enjoy a great side. It's ready in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Soul Food, southern
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • pound fresh okra
  • 2 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh mint chopped
  • Optional cajun spice mix


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rinse the okra, and drain on a kitchen towel, drying thoroughly. Clip the tips lengthwise down the center with a pair of scissors or sharp knife. Trim the ends if you prefer and then place the okra in a large bowl. Salt and pepper to taste, and toss with the olive oil until coated.
  • Remove okra and place on a sheet pan in one layer. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes shaking the pan every five minutes. The okra should have a nice sear. If using larger okra you'll need to cook longer.
  • Remove from the heat, toss with spice mix and fresh herbs, if desired. Transfer to a platter. Serve hot.


  • I like to clip the tips of the okra right down the center with a knife or pair of kitchen scissors. When cooked at high heat this will allow the okra to open up almost as if it were fanning open; visually think about a dolphin opening its mouth wide. Besides looking pretty cool presentation-wise, this helps whole okra to cook faster while killing off that slime.
  • As mentioned earlier choose smaller, less than thumb size okra pods
  • Season as simple as with salt and pepper or use your favorite spice mix. Roasted okra holds up well to intense spices as well as your smokier versions. 
  • A good dip or sauce is another option. Dip in hummus, a doctored mayo, or drizzle with your favorite hot sauce.
  • Make a big batch and let the family eat them as an appetizer or tide me over until dinner is ready


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 582mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 0.1mg
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