One summer, when my kids were helping their grandparents harvest and preserve vegetables from their garden, the okra were producing like crazy. They kept coming home with bags and bags of okra. We can only eat so much gumbolaya. And since we weren’t doing grains, eggs, or even grain-free batter at the time, I couldn’t make fried okra.
So the kids created this simple okra recipe. I’m much more likely to make sides if it’s a fast and easy recipe, so this one’s a win.
Simple Roasted Okra
I love roasted veggies. The rest of my family does too, so we make them that way a lot. You get a nice bit of crisp around the edges and a little bit of intense, toasty flavor. Roasting okra is just like roasting any other vegetable. Toss it in a little bit of oil, sprinkle on some spices, and throw it in the oven. If I prepare it, I just cut the tops off the okra and roast them whole. If the kids are helping, I let them use a crinkle cutter to cut the okra into chunks.
The kids love eating it because it is simple enough for them to make. Sometimes we’ll roast a pan of it early in the day. I’ll set it on the stovetop then watch as it slowly disappears throughout the day. The kids figure it’s the perfect finger food and grab one to snack on as they walk by.
Air Fryer Okra
Since originally publishing this recipe I’ve acquired an air fryer. The one I have is a larger, stainless steel, multi-functional one resembling a toaster oven. I’ve recently discovered that it’s super easy to roast vegetables in an air fryer. It’s faster and doesn’t heat up the whole house.
I decided to try the air fryer on this okra recipe and it did not disappoint. I cooked it at a slightly lower temperature for the same length of time and it turned out perfect. This post gives a good overview on air frying different types of vegetables.
Whether I roast it in the oven or in the air fryer, this okra recipe takes less than a half-hour from start to finish and is a great side to almost any meal. I’ve even made this and added it to breakfast scrambles.
More Roasted Vegetables to Try
Have I inspired you to try roasted vegetables or are you already a roasted veggie lover? Here are some more recipes to consider. And I’d love to hear about your favorites!
- Asparagus with Parmesan
I don’t have posts for all the vegetables we roast, but I also really like roasted beets, cauliflower, and carrots.
Roasted Okra Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Cut the tops off okra and leave whole or cut into chunks.
- Place them on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil.
- Sprinkle them with salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
- Toss to coat.
- Roast for 18-22 minutes or until soft and just starting to brown on the ends.
- Serve and enjoy!
Does your family eat okra? How do you prepare it? Share below!