Simple Roasted Okra Recipe

Katie Wells Avatar

Reading Time: 3 minutes

This post contains affiliate links.

Read my affiliate policy.

Wellness Mama » Blog » Recipes » Side Dish Recipes » Simple Roasted Okra Recipe

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. And we can only eat so much jumbolaya! 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!

I don’t have posts for all the vegetables we roast, but I also really like roasted beets, cauliflower, and carrots.

Roasted Okra Recipe

Faster and easier than frying, simple roasted okra is a quick side dish on a busy night.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 107kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 servings



  • 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!


Nutrition Facts
Roasted Okra Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.2g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 299mg13%
Carbohydrates 8.8g3%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 1.8g2%
Protein 2.3g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


To cook in an air fryer, cook at 360°F for 15-20 minutes.

Like this recipe? Check out my new cookbook, or get all my recipes (over 500!) in a personalized weekly meal planner here!

Does your family eat okra? How do you prepare it? Share below!

Katie Wells Avatar

About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


28 responses to “Simple Roasted Okra Recipe”

  1. Lexie Avatar

    Okra is delicious raw but my favorite is boiled. My grandma used to boil hers until it was a slimy glob and that was only fun because it grossed out my mom. Now, I simply drop pods into boiling water with a splash of acid (vinegar or lemon juice) and then, when it slides off a fork, it’s done. Most people, in my experience, boil it so long that it has no taste but doing it this way allows the delicious taste to really awaken.

  2. Bree Colbern Avatar
    Bree Colbern

    5 stars
    Hi Katie! I LOVE this recipe! I never used to be too big of a fan of okra, but after discovering this recipe, I love it now! 🙂 All your experiments have inspired me to start crafting my own recipes! I’ve made this one recipe, that my family absolutely LOVES!

    Ham Delights

    Sliced Ham
    Potato chips


    Place a piece of ham down on a (clean) counter-top, or table, and lay one pickle, and one chip, on the surface of the ham. Carefully wrap the ham around, and stick with a toothpick to hold together.
    I was just curious as to what you thought of the recipe, and if you knew of any way to make it any healthier. Thanks! 😀

  3. Gina Avatar

    I have some in the oven now. Mine are cut in 1/3 inch thick circles, seasoned with garlic, cumin, turmeric, hatch chili powder, s&p, and olive oil. I love them! I’d never used these seasonings before so I tasted a raw piece of okra. I had no idea! Raw okra is yummy! But, I’m looking forward to the oven roasted crunchiness too!

4.32 from 16 votes (12 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating