This is a simple, flavorful, and easy-to-make Baked Okra recipe. Seasoned with paprika, salt, and a pinch of cayenne, this okra makes a great snack or side dish.
I discovered okra about two years ago and instantly fell in love with it. This vegetable is so healthy (high in vitamin C!) and easy to prepare, and it tastes great! If you haven't had a chance to try it yet, now is the time. There are many ways to enjoy okra, such as stewed okra, making traditional Southern fried okra recipe, air frying, or baking it. Below, I'll share with you my favorite way to enjoy okra.
Baked Okra Video Tutorial
How to buy and store okra
Not all stores sell okra, but if you visit a large grocery store or produce store, you will likely find it there. When shopping for okra, look for smooth, blemish-free, bright green pods. Avoid pods that have a dry end because this is an indicator that the okra has been sitting out on a shelf for a while. Also, pay attention to the size. Don't buy okra that is above five inches long because those larger okra pods tend to have rough skin, and the seeds are tougher, too.
Okra is pretty perishable, so try to cook it within a day or two. In the meantime, store it in the refrigerator in a paper bag. Some people like to wrap it in dampened paper towels and store it this way.
The seasoning for Baked Okra
In the recipe below, I am using paprika, salt, and a pinch of cayenne to season the okra. But I just want to mention one seasoning that works really well for baking okra, too. It is called Berbere. I learned about this seasoning from a comment on my Cabbage and Chicken recipe (thanks, Kate!), and I've used it in so many recipes since then. This seasoning has a great mix of spices and adds a nice touch to dishes. If you decide to try it, or already have it on hand, just use ½ tsp. of berbere seasoning instead of the paprika, salt, and cayenne. You can also use other seasonings including black pepper, garlic powder, or even Old Bay seasoning.
Cut vs. whole okra
You can cut the okra into pieces, or use whole okra in this recipe. If you choose to bake whole okra, it'll have a bit more of a slimy texture inside than cut okra. I personally don't mind it (I actually love it), but I know many people try to avoid it.
How to make Baked Okra
1. Preheat the oven to 450F degrees.
2. Rinse the okra, and dry it with a paper towel. Trim away the stem ends, and then cut it into ½ to ¾-inch pieces. Spread the okra on a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, paprika, salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir.
3. Bake the okra for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. The okra should be lightly browned and tender, with a nice seared aroma. Serve immediately.
What to serve this with
- Proteins. Enjoy this dish alongside Chicken Kebabs, Crunchy Baked Shrimp, Spinach Stuffed Flounder, or Air Fryer Pork Chops.
- Potatoes. Serve this okra with some Parmesan Mashed Potato Cakes, Potato Pancakes, Roasted Green Beans and Potatoes, scalloped potatoes, or mashed potatoes.
- Grains. Pair this veggie dish with Rice with Mushrooms, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Baked Rice and Beans, or Easy Bulgur Salad.
- Pasta. Serve it with Paccheri Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce, Cheesy Cavatappi Pasta, Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic, or Rasta Pasta.
FAQs about this recipe
Can frozen okra be used?
I do not recommend using frozen okra in this recipe, because the texture will not be good.
How to store this okra?
Store it in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 3 days. You may reheat it on the stovetop if desired.
Can this okra be cooked in an air fryer?
Yes, you can air fry it for about 10 minutes at 450F.
What is okra?
These cute green veggies are actually the immature seed pods of the Abelmoschus esculentus, or okra plant. Okra flowers look very similar to hibiscus flowers and are very easy to grow yourself, given you live in a warm climate. Learn more about growing okra here: Growing Okra Plants.
I truly hope you enjoy this recipe friends. While there is no best way to cook okra, the recipe I shared today is one of the easiest and makes a great introduction to this wonderful vegetable. This recipe makes a perfect side dish, or a great snack. It can also be served with a dipping sauce on the side. I usually like to mix ketchup and mustard (50/50) and use that to dip the okra pieces.
If you tried this recipe, please, leave a comment below and/or leave a star rating, so more people know how it turned out for you. If you find a great new spice combination, let me know, I am always looking for new and exciting ways to enjoy okra.
Try these tasty recipes:
- Basic Cauliflower Fritters
- Classic Potato Pancakes
- Garlic Roasted Okra
- Vegan Eggplant Stew
- Baked Plantain Chips
Easy Baked Okra
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Rinse the okra, and dry with a paper towel. Trim away the stem ends, and then cut it into ½ to ¾-inch pieces. Spread the okra on a sheet pan in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, paprika, salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir.
- Bake the okra for about 15 minutes. The okra should be lightly browned and tender, with a nice seared aroma. Serve immediately.