Skip to Content

Easy Oven Roasted Okra Recipe

This roasted okra is the perfect easy method to cook okra. Seasoned and then roasted in the oven will be your new way to enjoy okra.

roasted okra with spatula picking it up

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Okra has a hold on my heart, as I love it in various ways. Whether you stew okra or pickle okra, you can serve this versatile vegetable in many ways.

Okra’s origins started in West Africa and migrated to the Americas by way of the Atlantic slave trade. You’ll find it in many dishes that span the Diaspora. It it in gumbo in the southern United States, where it acts as a flavor enhancer and thickening agent. You’ll also find it battered and fried, quickly sauteed, or stewed low and slow.

This roasted okra is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. It’s not only easy to make, but it’s also seasoned and crispy.

Ingredients for this Recipe

  • Sliced Okra – you’ll want to use fresh okra for this recipe. If you have to use frozen, thaw it first and then pat it dry before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Oil – I use olive oil. Any neutral oil will work.
  • Seasonings – kosher salt, garlic powder, black pepper, smoked paprika. You can use any seasoning you prefer.
ingredients to make oven roasted okra on wooden table. okra, oil, seasonings

Tools Needed

  • A sheet pan
  • Bowl for tossing okra
  • Spatula

How to make Oven Roasted Okra

Heat your oven to 450°F (232°C).

In a big bowl, toss sliced okra with olive oil to coat each piece. evenly sprinkle with kosher salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and smoked paprika, mixing well to distribute the seasonings.

cut okra in bowl tossed in oil and seasoning

Place the okra on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 15-18 minutes until soft and slightly browned. Flipping the okra mid-roast is optional but can help with even cooking.

close up photo of seasoned raw okra on baking tray

Once done, take the okra out and let it cool slightly before giving it a final taste test, adding more seasoning if needed.

cooked oven roasted okra on a plate

Serving Suggestions

  • As a Side Dish: Serve alongside grilled or roasted meats like chicken, beef, or fish for a balanced meal. Its smoky flavor complements barbecue and smoked dishes particularly well.
  • In Salads: Cool the roasted okra slightly and toss it into a fresh salad for added texture and flavor. It pairs nicely with leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, and a tangy vinaigrette.

Common Questions

How do I prevent the okra from becoming slimy?

The key to non-slimy okra is high heat and minimal moisture. Roasting at 450°F ensures the okra cooks quickly and gets crispy without releasing too much of its natural mucilage.

Can I make this recipe without oil?

While oil helps in crisping and flavoring, you can reduce the amount or use a cooking spray for a lower-fat version. However, the texture might not be as crispy.

How do I ensure the okra roasts evenly?

Make sure to cut the okra into even-sized pieces and spread them out in a single layer on the baking sheet without overcrowding. This allows hot air to circulate and cook the okra evenly.

I hope you enjoy this roasted okra recipe as much as we do. Looking for other vegetable side dishes? Try these out:

roasted okra with spatula picking it up
Print Pin
5 from 1 vote

Easy Oven Roasted Okra

This roasted okra is the perfect easy method to cook okra. Seasoned and then roasted in the oven will be your new way to enjoy okra.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 82kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh okra rinsed, dried, and sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 450°F (232°C).
  • In a big bowl, toss sliced okra with olive oil to coat each piece. evenly sprinkle with kosher salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and smoked paprika, mixing well to distribute the seasonings.
  • Place the okra on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 15-18 minutes until soft and slightly browned. Flipping the okra mid-roast is optional but can help with even cooking.
  • Once done, take the okra out and let it cool slightly before giving it a final taste test, adding more seasoning if needed.

Notes

  • To achieve that perfect crispy texture without the slime, make sure your okra is completely dry before tossing it with oil and seasonings, and avoid overcrowding on the baking sheet.
  • Feel free to experiment with different spices to suit your taste.
  • I use kosher salt in this recipe. If using table salt or sea salt, use less salt than indicated. 

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 749IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating