Sunday, October 21, 2012

Roasted Okra - Easy and Healthy

Okra is an interesting veggie.  It is commonly believed that okra came to North America in the 1700's from Africa with slave trade.  The term "gumbo",  a southern stew of which okra is a major ingredient, is Swahili for okra.  This little green wonder is filled with nutrients and fiber, all of which are good for us. 

Unfortunately, the only way I would eat this vegetable most of my life has been fried.  Yes, battered and deep fried was the only way I would even think about putting this in my mouth.  All the nutrients pretty much destroyed and replaced with the things my body did NOT need.  That was in the past, as I am of the mindset that if you have to fry it - you don't really need to eat it.

I first started using okra in recipes, such as soups and stews.  Then one day I received a batch of okra from a friend at school and decided to try something with it.  I love roasted veggies - brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, potatoes..  YUM.  So I decided why not try roasting okra too?  Yes.. I know I didn't invent this, but I did do it on my own. :)

First I topped the okra. (this isn't necessary - just my preference)

I then added a little olive oil, salt and pepper. (Garlic powder sometimes too)

Place the okra on a baking sheet. Spread out to prevent crowding.

Bake in a preheated oven (425) for 20-25 minutes.

The outside is slightly crispy while the inside is soft and it is absolutely wonderful.  Just ask my 8 year old daughter, Natalie!  It's one of her favorites too.  I think next time I will cut it into pieces and try to see....



  1. I have to admit to never trying okra in my early years just because of the name. That and the fact that I'd never even heard of it here in California as I grew up. A friend of mine added some to a soup she made and I loved those "little green pieces" and was shocked when I asked her what it was. I really liked it!
    I don't have a big okra recipe list, but I'm adding this one to the top!

    1. Thanks for the comment Kim. Can't make a good gumbo without okra! :)

  2. OMg! I have never thought to roast okra, and i grow it every year! I absolutely love love love okra!!! Going to do this for sure!! I also love it steamed with a little salt.



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