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Crispy Oven-Fried Okra

“Frying” okra in the oven not only keeps fat calories in check, it involves less work (no oil or fryers needed)—and you can make one big batch all at once. But most importantly, it tastes just as great as traditional fried okra.



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2 cups cornmeal
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1 tsp. salt
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1 tsp. ground black pepper
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½ tsp. paprika
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1 large egg
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1 lb. fresh okra or 1 16-oz. pkg. frozen okra, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Coat baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine cornmeal, salt, pepper and paprika in bowl.
  3. Whisk egg in separate bowl. Dip okra in egg, then in cornmeal mixture. Work in batches to prevent clumping.
  4. Spread okra on prepared pan. Roast 30 to 35 minutes, or until crisp and lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from pan with slotted spoon, and serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 

9 g
Total Fat: 
3 g
Saturated Fat: 
0.5 g
71 g
53 mg
608 mg
6 g
5 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Can't wait to try it!

I can't believe that you think this method is less work. I slice okra, sprinkle cornmeal over the slices and then fry in a minimum amount of oil for about 3 minutes!

Here is my family's favorite Okra recipe. I had posted it on bakespace

I would like to see directions for an eggless option added.

I like the idea of baking it, sooo much less fat then frying!

re: wolfee you don't need the egg. as long as the okra is kept moist then you'll be all set

The amount of cornmeal left over, even after double breading the pieces, is ridiculous. I made full recipe of cornbread with just the leftover cornmeal, I couldn't save it because of the egg & just couldn't let it go to waste.

I was a bit disapointed by this recipe! I think the cornmeal was a little intense (flavor and texture) and ended up stealing the show! And yes, there is a significant amount of cornmeal left over.

As a Southern girl who loves the real thing, this was soooooo not worth it. We didn't eat more than the first bite!

OMGoodness, the sodium content is sufficient reason not to try this.

Crispy Oven-Fried Okra! It's got egg in it?????

This is a wonderful substitute for fried okra with really good flavor!

Nice I tried

We have okra in the freezer - want other recipes than just frying. I am from NY and MI, my husband is totally from the South. I like the oven roasted version. It takes awhile to understand a vegetable and try different ways to prepare it. Thanks.