1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 1/4 pounds fresh red or green okra (4-5 inch long pods are perfect)
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Lemon wedges, if desired
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F ( 232 degrees C).
Place the coconut oil in a small glass bowl; set aside. Add a tablespoon or two of boiling water to a bowl that’s slightly larger than the bowl with the coconut oil. Carefully set the bowl with the coconut oil in the bowl with the hot water. The coconut oil will melt while you prepare the okra.
Wash and then dry the okra with a kitchen towel. Trim the stem ends, but leave a bit of the stem or “cap” on.
Dump the okra onto a non-stick baking pan. Drizzle the melted coconut oil over the okra. Using your hands, mix the okra to lightly coat it with coconut oil. Separate the pods of okra so they touch as little as possible.
Place the baking pan with the prepared okra on the top shelf of a preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes at 450 degrees F, or until the underside of the okra pods have turned brown.
Using a pair of tongs, turn the okra over, keeping the pods separated. Roast for another 10 minutes, or until nicely browned but not burnt. Remove the pan of okra from the oven and immediately sprinkle the baked okra with Old Bay Seasoning. Using the tongs, mix the okra gently to spread the seasoning evenly. Place into parchment paper cones or on plates. Serve with a squirt of lemon, if desired.
You can use green or red okra for this recipe. The farmer from whom I bought the okra told me that the only difference between the two varieties is that the red one is less slimy. But when you roast whole okra, there is no slime. So use whichever okra you can find. In season, I buy okra at the farmer’s market. The rest of the year, I pick it up at Asian or Halal markets.
- As an appetizer. It’s a real crowd pleaser and a great conversation starter!
- For a side dish.
- As a snack for kids! You can serve these okra “fries” in a cone of parchment paper, as shown in the photo at the top of this post. While I used a cup for the photo, if you put the okra “fries” into parchment paper cones, you won’t need cups.
CHECK OUT my PINTEREST board for more great recipes with okra!
- If you are new to Pinterest (as I was until recently), let me assure you it’s easy to get around Pinterest. Here’s how easy:
- Click on this link to my Pinterest board for okra.
- Click on a photo of a recipe that interests you, and up will come a larger photo of the same image.
- On the larger photo, you’ll see the “website” button.
- Click on the website button, and you will go to the website where the recipe came from!
- To return to my Pinterest board to see more recipes with okra, just click on the Pinterest tab in your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and then click on the back arrow in your browser.
And, if you are a Pinterest enthusiast like I am, you might want to follow me on Pinterest! Then you’ll see all the recipes that I find online and love!
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- And if you have a recipe with okra that you would like to share, you can share your recipe by leaving a comment on this blog.
Enjoy and be healthy!