Make this delicious and Crunchy Oven-Fried Okra just one time and you may never go back to cooking fried okra on the stove! Plus, this “fried” okra recipe uses a fraction of the oil that you would need when pan frying which is an added health benefit!
The crunchy coating comes from a mix of Panko bread crumbs, corn meal, and parmesan cheese. This has quickly become one of our favorite summer side dishes to make when okra is in season, but this it works equally well with frozen okra.
Just thaw before breading and cook as directed in the recipe notes below.
Crunchy Oven Fried Okra
What I think is one of the absolutely best summer foods? FRIED OKRA! Lucky for you, today I’m sharing a recipe I recently discovered at Sing for Your Supper Blog for a healthier, Crunchy Oven-Fried Okra. Thanks to my father-in-law and his garden, we feasted on this “farm-to-table” delicacy at supper the other night.
Just so you understand… this…just this…WAS our entire supper. Yep, just this beautiful bowl of okra. It was delicious!
Tips for making the BEST okra in the oven:
- Toss sliced okra with raw eggs to coat all the pieces before breading
- Use a resealable plastic bag to shake the okra with the breading (see the video below for a demo)
- Putting the breaded okra in the refrigerator for a few minutes before adding to the pan will help keep the breading on the okra — more breading, more crunch!
- Always preheat the baking sheet with oil before adding the okra.
How can you tell if fresh okra is good?
When choosing okra at the market, avoid any pods that have brown spots or that are shriveled. The larger okra pods can tend to be tough, so stick with small or medium size pods. Fresh okra will have white seeds when you cut into the pods. Brown seeds indicate the okra is old and will probably be tough.
How do you reheat fried okra in the oven?
To reheat oven-fried okra in the oven, place it on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. To reheat pan-fried okra, follow the same method. Some oil may release from the warmed up okra, so be sure to drain it well on paper towels before serving.
More veggie side dish recipes
- Squash and Zucchini Casserole is a delicious Southern side dish made with yellow squash, zucchini, and corn with a crunchy breadcrumb and Parmesan topping.
- Crispy Oven-Baked Onion Rings — Healthier onion rings that are tender on the inside and nicely crisp on the outside without frying!
- Browned Butter Roasted Asparagus — Perfectly roasted asparagus drizzled with a nutty browned butter sauce is an elegant side dish for steak or seafood and requires only 12 minutes baking time!
- Asiago Potato Stacks – These fancy little Asiago Potato Stacks, seasoned with fresh rosemary and sea salt, are cheesy, crispy, and perfectly elegant!
- Hattie B’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad — Hattie B’s Black Eyed Pea Salad is dressed with a bright and perfectly balanced vinaigrette.
- Fresh Herb Potato Salad — The flavor of this classic, creamy potato salad is enhanced by using fresh herbs—tarragon and parsley—in the dressing. You’ll make Grandma proud with this recipe!
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An added benefit to this oven-fried okra recipe is that there’s no greasy mess to clean up. Placing the okra under a broiler at the end of cooking and stirring frequently will result in extra golden brown crispiness!
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- 4 cups fresh-cut okra
- 4 tablespoons cornmeal
- 6 tablespoons Italian-style panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3-4 tablespoons canola oil
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the cornmeal, panko, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese in a gallon-size ziplock bag.
- In a separate bowl, gently toss the okra with the beaten eggs until evenly coated.
- Pour oil onto a rimmed baking sheet (15x10x1) and place in the preheated oven for just a few minutes to warm up the oil--be careful to not let it start to smoke.
- In the meantime, add the wet okra a little at a time to the bag and shake until coated. If needed, you may add additional cornmeal and panko breadcrumbs -- if the okra isn't coated as much as you like. Carefully add the okra to the hot baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tender, turning the okra halfway through baking. To get a nice golden brown, increase oven heat to broil and watch carefully, stirring as needed.
Recipe adapted from Sing for Your Supper Blog.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 412mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g
Sheila Thigpen, author of The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. A Southern girl living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters, are active in their church, love to travel, and are over-the-moon excited about becoming grandparents last year. Follow Sheila on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!