Never, have I ever had my husband request vegetables. He’s 100% a meat and potatoes guy, that prefers meat and carbs ONLY at every meal. Needless to say, I’ve been trying to adjust his tastebuds and I think this maybe means I succeeded. Today, I said – ‘Wings and Potato Salad for dinner tonight?’ to which he replied ‘OKRA! Don’t forget to do the okra!’ and my life goal was complete. Ok, I’m being slightly dramatic but he did request this Crispy Roasted Okra because it’s that good. And the good news? It’s so, SO easy. *Updated to now include a Frozen Okra in the Air Fryer Recipe!
I love okra, I love all veggies really, but I think okra is one of my all-time favorites. Growing up my mom was a vegetarian, so we ate a lot of veggies and sadly we didn’t eat a lot of okra. I think because usually, it’s either fried or slimy. About a year ago, I was determined to find a way to make okra as delicious as it is when fried without actually being fried. That’s when this three-step, minimum prep, side dish fave was born.
To make this roasted okra, you really don’t need much. Olive oil or avocado oil, salt and pepper (and okra obviously). You can also make it as crispy as you’d like, or leave it a little less cooked for a more traditional okra texture that’s still not slimy! It also has little prep, so it’s a great option when grilling or you don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen. I can describe this delicious roasted okra all day, but the best way to see how great it is is to try it yourself!
UPDATED: Just over a year later and we still LOVE this easy Okra recipe. Lately, we’ve been buying Frozen Okra (never goes bad – Yes, Please!) and cooking it in our Ninja Foodi Air Fryer but any air fryer will work. It’s basically the same steps, but with frozen okra.
Grab a bag of frozen okra and dump it in your air fryer. Toss in some olive oil + salt & pepper and cook! We do 20 minutes at 390 degrees. RJ likes to cut the tops off the okra, so he will let it thaw a little first then cook, but this isn’t necessary.
See!? So, so easy. We make this okra about once a week and one of our favorite things to pair with it are our grilled wings! Please share if you try this recipe by tagging me on Instagram (@RileySitton). XO