August 30, 2013

Oven Fried Okra

Oven fried okra with grilled chevon burger and homegrown tomato

Last summer I shared a favorite okra recipe with you, sauteed okra. I don't fry much and this was my alternative for a close-to-fried texture and taste. This year, I had another idea for oven frying okra. We tried roasting it a few times and that was good, but fried okra is a staple southern treat. Here's one way to make it without the bother of actually frying.

Oven Fried Okra

  • fresh okra, sliced
  • olive oil
  • cornmeal
  • seasonings to taste (we like salt, pepper, and garlic)
  • either more olive oil, or oil or melted fat of choice

In a bowl, mix sliced okra and enough olive oil to coat well. Sprinkle with cornmeal and seasonings, stirring and adding cornmeal until the "strings" are gone. Generously grease a cookie sheet with more olive oil, or whatever oil or fat you like. Spread okra out on pan and bake at 425° F / 220° C., stirring frequently, for about 20 - 25 minutes (or until golden brown). Enjoy hot out of the oven.

Oven Fried Okra © August 2013 

6 comments:

  1. My, that sounds good! I may try growing okra next year, as I never see it available at farm stands here. Do you recommend a variety or seed source?

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  2. Looks very yummy! It has been a very long time since I've had any okra. :'( This suthern gal misses it.

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  3. Thanks for the recipe. It's nice to hear another way to cook okra.

    Fern

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  4. Totally off topic, but how are the keets and the kittens? :-)

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  5. I don't actually fry anything anymore but do like oven frying foods on occasion. I find that if I put a piece of baking parchment on the pan I don't need to use much oil at all... none to grease the pan and only a tablespoon to coat whatever goodies I'm making. Makes for delicious fries, chicken and fish without unnecessary extra fats.

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  6. Quinn, I've always grown Clemson Spineless. Something about the "spineless" LOL. There are a lot of interesting varieties in some of the seed catalogs though.

    Renee, I never had okra until I moved to the south, and now I'd miss it too!

    Fern, I think that's what happens to gardeners, we're always looking for new recipes for all our produce!

    Cecilia, kitten and keet update coming next! :)

    Nina, I've never tried baking parchment, although I've seen it in the stores. I do like oven baking for the reason you mention, uses less fat.

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