I know - that's like insulting someone's mother down here in the south. But I tried roasting the okra we had with dinner a few nights ago, rather than frying it. And yes, it's just as good as fried, if not better.
I used a few really simple spices and let my stove do all the work. It was definitely 10 times easier to make than fried, that's for sure!
Here's what I did...
Simple Roasted Okra
1 28-oz bag frozen okra, thawed (Fresh is obviously ok, but I had frozen on hand, and you couldn't really tell.)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Toss all ingredients well in a large mixing bowl.
Spread on a large cookie sheet and bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. If you want the okra super crispy, I would bake it at 450 degrees, and reduce the time to 15-20 minutes...just keep your eye on it.
Told y'all that was easy! If you're iffy on whether or not you'd like this, give it a try. If you're used to fried okra, I'd recommend getting it a little crispier than normal...you'll be surprised how similar it tastes to fried!
A few notes...
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