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Dare I say it? This might just taste better than fried okra.

I know - that's like insulting someone's mother down here in the South. But I tried oven 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...

Roasted okra is so much healthier than the fried version, and actually tastes just as delicious! This is an easy recipe for roasted okra.

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air fryer okra on a plate next to dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Okra

This Air Fryer Okra is super crispy without any breading or egg - roasted to perfection in under 30 minutes!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 109 kcal




  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Wash okra and pat dry with a paper towel. You can either cook the okra whole or slice it into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl, toss the okra with the olive oil and seasonings.
  • Place okra on an air fryer basket or tray in a single layer. Cook in the air fryer for 20-25 minutes for whole okra or 15-18 minutes for sliced okra, until the okra is browned and crisping at the edges.


  • Make sure your air fryer is preheated before adding the okra. Placing the okra in an unheated air fryer can overcook it before it gets that nice crisp.
  • All okra should be in a single layer in your Air Fryer. If you have multiple trays, make sure to rotate them halfway through cooking.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Keep your okra as crispy as possible by placing a paper towel at the bottom of your storage dish to absorb any moisture.
  • If serving as an appetizer, I recommend leaving the okra pods whole so they're easy to grab and go.
  • Make a yummy dipping sauce for your okra by combining equal parts mayonnaise and ketchup, adding a good dash of Worcestershire sauce, and seasoning with salt/pepper to taste.
  • After washing the okra, make sure it's patted completely dry with a paper towel before adding the oil and spices. You also might want to give it a pat-down if you slice it - sometimes those insides can keep the okra from getting crispy.
  • If needed, this recipe can be baked in the oven as well. Just bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 781mgPotassium: 247mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 545IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 1mg
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