I’m finding myself bringing more and more okra home, since moving to Florida. I don’t think I have ever seen it back in Washington, but here, I keep eyeing it in every grocery store. I can’t help myself. Okra is a wonderful vegetable that has a delicious, unique flavor. Pair it with some fresh garden vegetables and you’ve got a wonderful side dish. Or serve on its own for a yummy snack, with a simple dipping sauce.
The first time I tried Okra, is when I got Covid and didn’t feel like cooking at all. Had no energy whatsoever. I ordered dinner through Door Dasher. I think I ordered braised lamb with rice and okra. I didn’t even know what okra was. When my order came, I gave it a try and just enjoyed the flavors of okra, a new kind of vegetable for me. Later on, I started seeing it everywhere and started recipe testing. My kids are not fans of it yet, but maybe someday they will be.
Let’s Talk Okra
- It’s rich in Vitamins A and C
- Okra is full of antioxidants
- It’s rich in folate, magnesium, and fiber while being low in calories
- It can reduce health conditions like cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease
Okra gets a bad rep. That’s because sometimes it produces a slimy texture. And that slimy texture isn’t really appealing. But there’s a way to avoid that. And as much as I eat okra, I never eat slimy okra. Cooking the okra without any liquid on high heat makes it perfectly crunchy. Not slimy.
What To Serve With This Roasted Okra
Like I mentioned before, you can serve this roasted okra all by itself. It’s delicious enough. But it also makes for a great companion on the dinner table. This recipe pairs well with almost any kind of protein. Here are some yummy recipes that would go really well with this roasted okra:
A Few Helpful Tips to Roasting Okra
Many people cut okras into rounds before cooking them. I find cutting them in half vertically allows them to cook up like a chip. Making them extra crunchy! Yum!
All right, here’s what you’ll need to pull this simple dish together:
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- sea salt
Roasted Okra with Simple Dip
- mixing spoon
- 1 lb okra, rinsed
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp curry
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- ground pepper, to taste
- Preheaat oven to 350F
- Cut away the stems in okra. Then cut in half, lengthwise
- Place okra in a large bowl, add curry powder, sea salt, garlic powder and olive oil. Toss to coat okra evenly in spices.
- Place okra on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes. It's ready when lightly browned and tender.
- While okra is roasting, prepare the sauce, combining all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Serve hot with the yogurt sauce.