In the past, I’ve had a hot and cold relationship with okra. I’ve tried it a couple of times, knowing the nutritional value (low calories, high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A, and beta carotenes) but I never loved it. I don’t say that too often, so I was determined to give it another shot! In the past I had fried the okra, but covering it in batter didn’t mask the slimy center of the veggie. That texture was a huge turn-off for me, and I haven’t touched the stuff in over a year.
I was browsing the local Farmer’s Market last Wednesday and came across a stand selling the most beautiful looking okra. I asked the woman running the stand how she would cook it, and she suggested sauteing it with tomatoes and corn, ensuring that the risk of slime would be minimal. I wasn’t convinced. I bought the okra anyway, hell bent on finding a recipe that I liked! After some browsing, I found a great roasted okra recipe from The Fat Free Vegan Kitchen that I had a good feeling about and set out to try it with my own twist! A few spices and some roasting later and I had a delicious, spicy, slime-free treat!
- ½ pound of washed, whole okra
- 2 TB vegetable oil
- 1 TSP turmeric
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- Sea salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Add vegetable oil to a shallow baking pan (I used my lasagna pan) - no need to coat the pan.
- After drying, throw washed okra into the baking pan.
- Add turmeric and other seasonings to the okra - I like mine spicy, so I used a generous amount of red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper.
- Toss all ingredients together, coating the okra completely. Spread okra out in the baking pan, making sure that each piece is touching the bottom of the pan to ensure a brown color.
- Bake okra for 15-20 minutes, uncovered. Stir every 5-7 minutes so that it browns on all sides.
- Enjoy right out of the oven!
The spices and seasonings can be tailored to your tastes – I plan to try out a few different combinations! I also think a lemon/garlic dipping sauce will work well with my next batch. Can’t wait to try it again!
What is your favorite, slime-free okra recipe? Share it in the comments below!