Roasted Okra With A Kick!

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!

Roasted Okra with a Kick

Roasted Okra With A Kick!
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack, Side Dish
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Serves: 1-2
 
A spicy, slime-free way to enjoy okra!
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Add vegetable oil to a shallow baking pan (I used my lasagna pan) - no need to coat the pan.
  3. After drying, throw washed okra into the baking pan.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake okra for 15-20 minutes, uncovered. Stir every 5-7 minutes so that it browns on all sides.
  7. 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!

 

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