Monday, July 9, 2012

Oven Fried Okra

Last weekend my mom loaded us up with some fresh veggies from her garden. We had cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and okra. Evan and I loooooove fried okra, but don't ever fry food at home. So we opted for oven fried instead. All you have to do is slice up the okra, soak it in a buttermilk and egg mixture, then toss it around in some breadcrumbs, which has a hint of paprika, and bake it for about 40 minutes. They came out golden and had a great crunch...this recipe is super easy!

Oven Fried Okra 
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light 

1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 pound fresh okra pods, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch slices (about 3 cups)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Combine breadcrumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and paprika in a shallow dish; set aside.
Combine buttermilk and egg in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add okra; toss to coat. Let stand 3 minutes.
Dredge okra in breadcrumb mixture. Place okra on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Lightly coat okra with cooking spray. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring once. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.


  1. instead of buying expensive cooking spray bottles at the dollar store and put olive, canola or other flavored oils in them! You can even make your own Pam by adding fine grain cake flower to a small batch and shake vigorously before using! :)

  2. Great tip! Thank you!

  3. I didn't have any buttermilk so I mixed 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt and 1/2 cup store bought egg whites. Came out great.

    1. Wow, that's awesome. I'll definitely have to try that!


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