Ready for a crispy fix? You had us at oven-fried okra, aka baked. This recipe courtesy of Love & Zest turns a traditionally deep-fried treat into a healthy side. Thick-cut okra is baked in a crispy coating of egg and whole wheat breadcrumbs for added protein and fiber. Fun fact: The slimy “goo” inside okra pods is called mucilage and is high in soluble fiber. This soluble fiber is like the kind found in Metamucil.

Ingredients for servings


  • 4 cups diced fresh okra

  • 0.5 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs

  • 0.25 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 0.125 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 0.125 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 375°F/190ºC.

  • In medium bowl, whisk bread crumbs, garlic, salt and pepper together. In separate medium bowl, whisk egg.

  • Toss okra with egg to lightly coat. Then, gently toss okra in breadcrumbs mixture to coat.

  • Spray rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread okra onto baking sheet and spray tops with cooking spray.

  • Bake for 15 minutes until crispy. Serve immediately.

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