June 28, 2012

CSA Week 11 / Crunchy Baked Okra

I can’t believe there are only 2 more weeks of the Summer CSA. So sad! With how abundant this season has been, I’ve been able to make some really fabulous recipes. I’m pretty pumped for the Fall CSA too!DSC_0400 (1024x731)

In the box:

  • green peppers
  • corn
  • beets (!)
  • watermelon
  • heirloom tomatoes
  • cherry tomatoes
  • okra
  • red potatoes
  • cantaloupe
  • and dem boys

A couple of weeks ago, I ate some delicious fried okra at Fat Hen. I knew I wanted to make something similar, but alas, this is a healthy food blog. And we all know how much candy I consume, so I had to find the balance somewhere.

Crunchy Baked Okra


  • fresh okra, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • egg whites
  • whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • seasoning of your choice (I used Penzey’s Mural of Flavor blend – thanks Grandparents!!)


Preheat oven to 375*. In a bowl, mix together breadcrumbs and seasoning. In a separate bowl, lightly beat egg whites.

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Dip the okra in the egg white…DSC_0404 (1024x820)

and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture until evenly coated.DSC_0406 (1024x819)

Place okra on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat (or coated with cooking spray).DSC_0408 (1024x731)

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.DSC_0414 (1024x731)

Enjoy!DSC_0417 (1024x731)

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  • Okay, after a pretty horrifying stewed okra experience at a restaurant a few years ago (the slime!), I’ve pretty much sworn this vegetable off my plate. BUT, I loooovee crispy, crunchy, salty anything (even fried grasshoppers–I ate an entire bowl in Mexico), so I’m going to give this veggie a second chance. Come to DC and make baked okra for me??? <3

    • ok stewed okra is NASTY. it’s only good pickled, baked, or fried. you know which 2 my favorites are. 🙂 I’D LOVE TO VISIT

  • Ensley

    That is the most fried-looking baked food I’ve ever seen. (I hope you realized that’s a compliment.) Nicely done!

    • haha, i really like that compliment! thank you!

  • Mmmm Fried Okraaaaa!!!!!!

  • That okra looks amazing!! And so simple!! I am definitely going to try it! One of my favorite southern side dishes!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt Blog

    I’ve always been iffy about okra, but I think I’d really like it made like this!

  • beth.cleary

    YUM!! I am going to make this..I am getting ready to make batches of Pickled Okra..if I am in Charleston I will leave one at the Blackbaud desk for you!

    • that would be awesome!! thank you!

  • that looks, like, REALLY good.

  • kerr

    I made the same thing last night but I left my okra whole. Yum!

    • i bet that was really good. a better okra to batter ratio 🙂

  • Nichole

    Ok my nanny makes this same thing but in a frying pan and probably with unhealthy okra. I absolutely love fried okra!! This is a nicer alternative.

    You should try grilling these little guys:)

    • omg at first i was like “you just announced you’re pregnant and you have a nanny already?!” but i think you mean grandma…

  • I never thought the day will come when I will think okra is yummy, but coated in breadcrumbs, it really is! Good job!

  • I’ve never had okra before. I’ve actually always been a bit scared of it! Maybe I should reevaluate and give it a try!

  • This looks REALLY tasty!! I am now on the search for okra so I can make these beauties.

  • Not a big okra lover, but I may have to make an exception. This looks delicious. Are beets a summer catch?

  • Okay is SO delicious 🙂 I love baking it in the oven!!

  • I LOVE OKRA!! This looks completely delicious!

  • Ansa

    I love Okra and haven’t had any in ages. Off to whole foods I go to get some; Thank you xx

  • George Basden

    As a diabetic this sounds good and I would like to try it. Only question I have is what are the quantities of the ingredients and how many servings is this?

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