Quite a few years ago, I was at a girlfriend’s beautiful loft for dinner, and for someone who doesn’t really love cooking, she had really put out an impressive spread of hors d’oeuvres.
Among those hors d’oeuvres were roasted okra. I was a bit hesitant at first. I’d only had okra in Creole dishes, and there is this dog slobber-type slime that I had previously associated with okra. But I’m glad I tried them!
Not only did I immediately become addicted to these roasted okra, I found out that they were made from frozen okra! Wow.
So I had to make them myself. They’re so easy, and only take a little bit of time for the thawing process. Other than that, all you’ll need is an oven.
1 or 2 1-pound packages frozen whole okra
Salt or seasoning salt
Starting the day before, thaw the bag of frozen okra in the refrigerator overnight.
The next morning, place the okra in a large colander. Give them a little rinse, then let them drain for at least 4 hours.
Place the okra on paper towels and let them “dry” up. There should be no very little “wetness” left to them.
Preheat the oven to a roast position, or to at least 400 degrees Farenheit. Place the okra in a large roasting pan or jelly roll pan, making sure there’s not too much overlap. Drizzle on olive oil, and season with salt or your favorite seasoning salt. I used a favorite spice blend that my girlfriend Gabriella brings me from Trader Joe’s.
Roast the okra for about 20-25 minutes, tossing them once during the process. They should be roasted on all sides.
Cook longer if there’s not sufficient browning. The roasting time depends on how full of water they are. Turn out the okra onto a serving platter.
You might want to add a fun coarse salt to them as well, but taste them first to test the saltiness.
I made a little Sriracha mayo for dipping, but they’re wonderful just by themselves. Or there’s truffle aioli…
And not slimy.