Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Spicy Baked Okra Fries

Okra is in season in my area, as evidenced by the baggie full of pods that appear weekly in my CSA box. I love okra prepped in lots of ways, but this is one of the simplest ways to enjoy them. Serve as a side dish or snack (or in my case, breakfast on the way to the airport last week!). Warning that the larger pods do not fare well in this preparation because they tend to be tougher and have fibrous strings.

Spicy Baked Okra Fries
A dozen okra pods, each about 2 inches in length
2 tsp organic canola oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp crushed dried red pepper

Preheat toaster oven (I use it to save energy for this single serving snack) to 400 degrees. Toss okra in oil to coat. Sprinkle salt, chili powder, dried red pepper over okra. Bake for 8-12 minutes until it is as brown as you would like it. This takes a couple attempts. I like it lighter brown as opposed to darker in color. Unfortunately I made this last batch in the kitchen before the sun rose, so with the lighting it is hard to tell.

Makes one serving. 69 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein


Mo Diva said...

i have never to this day tried okra...
I want a CSA box :-(

Mariko said...

Is this slimy? I always have that problem with okra.

Carolyn Jung said...

I'm so used to having okra either fried or in stews, so this is a nice change of pace to try.


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