Crispy Roasted Okra Fries

My garden is planted, but I’ve still got a ways to go before I can harvest any veggies. This in-between stage is my favorite time to hit local farmer’s markets.zucchiniThe Hyde Park Village market is small and easy to navigate, so it’s perfect for a quick trip. If I’ve got more time, I head to the Saturday Morning Market in St. Pete, which has 130 vendors. Here’s a directory of farmer’s markets in Florida to find one near you.  hydeparkI was so excited about this Red Burgundy okra grown by Aloe Organics. They were picked at the perfect time.okraOnce okra gets big it’s tough and fibrous, but small ones like this are always tender. I couldn’t wait to cook them. I could tell by the look on Toby’s face he did not share my enthusiasm. I’m not sure how many times I’ll have to make delicious non-slimy okra to make him a believer, but I’m not backing down. Okra is awesome.slicedokraThat night I made the most convincing okra yet. To drive my point home, I pulled out the South’s culinary secret weapon: bacon fat. I sliced the pods lengthwise and tossed them on a hot baking stone with a spoonful of that magic stuff and roasted them until they were nice and crispy.redokraokrafriesThen I piled them up like shoestring fries and served them with a couple dips. 
roastokraMy plan backfired. He devoured them and didn’t save many for me.

Crispy Roasted Okra Fries
  1. 3 cups small okra pods
  2. 1 tablespoon bacon fat*
  3. good pinch of salt
  4. your favorite fry dips (sriracha, ketchup, spicy mayo)
  1. Place a baking stone or baking sheet in the oven and preheat it to 425.
  2. Rinse and thoroughly dry the okra with a dish towel or paper towels.
  3. Slice them in half lengthwise.
  4. Once the oven is preheated, remove the hot pan and spread a tablespoon of bacon fat on it. Add the okra pods and salt and toss it all together. Return the pan to the oven for 5 minutes. Toss them, then put them back in for another 5 minutes, or until nice and crispy.
  5. Serve them in a big pile with dips.
  1. *refined coconut oil is a good substitute.
Suwannee Rose

6 Comments Crispy Roasted Okra Fries

  1. Matt October 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I love grilled Okra! I haven’t tried the bacon fat but that just makes everything more magical.

    1. suwanneerose October 15, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Grilled okra is sooooo good. You’ve got to try the bacon fat fries, Matt!

  2. nicole October 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    These look tasty. I’ll add them to my shopping list during my next farmer’s market visit 🙂 Thanks Danielle!

    1. suwanneerose October 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I hope you like them as much as we do, Nicole!

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