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The Best Air Fryer Okra {Vegan}

Crispy, crunchy, and so poppable, this Air Fryer Okra will be a huge hit! Perfect as a quick appetizer, side dish, or a healthy game-day snack, fried okra in the air fryer is sure to become a crowd favorite. No air fryer? You’ll also find alternative cooking methods in the post.

fried okra in a white dish on a wooden plate

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Delicious air fryer okra is super crispy without needing a lot of oil. Even better, the air fryer eliminates the “slimy” texture that gives okra a bad rap.

Packed with flavor and ready in a flash, you’re about to discover your new favorite snack!

Just like my Air Fryer PicklesFried Artichoke Hearts, Crispy Air Fryer Green Bean Fries, Air Fryer Green Tomatoes, and Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, this recipe takes delicious veggies and turns them into a healthier app or game-day snack.

This is the air fryer we currently have and we used to own (and love) this model

Can You Air Fryer Frozen Okra?

Yes! Do not thaw the okra before air frying it. In order to get the breading to stick properly, you’ll want to rinse frozen okra in cold water in a fine-mesh strainer.

Ingredients

  • Okra – fresh or frozen
  • All-purpose flour (see notes for gluten-free options)
  • Cornmeal
  • Seasoning blend – I used Tony Chachere, but Old Bay will work in a pinch
  • If your seasoning blend does not contain salt, add 1/4 tsp sea salt to the breading mix.
  • Olive oil – just a bit!

a bowl of okra, flour, and cornmeal and a container of creole seasoning on a white board

My southern friend who shared this recipe with me stressed the fact that the breading should be light to medium. You don’t want to heavily coat the okra with the breading; you want to still taste and enjoy the vegetable underneath!

Save any leftover cornmeal to make a batch of this Air Fryer Cornbread – YUM!

4 photos showing the process of making fried okra in the air fryer

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Avoid aerosol cooking spray as it can leave residue on the air fryer basket. We prefer using olive oil in a Misto.
  • Taste a piece of fried okra while it is still fairly hot (don’t burn yourself!), because you can sprinkle more seasoning to taste while everything is still warm.
  • Gluten-free options: use a 1 to 1 gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose.
  • Need low carb, paleo, or Whole30 options? Try all almond flour instead of all-purpose flour and cornmeal.
  • Don’t crowd the basket. It’s better to cook in batches rather than try to cook too much at once.

a white dish of air fryer okra on a wooden tray with dipping sauce

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The Best Air Fryer Okra {Vegan}

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Crispy, crunchy, and so poppable, this Air Fryer Okra will be a huge hit!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz okra {fresh or frozen, cut into 1/4 inch rounds}
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 tsp Tony Chachere's creole seasoning {Old Bay works too}
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

If Using Fresh Okra

  • Rinse, pat dry, and cut off the stem end.
  • Slice into 1/4 in rounds.

If Using Frozen Okra

  • Place in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with cold water. Shake to remove excess water.

Breading & Cooking the Okra

  • Add okra to a medium mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal, flour, and creole seasoning over the okra, and shake to coat.
  • Brush olive oil in the air fryer basket. Add okra and spray heavily with olive oil.
  • Cook at 400 F for 10 minutes, then shake. Spray with additional olive oil if desired.
  • Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until it has reached your desired level of crispiness.

Notes

Rinse frozen okra with cold water so that it doesn't defrost.
 
If the cornmeal isn't sticking well, spritz okra with a bit of olive oil and toss to coat.
 
Gluten-free options: use a 1 to 1 gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose.
 
Low carb, paleo, or Whole30 options: Try all almond flour instead of all-purpose flour and cornmeal.
 
Skillet Instructions: heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add enough high-heat oil to cover the bottom. Fry okra in batches, flipping halfway through. Remove using a slotted spoon and allow to rest on a plate lined with paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Air Fryer Okra {Vegan}
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cups)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 270mg8%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 622IU12%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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