This little experiment came out quite good. I fully expected it would because this spiced coating has been good on every oven-fried vegetable I have tried it on so far. 🙂 It comes out of the oven crisp, but as with all fried okra, it doesn’t stay crisp for long, so bake these right before you plan to sit down and eat. If you’re looking for the taste of fried okra but want an easier preparation, you might prefer my Okra Fritters (click link to see those). This dish is Atkins Induction acceptable.
I have done this with fresh, whole okra pods, slitting them several times lengthwise to speed cooking. The pic below lets you see how those come out:
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2 c. sliced frozen okra, UNdefrosted (8 oz), or whole pods, slit
2 oz. crushed plain pork rinds
4 T. my homemade mayo
½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend
DIRECTIONS: I think these cook best on a non-stick metal baking sheet. But if you don’t have one, lightly oil a regular sheet pan, or use parchment to line your pan. Whatever you do, DO NOT USE A SILICONE SHEET on your pan or these will not brown and crisp up properly. Preheat oven to 450º. Crush pork rinds (I use a food processor). Using a slotted spoon or small sieve, discard any hard bits that didn’t crush finely. Pour into a medium bowl and add spice blend. Stir well. In a shallow dish or pie plate, pour the mayo. Making sure each piece of okra is separated, dip about ¼ of the okra into the mayo and coat well by turning each piece gently to coat on all sides. Lift the pieces out one at a time (I like to use my ice-bucket tongs for this) and drop into the rinds. Shake the bowl to coat the okra on all sides. Using tongs, lift each piece of okra onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the next ¼ of the okra, and so on until all is done. The reason you don’t want to put all the okra in the mayo at one time is it may not get uniform mayo coating, which is essential for the coating to stick to the okra. Pop into the hot oven for about 15-20 minutes, remove pan and turn each piece. Pop back into oven for another 10 minutes. Dip onto serving platter and eat at once or it will lose its crispness.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Make 4 servings. Each 2 oz. serving contains:
15.65 g fat
4.35 g carbs, 1.25 g fiber, 3.1 g NET CARBS
10 g protein
268 mg sodium
137 mg potassium
31% RDA Vitamin B12, 15% e, 30% manganese, 30% riboflavin, 12% zinc and 17% iron