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Crispy Okra Recipe

Crispy Okra Recipe

Okra is an Africa-wide favourite that is indigenous to West Africa. In fact, the word okra comes from the word ọ́kụ̀rụ̀, taken from the Igbo language of southeast Nigeria. It is normally used in soups and stews, such as seafood okra stew. I have added a twist with this crispy okra recipe.

This crispy okra recipe can be used to make a healthy snack on its own. They end up a little like kale chips. Scoop them up as it or incorporate with other ingredients to make a salad with a difference.

Okra Around The World

Okra is used around the world. India, Lebanon and the United States of America are just a few places. This vergetable is so important to some African cultures, especially mine, that you will find several recipes on this site dedicated to okra.

In Ghana, okra is often used to make okra stew or soup, depending on how finely chopped and sticky the resulitng sauce is. It is quintessentially sevred with banku. Regional variations of okra stews or okra rich sauce include fetri detsi of the Ewe people of Eastern Ghana or the Volta Region. Additionally we have fante fante, a fishermans tomato stew enriched with okra. Whilst this would not classify as an okra stew, I can’t see how fante fante is what it is without okra. These are all almost always served with banku or its less fermented couterpart, akple.

This Crispy Okra Recipe is for You

Especially if you are not used to the texture of okra when it gets gloopy. I have eaten okra all my life so I find nothing strange about it. Aside from using this recipe, you can also try another recipe, and use the okras whole instead of chopping them.

Crispy Okra Recipe

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By Freda Muyambo Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 Cooking Time: 20

Okra doesn't always have to be made the same way. Try this crispy okra recipe for a low-fat fun-filled snack.


  • 400g okra
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Sprigs of fresh lemon thyme
  • Chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and white pepper to taste



1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 Degrees C.


2. Prepare the okra by slicing the pods lengthwise to get long, flat strips. You should get 2 to 3 strips out of each pod. Slice 3 garlic cloves thinly.


3. Toss the okra and garlic into a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Sprinkle a few thyme leaves, season with salt, white pepper, and a few chili flakes. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss well.


4. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes until the strips have crisped up. Remove from the oven, set aside, and allow to cool before taking the strips off the paper.

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