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Crispy Air Fryer Okra

by Capri Lilly

Crispy Air Fryer Okra is a healthier way to make crunchy southern fried okra without the excessive amount of oil. The flavorful crunchy coating is made with cornmeal, seasonings, and gluten-free flour. This crispy okra recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and incredibly delicious! (No Air Fryer, No Problem! Oven instructions are included below!)

Serve this crispy okra with homemade creamy chipotle sauce for the ultimate dish! If you’re looking for more okra recipes to try, check out my Garlic-Herb Roasted Okra.

crispy air fryer okra served with creamy chipotle sauce

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Making crispy okra in the air fryer is incredibly easy, and the taste is phenomenal! With each bite, you have a flavorful, crunchy outer layer, with tender, perfectly cooked okra in the middle. Serving it with creamy chipotle sauce makes them even more enjoyable!

The chipotle sauce is a creamy smokey sauce made from raw cashews and chipotle peppers. It is gluten-free, vegan, and ready in less than 5 minutes! I highly recommend serving this healthy air-fried okra with the creamy chipotle sauce!

crispy air fryer okra served with creamy chipotle sauce

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Okra Recipe

  • Way less greasy, easy prep, and even easier clean-up!
  • Super flavorful with a smokey, crispy crust!
  • Healthier than typical oil-fried okra, but same texture (and better flavor!)
  • Completely Gluten-Free!
plate of okra, small bowl of beaten egg, large bowl with cornmeal, flour, and seasonings

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Air Fryer Crispy Okra

  • Okra: Fresh okra works best for this recipe. You can leave the okra whole and make crispy okra fries, or you can slice the okra into 1-2″ pieces.
  • Eggs: The eggs help to the coating stick to the okra.
  • Crunchy Coating Mixture: Cornmeal, Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, Italian Seasoning, Smoked Parika, Garlic Powder, Cumin, Sea Salt. Here is the gluten-free flour I use: King Arthur All-Purpose Flour | Amazon. (NOTE: can sub gluten-free flour with regular flour)
how to make air fryer okra gluten free recipe

How To Make Crispy Air Fryer Okra

  1. Rinse and dry the okra with a clean towel or paper towel.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the coating in a shallow bowl. Whisk the eggs and seasoning in a separate bowl.
  3. Dip the okra in the egg wash, then place it in the coating mixture. Use tongs or your fingers to move the okra in the mixture and make sure all sides are coated.If you slice the okra into bite-sized pieces, simply pour the egg wash over the cut okra and toss the okra until evenly coated.
  4. Place the breaded okra on a parchment-lined baking sheet. And repeat the previous step until all the okra is breaded.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 3 minutes.
  6. Using tongs, place the breaded okra in a single layer in the air fryer and lightly spray the okra with cooking oil spray. Air fry the okra for 10 minutes. Then, gently flip the okra using tongs and lightly spray with cooking oil spray. Air fry the okra for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until it has reached your desired level of crispiness. Repeat this step if you have any more okra to cook. (Cook in batches. You may need to cook the okra in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.)
  7. Serve with Creamy Chipotle Sauce or your favorite sauce and enjoy!

How To Make Crispy Okra If You Do Not Have An Air Fryer

After coating the okra in the egg wash and breading mixture, place the okra on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the okra in the oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy.

crispy okra made in the oven
Crispy Okra Made In the Oven

Tips To Make Crunchy Air Fryer Okra Perfectly

  • Do Not Overcrowd the Air Fryer. Work in Batches
  • Preheat the air fryer before using
  • Only spray with oil before cooking in the air fryer and when it is time to flip the okra.
  • After working in batches, to rewarm the okra, add all of the okra to the air fryer and ary fry for 1-2 minutes.

Which Air Fryer Do I Use?

I use the Yedi Total Package Air Fryer, 4 Quart. There is also the Yedi Total Package Air Fryer Oven XL, 12.7 Quart that has two racks, making it perfect for making this okra recipe even quicker! 

crispy air fryer okra served with creamy chipotle sauce

I hope you enjoy this Crispy Airy Fryer Okra Recipe

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healthy crunchy okra served with creamy chipotle sauce

Crispy Air Fryer Okra

Air Fryer Crispy Okra is a healthier way to make crunchy southern fried okra without the excessive amount of oil. The flavorful crunchy coating is made with cornmeal, seasonings, and gluten-free flour. This crispy okra recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and incredibly delicious! (No Air Fryer, No Problem! Oven instructions are included below!)
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Okra
  • Cooking Oil Spray

Egg Mixture

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Breading Mixture

  • 1/3 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (can sub regular flour)
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and dry the okra with a clean towel or paper towel.
  • Combine the ingredients for the coating in a shallow bowl. Whisk the eggs and seasoning in a separate bowl.
  • Dip the okra in the egg wash, then place it in the coating mixture. Use tongs or your fingers to move the okra in the mixture and make sure all sides are coated.
    (If you slice the okra into bite-sized pieces, simply pour the egg wash over the cut okra and toss the okra until evenly coated.)
  • Place the breaded okra on a parchment-lined baking sheet. And repeat the previous step until all the okra is breaded.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 3 minutes.
  • Using tongs, place the breaded okra in a single layer in the air fryer and lightly spray the okra with cooking oil spray.
    Air fry the okra for 10 minutes. Then, gently flip the okra using tongs and lightly spray with cooking oil spray. Air fry the okra for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until it has reached your desired level of crispiness.
    Repeat this step if you have any more okra to cook. (Cook in batches. You may need to cook the okra in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.)
  • Serve with creamy chipotle sauce or your favorite sauce. Enjoy!

How To Make Crispy Okra If You Do Not Have An Air Fryer  

  • After coating the okra in the egg wash and breading mixture, place the okra on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the okra in the oven at preheated 400°F for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy.
  • Serve with creamy chipotle sauce or your favorite sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Optional Add-in: Add 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese to the breading mixture

 

Tips To Make Crunchy Air Fryer Okra Perfectly

  • Do Not Overcrowd the Air Fryer. Work in Batches
  • Preheat the air fryer before using
  • Only spray with oil before cooking in the air fryer and when it is time to flip the okra.
  • After working in batches, to rewarm the okra, add all of the okra to the air fryer and ary fry for 1-2 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal
air fryer crispy okra nutrition info. calories 199, total fat 3.6g, cholesterol 83mg, sodium 278mg, total carbohydrates 33.8g, protein 7.4g

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19 comments

Amanda Scarlati December 13, 2021 - 4:28 pm

5 stars
So crispy and easy in air fryer!

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Bernice December 13, 2021 - 4:33 pm

5 stars
Great recipe. Will make again.

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Capri Lilly December 14, 2021 - 8:02 am

Hi Bernice! I am glad to hear it. Thanks for leaving a review!

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Adriana December 13, 2021 - 5:39 pm

5 stars
Best way to eat okra, fried!

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Capri Lilly December 14, 2021 - 8:02 am

Yes, indeed! “Fried” in the air fryer! healthier and still oh so delish!

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Laura December 13, 2021 - 5:57 pm

5 stars
I like the breading on this okra. It’s a nice way to eat it.

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Andréa Janssen December 13, 2021 - 5:59 pm

5 stars
Great recipe! And so easy!

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Capri Lilly December 14, 2021 - 8:02 am

Thanks Andrea!

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Angela December 13, 2021 - 6:20 pm

5 stars
This okra came out so crunchy! I’m happy to be able to get that crunch without using much oil.

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Capri Lilly December 14, 2021 - 8:00 am

Hi Angela! That is my fav part– the perfect crunch without deep frying! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Kristina December 13, 2021 - 7:47 pm

5 stars
One of the best ways to cook okra!

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Capri Lilly December 14, 2021 - 7:59 am

Hi Kristina! I agree! Roasted with garlic and herbs is pretty great too!

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Pam Greer December 13, 2021 - 8:38 pm

5 stars
Perfectly crispy!

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Capri Lilly December 14, 2021 - 7:58 am

I totally agree! 😉

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Emily Flint December 13, 2021 - 10:20 pm

5 stars
Can’t wait to make this!

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Dennis Littley December 15, 2021 - 2:16 pm

5 stars
I love my airfryer and love okra! Your recipes came out ah-mazing!

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Capri Lilly December 15, 2021 - 5:10 pm

I love using my air fryer too! And okra is my FAV! I am so glad you like the recipe!

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Sarah March 12, 2022 - 5:44 pm

I am totally surprised to see this recipe. I was actually looking to get some good OKRA recipes but i am so happy to see how i can make them into my air fryer too. Thank you Capri for being so kind and sharing these with us. I’ll have to try this.

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Capri Lilly March 14, 2022 - 11:15 am

You’re welcome, Sarah! I hope you enjoy

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