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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!)
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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