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Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra

Coated with a deliciously spiced egg wash and flaked panko breading, these Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra are delicious to snack on or enjoy as a side at your next family meal.

Coated with  deliciously spiced egg wash and spiced panko breading, these Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra are a must make!

Happy April Fool’s Day, y’all! So, have you been pranked yet?

Or, have you pranked someone else, yet? 😊

And, seeing we are on the subject of pranks – what’s the best prank you pulled on someone else? Or, someone else pulled on you?

Rinsing Okra in preparation for this recipe

Way, way back in the day, when I used to work as a graphic designer, I had a co-worker who LOVED April Fool’s Day. Every April Fool’s Day, he would pick someone to lavish his “attention” on.

When it was my turn, I came in to find my mouse not working, only to find someone had tapped over the bottom sensor.

That same day, I went to open my overhead storage unit and I was clobbered with Styrofoam packing and little pieces of confetti!

Y’all, let me just say that it’s no fun cleaning confetti out of a carpet!

One of the Steps To Make Air Fryer Crispy Spicy Okra

Unlike Google’s Gulp or Tree-Grown Spaghetti, today, I am not pranking y’all when I say that these Crispy Spicy Okra were not fried, they were air-fried!

Some of my favorite Air Fryer Recipes:

My air-fryer is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite kitchen gizmos! My daughter and I so enjoyed those crispy Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders it gave us.
Then there was that gorgeous Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon, and, more recently, these incredibly Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra!

I came across 1 ¼ lb packages of fresh okra at Walmart and decided to use it for this recipe. I simply used a coriander, chili, and smoked paprika spiked… err, spiced egg wash and similarly spiced, flaked panko breading before adding these to my air fryer.

As I placed the okra in a single layer with plenty of room around so that the circulating air could do its job in crisping up this okra, I did have to cook these in 2 batches.

Enjoying Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra

We ended up saving some of these to take over to my sister’s home this past Saturday, so she and my mom ( aka the okra-cooking-queen ) could taste-test these, and they both seemed to love them.

My sister reheated these by tossing them in her oven for about 5 minutes. If you happen to have an air-fryer, I so do hope you give these Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra a try. And, if you don’t – run out and get one!

I kid, I kid, seriously, these okra can be baked in your oven as well.

How to make Okra Fries if you don’t have an Air Fryer:


After you have coated fresh okra with the spiced egg wash and spiced flaked panko breading, and sprayed it with cooking-oil, just pop the okra into an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees F for 15 – 20 minutes until crispy.

Coated with deliciously spiced egg wash and spiced panko breading, these Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra are a must make!

Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Coated with a deliciously spiced egg wash and flaked panko breading, these Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra are delicious to snack on or enjoy as a side at your next family meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb fresh okra
  • For the Egg Wash:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • For the Panko Breading:
  • 1 cup gluten free flaked panko breading
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse okra and dry thoroughly - I used paper towels to do so.
  2. Prepare egg wash by mixing egg with coriander, smoked paprika, chili powder (if using) and salt in a bowl.
  3. Prepare breading by mixing panko bread flakes with coriander, smoked paprika, chili powder (if using), garlic powder, parslet, salt and pepper.
  4. Then, using one hand, dip the dried okra in the spiced egg wash and drop it onto the plate with the breading.
  5. Then, using the other hand, coat the okra well with the spiced panko breading. Repeat this with all the okra.
  6. When the okra are all breaded, place them in a single layer at the bottom of your air fryer basket and spray them with your favorite cooking spray.
  7. For best results, pre-heat air fryer to 400 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Set the air fryer to air fry the okra at 400 degrees for 4-5 minutes. Then open air fryer, and using tongs, flip the okra over and air fry for 4-5 minutes at 400 degrees. Repeat if you have any more breaded okra (depending on the size of your air fryer, this might take 2- 3 batches to cook - but the result is work it.
  9. Enjoy with your favorite sauces!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 3
Amount Per Serving Calories 150Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 66mgSodium 302mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 8g

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Coated with a deliciously spiced egg wash and flaked panko breading, these Crispy Spicy Air Fryer Okra are delicious to snack on.
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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Okra is so good! Love the stuff, and this is a MUCH healthier way to prepare it than pan-frying it in oil. Good stuff -- thanks.

David @ Spiced

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

Oh man, this recipe takes me back a few years! My grandpa in upstate South Carolina loved okra, and it appeared on the dinner table quite often. For some reason, we never made it much in our family, though, so it kinda went by the wayside after he passed. This would be a fun way to relive those memories! Plus, air fryer. Plus, okra. Plus, that breading. Plus, smoked paprika. :-)

angiesrecipes

Monday 1st of April 2019

These look so CRUNCHY! I want some too :-))

Jacqueline Debono

Monday 1st of April 2019

I don't remember the last time I had okra. It's not a veg I can find easily here in Italy, unfortunately! But I do come across it sometimes. I'll definitely try this spicy fried okra. It looks yummy! Have to do it in the oven as still haven't bought an air fryer, although it's on my wish list!