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Smoky Cajun Baked Okra

Smoky Cajun Baked Okra

Baking okra quickly at a high temperature is the key to tender pods with minimal sliminess - smoky bacon and cajun seasoning make the whole thing insanely addictive!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cajun, Creole, Southern
Servings 4 as a side


  • 2 pints okra each pod cut into 3-4 segments (about 4 cups chopped in total)
  • 2 small sweet peppers largely diced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 slices bacon cubed
  • 2 small lemons quartered


  1. Preheat the oven to 450

  2. Cut the okra, peppers, and bacon and add to 2 large, dark baking sheets

  3. Add the paprika, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes, and stir to thoroughly combine

  4. Bake at 450 for 18-20 minutes, rotating the two pans halfway through

  5. Remove from the oven, squeeze lemon juice over top, stir, and serve immediately!

Recipe Notes

Use dark baking sheets to bake the okra for maximum heat conduction.  If you don't have dark baking sheets, then crank your oven up to 475 instead of 450.