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Air Fryer Okra is a spicy Southern side dish favorite breaded with cornmeal and breadcrumbs.

Breaded Air Fryer Okra in a while bowl with full okra in the back

Roasted fried okra in the air fryer is one of my favorite side dishes to make.

While the breading process takes longer to prep than say, Air Fryer Corn on the Cob, it’s such a nice refreshing crispy change up.

It’s tender, yet crispy, and is full of flavor. If you’ve never had okra before, I recommend running out to the grocery store and grabbing some to try it out.

I’ve even converted my husband to love okra using this recipe!

In this post, I will teach you:

  • Where you can find okra and when it’s in season
  • When okra is in season and where you can buy it
  • How to make okra in the air fryer
  • How to make frozen okra in the air fryer
  • How to reheat okra in the air fryer – breaded or with no breading
  • Tips to make the best crispy air fryer okra you’ve ever had
Closeup of air fried okra in a white bowl

Where Can I Find Okra?

You can find okra right in the produce department of your grocery store. It’s available mainly from May to September.

You can also find it at a local farmer’s market depending on the time of year as well.

Full okra on a cutting board with bowls of egg, flour, and breadcrumb mixture

How to Make Air Fryer Okra

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees.

STEP TWO: Clean and cut the fresh okra into 1/2 -inch thick slices, removing the top and bottom of each okra piece.

Cutting okra into pieces on a bown cutting board with 3 bowls of ingredients to the side

STEP THREE: Place the flour in one bowl, the eggs, whisked, in a second bowl, and the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, paprika, sea salt, and cayenne pepper (if using) in a third bowl.

I like to use a smaller bowl for the eggs as it allows me to dip the okra pieces into the egg to coat it more easily.

STEP FOUR: Dip the okra into the flour mixture, then the egg, and lastly the cornmeal mixture coating it on all sides each time. Repeat with all okra pieces

You can use a fork to pick up and dip each okra piece to make it easier.

Breading okra pieces on a cutting board and dipping one piece into the egg with a fork

STEP FIVE: Place the breaded okra into the air fryer and spritz them with some oil then cook for 7 to 8 minutes.

I’ve tested a few oil misters and love the EVO Oil Sprayer the most as just 1 to 2 sprays will cover the entire bottom of the air fryer.

Uncooked breaded okra in air fryer

STEP SIX:  Remove the fried okra from the air fryer and enjoy!

Cooked breaded okra in air fryer

How to Cook Frozen Breaded Okra in the Air Fryer

We love to pick up a bag of Pictsweet frozen breaded okra and cook it in the air fryer. You can even pick up a bag at Walmart.

Here are some directions to ensure you get the crispiest air fryer frozen breaded okra.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place frozen okra in the air fryer. Cooking in one single layer will get the best results.
  3. Cook the frozen okra for about 14 minutes, lightly shaking the basket halfway through.
  4. Remove the roasted okra from the air fryer and enjoy!
Holding a piece of air fryer okra bitten into in a hand

How to Reheat Okra in the Air Fryer

I love to reheat leftover okra in the fridge. Whether you have leftovers from this air fryer okra recipe or brought some home from Cracker Barrel, reheating it up in the air fryer is the best way to heat them!

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the leftover fried okra in the air fryer and cook for about 3 minutes until warmed thoroughly.
  3. Remove the okra from the air fryer and enjoy!
Air Fryer Okra in a bowl with hand picking a piece out

Tips to Make the Best Fried Okra in the Air Fryer

  • Use a fork to dip the okra into each bowl. It goes faster.
  • Make extras and freeze the rest for later. Use the frozen okra directions above to heat them back up straight from frozen
  • Use a small bowl for the eggs. It lets you dip a fork with a piece of okra inside of it much faster without trying to move it around and coat all sides.
  • Add a good pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper for a flavorful and spicy recipe

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Okra (Fresh and Frozen Breaded)

Closeup of air fried okra in a white bowl

Okra is breaded with breadcrumbs and cornmeal to get that same fried okra taste you know and love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces okra, cut into 1/2-inch slices and tops and bottoms removed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • sea salt or table salt, to taste

Optional

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees.
  2. Set out 2 medium bowls and 1 small bowl. Fill a medium bowl with flour, the small bowl with the eggs, and the remaining medium bowl with the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  3. Take turns dipping each piece of okra into the flour mixture, then the eggs, then the cornmeal mixture coating it on all sides each time. I use a fork to bread them faster.
  4. Place the breaded okra in the air fryer and spritz them with a little oil, then cook for 7 to 8 minutes until golden brown on the outside.
  5. Remove the okra from the air fryer enjoy!

Notes

How to Cook Frozen Breaded Okra in the Air Fryer

1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

2. Place the frozen okra in the air fryer and cook for about 14 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

3. Remove the cooked okra from the air fryer and enjoy!

How to Reheat Okra in the Air Fryer

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Place the leftover fried okra in the air fryer and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until warmed thoroughly.

3. Remove the okra from the air fryer and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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