This baked okra casserole makes the perfect addition to a holiday table. With a delicious seasoned bread crumb topping, it has a bit of a stuffing vibe so it’s perfect for a holiday side dish.
We love it with both our Thanksgiving turkey and our Christmas ham, but I serve it all throughout the year as well.
Ingredients for okra casserole
Exact ingredient measurements and directions are in the printable recipe card. Scroll below to find it.
- Frozen cut okra
- Herb bread crumbs
- finely diced chili pepper
What does okra taste like?
It has a sweet and grassy flavor that some compare to green beans and eggplant.
Why does okra get a bad rap?
There’s no denying that okra is a polarizing vegetable. You either love it or hate it, and you’re probably passionate about your stance. Since I live in the south where okra is wildly popular, I’ve been working hard to get used to it and believe me, it takes some getting used to because of the slime.
Why is okra slimy?
Okra slime is technically called “mucilage”—a revolting name that sounds exactly like what it is—viscous goo. It’s great for thickening dishes and using in sauces and stews but it can be offputting when served as a side dish on its own.
Does frozen okra have slime?
All okra has slime; there’s no way around it, but this frozen okra recipe minimizes the slime factor. The okra is already cut so no additional mucilage is released and patting it dry helps a lot too. It’s a delicious side dish.
How to make this okra casserole recipe
Mix the bread crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl; set aside.
Put okra in a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish and add beaten egg. Mix in the onion, salt, pepper, cardamom, half the bread crumbs and half the cheese.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, then add the rest of the bread crumbs and cheese.
Bake 10-15 more minutes or until cheese is melted and bread crumbs have browned a bit.
This frozen okra recipe turns okra into a deliciously seasoned casserole side dish reminiscent of stuffing. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to okra if you’ve never tried it or are still getting used to it.
Enjoy this yummy okra casserole recipe!
Other vegetable side dish recipes you’ll love:
- Roasted carrots, potatoes and green beans
- Parmesan roasted baby potatoes
- Apricot-glazed carrots
- Loaded mashed potatoes
- Broccoli cheese casserole
- Crunchy sweet potato fries with harissa aioli
- Roasted butternut squash and apples
- Easy country-style lima beans
- 1 28 oz pkg frozen cut okra thawed, patted dry
- 1 egg
- 1 cup herb bread crumbs divided
- ½ cup butter
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 chili pepper finely diced
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In small bowl, melt butter and mix with bread crumbs; set aside.
- Put okra in a greased 9" x 13" casserole dish and add beaten egg. Mix in onion, cardamom, salt, pepper, half the bread crumbs and half the cheese.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese and bread crumbs. Bake 10-15 more minutes.