Air fryer okra is an easy three-ingredient recipe to make as an easy side dish for meals any time of the year! Cook it whole, sliced, or cut in half with excellent results! It comes perfectly tender with nice crisp edges.
Wash and dry the pods. Trim off the stem ends a bit if they are too long. If you prefer to cut, you can slice it horizontally into half-inch slices or slice it in half lengthwise straight down the middle.
Place the okra pieces in a bowl. Sprinkle with oil, salt and pepper. Use your hands or tongs to toss the okra around to coat it completely.
Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and transfer okra to the basket.
Cook at 350° F or 180° C for 8-10 minutes until hot, crispy and the edges are golden brown. Turn at least once during the cooking time.
For best results place the okra in a single layer. If using a smaller air fryer, you can stack the okra 2-3 deep but don’t overfill the basket so the hot air can flow around the okra.
It's a good idea to buy okra close to the cook time. It’s a relatively delicate vegetable and will last for a short time (2-3) days in the refrigerator.
Smaller okra may be less slimy and more tender.
The best way to get crispier okra, cut okra in half or into half-inch slices prior to cooking.