Fried okra is a traditional Southern treat! By baking up a batch, your child will learn more about regional cooking. Along with being a tasty side dish or snack, oven-baking okra instead of frying it makes a healthy for the entire family!
What you need:
- 1 bag frozen okra
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ cup bread crumbs (seasoned or unseasoned)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Plastic zip-top bag
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Sheet pan
- Paper towels
What You Do:
- Practice good kitchen habits: before she gets started, make sure your child washes her hands.
- Invite your child to rinse the okra in the strainer with fresh water.
- Now she can pat the okra dry with a paper towel and mix the flour, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper together in a plastic zip-top bag. While she's measuring and mixing, have your child set the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The dried okra can be coated with the milk and then tossed in the bag and given a good shake, making sure all the okra has been covered.
- Have your child get out a sheet pan and coat it with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Now your child can place the okra on the sheet pan in an even layer, making sure none are touching or overlapping.
- Now it’s time to get baking! Your child can place the sheet tray of okra in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.
- When the timer dings, she can use a spatula to flip her okra, helping to evenly brown the other side for another 10 minutes! Make sure your child uses an oven mitt – the oven is hot!
- Once the okra has finished baking, she can place the okra on a sheet of paper towel and let drain for a couple of minutes.
- Now she can put the baked okra on a serving plate and share it with friends and family!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.