Whenever I tell people that Kenya’s favorite vegetable is okra, they look at me like I’m crazy. How in the world could a little boy ever want to eat okra?! Well, it’s true, he loves it and it’s not the result of me pushing it on him. From day one it’s always been his veggie of choice.

When I was growing up in the south, my mother and grandparents made okra all the time. My mother’s favorite preparation of it was fried. So for any okra lovers out there, I decided to make my family’s favorite version but with a healthy twist. Baked Okra Nuggets are crunchy and really fun to eat. If you’ve never tried okra before, this recipe is a good introduction to it and a great way to get kids to eat a veggie that they might have avoided before!


Okra Nuggets

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 Cups Okra, cut into 1 inch rounds (you could also use frozen okra that’s defrosted)
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 Cup parmesan cheese



    Sodium: 700mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Calories: 140kcal | Fat: 2g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 24g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Oooo, I can’t wait to try this! My kids LOVE roasted okra. They actually prefer it to my mother-in-law’s fried version, which makes me oh so very proud 🙂

    2. Tried this last night, I loved them. Didn’t realize my husband doesn’t like okra… so more for me 🙂

    3. I am sad to say these were not good. They crisped up and looked good but they tasted bland. I really wanted to like them because they sounded good. I followed the recipe with the exception of the type of cheese. Maybe adding some fresh herbs would help??? Oh well, there are TONS of awsome Weelicious recipes.

    4. I made these yesterday, my first experience EVER with okra (what can I say, I’m from Minnesota!), and my 2-yr-old gobbled them right up!! It has a very mild flavor, and I will definitely be making again. Next time I’ll have a marinara for dipping. Thanks for the recipe!

    5. […] fried okra (since that’s what I was familiar with!), and came across this toddler friendly Okra Nuggets recipe from weelicious. (I’m now subscribing to their daily recipe email, too. Fabulous […]

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