Crispy Coconut Okra Poppers

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Preparation Time 30 minutes Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 (3 okra per serving) Cost Per Serving $0.96
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1/2 lbs or about 18Okra
1/2 cupLow Fat Cream Cheese
1/4 cupFresh or Dried Grated Coconut
2 tbspLime Juice
1Green Chili, finely chopped (optional)
1Shallot, finely chopped
2 tbspDried Grated Coconut
1/2 cupBreadcrumbs (Panko or Regular)
1 tspSmoked Paprika
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove the tops of the okra and cut a slit from top to bottom down the side of each okra.
  3. Combine cream cheese, ¼ cup grated coconut, lime juice, green chili and shallot. Stuff about 1 tsp into each okra. Don’t over-stuff, you should almost be able to close the okra back up.
  4. Combine the breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp dried coconut, paprika, salt and pepper.
  5. Whisk an egg in a bowl and dip each okra in the egg, coating it well. Gently toss the okra in the breadcrumbs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15 minute or until golden brown and crispy. Serve with condiments.


  • ​Okra, also called ladies fingers, ochro, okoro and quimgombo, is rich in fibre, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
  • One cup of cooked okra has 3 grams of fibre and only 30 calories. Most of the fibre in okra is viscous soluble fibre, which can help to control blood sugar and reduce levels of “lousy” LDL cholesterol. High LDL levels in the blood are a risk factor for heart disease.
  • Vitamin B6 is needed to break down protein, carbohydrates and fats from the foods you eat into energy. This vitamin also helps stabilize blood sugar levels in the blood and is needed for a strong immune system.