Wash okra; trim ends, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; stir well, and set aside.
Combine buttermilk and egg in a large bowl; stir in okra. Let stand 10 minutes.
Remove okra with a slotted spoon; discard remaining buttermilk mixture. Combine okra and cornmeal mixture, tossing to coat okra well. Place okra on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 40 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally.
This is probably about as good a method of oven-frying okra as there is, but I'm not convinced oven-frying okra will ever be very good. I thought these had nice texture. The taste was bland but could be perked up with spices or sauce. If it were me, I would probably experiment with it some more, but my husband and daughter didn't like it so I probably won't try it again.
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