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Perfect Fried Okra Recipe

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If you don't like okra, it's because you've never tried my fried okra recipe.  Perfectly crispy, never slimy, this fried okra will have you licking your fingers and begging for more!  Making your own buttermilk marinade by combining white vinegar with milk provides a lighter base than egg, and combining equal parts flour and cornmeal ensure the perfect crust that won't fall off during frying.  

Try it out today while okra is in its full glory - you won't be disappointed!

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk - add 1 tablespoon vinegar to a measuring cup, fill with milk to make 1/2 cup, let sit 5 minutes
  • 2 pounds okra, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • Oil for frying (I like peanut or vegetable oil)

Directions:
  1. In a cast iron skillet or deep pan, heat about 6 cups of oil to 350F (125C).
  2. Place cut okra in buttermilk to soak for a couple minutes while you assemble the coating.
  3. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, and seasonings.
  4. Transfer okra to coating mixture and toss well to coat.
  5. Fry okra in hot oil for about 5 minutes, stirring to fry evenly.  
  6. Remove to paper towels to drain.

Even after these have cooled quite a bit, they are still delicious. Serve with ketchup or hot sauce, or eat them up plain!

Enjoy! 



I absolutely LOVE fried okra! This looks exactly like the kind at Cracker Barrel (which is my personal fave!) Now just to talk my mom into a fried food night.....
brandon05w2 months ago
I'm going to try this!!
sib4210 months ago
I learned from a friend many years ago that anything you coat and fry, after coating should be placed in the refrigerator for a couple of hours ( if I am in a hurry I place in freezer for 20 min.) The coating sticks beautifully
jhvh.one10 months ago
i don't even like okra, but i got some from my farmer in this week's CSA box. HOLY HELL, this was good. i made the "buttermilk" with apple cider vinegar and seasoned the cornmeal/flour with an apple chipotle spice blend from my local spice shop: http://www.redstickspice.com/collections/blends-rubs-2/products/apple-chipotle-rub
for even better, and for those who don't know the ratio of flour to cormeal, use boxed "fish-fry", or seasoned boxed "fish-fry". I prefer seasoned version myself. being allergic to seafood, this is the only 1 of 2 reasons I buy fish fry, the other is awesome onion rings(using the seasoned kind).
rocklocker1 year ago
Fried Okra is great but for those woried about the extra calories and fat from frying, try grilling them. Rinse the Okra in a strainer and drain. Next toss in a bowl with some olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place on the grill and brown on all sides. Try different seasonings if you want and let me know how it turned out.
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Never in my life i tried okra. Bt bless you for such a fantastic recipe. Just a question 'what's corn meal?' itz nt available in pakistan. How ever corn is.
Cornmeal is ground dried corn. there are instructions online on how to make it your self!
Exactly how my Mom made her's and of course her's was the best. Thanks for the recipe it brings back fond memories. And I'm buying 2 pounds of okra today.
Jobar0072 years ago
Thanks... now I'm hungry!

Fried okra is really good. It is easily one of my favorite veggies. Alas, with my short growing season in Oregon, I can't grow it without some serious green/hot housing.
artfulann2 years ago
Looks great! Those who have never had fried okra have no idea how good this is! And even better if you grow your own okra- which is practically the easiest plant to grow.

I also like how you did your one LONG picture with the script captions. Nice!
It looks very delicious.
ljhhontx2 years ago
Your's is almost like my old family recipe except we use only cornmeal and just use the moisture from washing the okra and we fry it in Crisco in an electric frying pan. Your okra looks like it retains more batter, I'll have to try it. Also wanted to mention for those that say okra is slimy, I always use a steamer basket and steam it until you barely feel any resistance with a fork (not long maybe 5 to 7 mins turn it off and drain and pull out steamer and add butter and salt and lots of black pepper. It stays in whole pods and is not slimy at all. No better vegetable in my opinion than okra cooked any way.
always wanted to try this, hardly wait till its available here!
i've never eaten okra but this looks tasty :)
sunshiine2 years ago
I almost ate the screen it looked so real! Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine