Perfect Fried Okra Recipe





Introduction: Perfect Fried Okra Recipe

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!

  • 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)

  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!




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23 Discussions

In Africa we love our Okra slimy

I love okra already but this recipe is the best.

I had blanched and frozen okra, slowly defrosted and dried.

I had no buttermilk so went with the quick recipe.

It was fantastic and we finished the rest as snacks (cold) with lunch.


2 years ago

I luv, luv fried okra, especially this recipe

BUT....I usually fry the okra with no coating. It's healthier for me. I've been cooking it this way for years.

Going to have to give this a try. Thanks

As a true Southern bout boy, I've had my share of fried okra, some amazing, some challenging. This is a delightful recipe, though, true South thru and thru. A healthier bend on it is to soak in buttermilk, the real thing, dredge in seasoned corn meal as dear Scoochmaroo has outlined, but fry in a small amount of coconut oil till toasty and delightful. Wonder what to do with all that leftover buttermilk? Cornbread plus buttermilk, eat with a spoon... omg, my childhood. :)

This is my new favorite fried okra recipe! It was delicious!!

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.....

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

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:

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).

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!

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.