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Southern Fried Okra is crispy and delicious. Made with fresh okra, battered in buttermilk and a seasoned flour and cornmeal mixture. A tasty side dish to add to any dinner.
We grow okra in our garden every year and crispy fried okra is our favorite okra recipe. It is so easy to make at home!
Okra grows best in the scorching summer heat. The smaller pods are the most tender, so pick them early. The larger pods tend to get tough.
If you are purchasing okra from the farmers market or grocery store, look for smaller, bright green pods with no black spots. The black spots indicate the okra is no longer fresh.
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- Wash and remove okra tops and slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Set up a dredging station by adding buttermilk to a shallow dish and flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper to another dish.
- Toss sliced okra in buttermilk and then into cornmeal and flour mixture.
- Place on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet.
- Fry okra in batches, not over crowding the pan.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.
Tips for Deep Frying Okra:
- Use a heavy bottom pot or cast iron skillet. It will help keep your oil at an even temperature.
- Heat oil to 350° before adding your okra.
- Use a strainer or slotted spoon to stir okra to keep it separated to get the crispiest pieces.
- Drain okra on a wire rack lined with paper towels in a single layer.
- Sprinkle with a little kosher salt right when you remove the okra from the oil.
My kids love dipping fried okra in ketchup or ranch dressing. I like it plain but I have to admit dipping it in ranch is pretty tasty.
More Fried Recipes to Try:
Fried Squash is another favorite with our garden produce. My kids are crazy about this easy side dish.
Fried Pickles are the ultimate game day appetizer. Serve them up with ranch dressing for a crowd pleasing snack.
Southern Fried Shrimp is one of our favorites. Buttermilk and seasoned flour makes them crispy and delicious.
Chicken Fried Steak Bites are a hit for dinner any night of the week. Served up with country gravy, this is one of those meals that your family will be begging for.
Easy Popcorn Chicken is a great snack or easy dinner for busy weeknights. So much tastier than the drive thru and easy to make at home.
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- 1 pound fresh okra
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Wash and trim ends of okra and slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Place buttermilk in a shallow dish.
- Mix flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper together in another dish.
- Dip okra slices in buttermilk and then through flour mixture, coating all sides.
- Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Heat oil in a heavy skillet or pan to 350°.
- Fry okra in batches for about 3- 4 minutes, stirring to keep them separated.
- Remove to a paper towel lined wire rack to drain.
- Season with additional salt if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 663mg Carbohydrates: 56g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g