Fried Okra

Fried Okra

Fried Okra is a dish popular in the American South made with okra dipped in buttermilk, coated with corn meal and or flour then deep fried then served with different sauces like ranch. It a nice side dish, appetizer or even a beer match to have, its diminutive size and pleasant but mild flavour is quite addictive.

The first time I saw this I was quite intrigued and never knew whether this concept will work or not, having lived all through my life with okras used on stew this was quite new to me. So after sourcing my ingredients and preparing them I was surprised on the results, it’s one of those things that was weird but it just works. How about you, did you find this dish weird? Will you ever try making one of this?

Fried Okra
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  • 500 g fresh okra, sliced ½-inch thick pieces
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ⅓ tsp onion powder
  • ⅓ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • salt
  • oil, for deep frying
  1. In a container that you can cover combine together flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl combine okra and buttermilk together.
  3. Prepare a deep fryer and heat oil to 180C.
  4. Piece by piece place the dipped okra into the flour mixture, do not over crowd. Cover the container then shake to coat okra pieces.
  5. Gently place the coated okra into the deep fryer and cook until golden brown in colour. Remove from oil then drain. Serve while hot.


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9 Responses

  1. Love fried okra! Such a nice way to prepare it, don’t you think? Can never resist have second servings either — this stuff is seriously good. Thanks!

  2. I do not think I have ever had deep fried okra before, only stir fried. Now this is one way to get your kids to eat their vegetables.

  3. kristy says:

    I’ve only had this once in my life and it was quite good. Not sure why we’ve never done it at home. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Beatrice says:

    never had fried okra but I bet it is really yummy! 🙂

  5. Okra is one of my favorite vegetables. In the States we love to use it in gumbo/ These look crispy yet light.

  6. Same here, I’ve only eaten okra in stews or stir-fries. Deep-frying them is so new to me but I’m sure it works because deep-fried food are usually delicious! 😉

  7. Joanne says:

    If you can’t find fresh, you could buy frozen. Fried okra is one of my mother’s favorite things. Fresh isn’t always available in our area. I season the milk and corn meal and sprinkle with seasoned salt as soon as it comes out.

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