Fried Okra

It's still a bit early for home grown okra, but you this is a fantastic recipe to have :) I've included the traditional directions for pan frying and the directions for deep frying. I prefer deep frying b/c it's a little bit less labor intensive. It also frees me up to do something else while the okra is frying. Hope you enjoy!


  • okra, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 pint buttermilk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • peanut oil


In a small bowl, soak okra in egg and buttermilk mixture for 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Preheat oil to 350°F. Dredge okra in the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly. Carefully place okra in hot oil; stir continuously. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Tip: An easier way to cook this is in a deep fryer. Heat oil to 350°F. Coat the okra in the cornmeal mixture. Put okra in fryer and cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

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