Southern Fried Okra

August 5, 2022

Southern Fried Okra is a southern classic. Fresh or frozen okra, breaded in flour and cornmeal, then fried until its golden brown and crispy.

Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra is a southern classic. If you grew up in the southern united states then you know fried okra, fried squash, and fried green tomatoes are all summertime favorites during the summer month.

I prefer fresh okra, when cooking fried okra, but it’s not always available. If you don’t have fresh okra, you can use frozen okra and it will work just as good. Plus, when using frozen okra alot of the work is already done for you, being that it’s been washed, trimmed and cut already.

Equipment:

Ingredients:

Southern Fried Okra

Instructions:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a pot or skillet over high heat.
  2. Trim the steams and thin tips from the okra pods. Cut the okra crosswise into ½-inch pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, light beats the eggs and add buttermilk. 
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and pepper. 
  5. Add okra first to the milk mixture, making sure to coat the okra completely.
  6. Next, dip okra into the flour mixture, coating completely. 
  7. Carefully add the okra to the hot oil.  Reduce heat to medium high.  Fry okra for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. 
  8. Carefully remove from pot and place on a paper towel to drain excessive oil. 

Nutrition Facts

Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories526
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55.9g72%
Cholesterol 46.5mg16%
Sodium 316.4mg14%
Total Carbohydrate 8.7g3%
Sugars 1.7g
Protein 3.8g8%
Vitamin A7%Vitamin C29%

Serving Fried Okra

I often serve Fried Okra as a side dish; it also makes a great appetizer. Ranch dressing is often served as a dipping sauce for fried okra.

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SOUTHERN FRIED SQUASH RECIPEa classic Southern dish consisting of squash, coated in flour and cornmeal, then fried until they are crispy golden brown.

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES RECIPE a classic Southern dish consisting of green unrip tomatoes, coated, then fried until they are crispy golden brown. They are a southern favorite during tomato season!

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Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra is a southern classic. Fresh or frozen okra, breaded in flour and cornmeal, then fried until its golden brown and crispy.

  • Author: Erica Ott
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Side Dish
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale

1 pound okra (about 15 pods) washed and sliced or 4 cups frozen okra (thawed)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow corn meal

½ cup buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 cup vegetable oil (This will depend on size of pot or skillet)

Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a pot or skillet over high heat.
  2. Trim the steams and thin tips from the okra pods. Cut the okra crosswise into ½-inch pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, light beats the eggs and add buttermilk. 
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and pepper. 
  5. Add okra first to the milk mixture, making sure to coat the okra completely.
  6. Next, dip okra into the flour mixture, coating completely. 
  7. In batches, carefully add the okra to the hot oil.  Reduce heat to medium high.  Fry okra for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. 
  8. Carefully remove from pot and place on a paper towel to drain excessive oil. 

Notes

The amount of oil needed will depend on the size of your pot or skillet.  You will 3 inches of oil in your pan. 

Keywords: Okra, Fried Okra, Breaded Okra,

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