Fried Okra

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 6 cups oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
Directions

Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with oil.)

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, House Seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Dip okra in buttermilk and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well. Carefully add okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in batches.) Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and then serve immediately.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


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Five star fried okra recipe :) Reminds me of my mom's fried okra. I had to substitute 1 cup of milk mixed with 1 tbs of white vinegar for the buttermilk. I will definitely make this again with buttermilk as it is much thicker. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love fried okra, but this is the first time I made it. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was simple, I did not have buttermilk so I made sour milk with 1/2 cup of 1% milk and 1/2 Tbs of lemon juice, it worked out great. I also did not add the cayenne pepper since my wife can not handle "spicy" food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was just perfect. I didn't have the buttermilk, but I wet them with a little cold water and they turned out beautifully. I will definitely use this recipe again. Thanks Paula for a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love fried okra and I have to say this using this recipe of Paula's was the best fried okra I have ever eaten. Paula is the Best!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
UMMM can you say YUMMMYY!?! These were so crunchy and delicious! I added a little salt to the okra before tossing them with the flour mixture. My whole family devoured these in minutes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe. I substituted the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and made a butter milk substitute with 2% milk and lemon juice and it turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Paula is continuously amazing! Thank you!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love fried okra and always buy it frozen or get it at restaurants. A coworker gave me fresh okra from her garden and I tried this recipe. EASY AND DELICIOUS! The best! My 2-year old (who usually frowns and spits out fried okra ate two-hands full!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Garlic makes everything taste better. I like a batter recipe better. I also don't cut my okra; dip the entire pod into the batter and fry whole. Less mess and just as tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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