Fried Okra Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 52 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 2 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/4 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons Essence or other Creole seasoning, divided, recipe follows

1 cup solid vegetable shortening or oil, for frying

1 egg

1 tablespoon hot sauce

4 cups frisee

16 okra pods, washed and cut into bite-sized rounds


1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup sliced smoked mozzarella

1/4 cup yellow cornmeal

Warm Andouille Dressing, recipe follows

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried thyme

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

Warm Andouille Dressing:

4 ounces finely chopped andouille sausage

1 tablespoon minced shallots

1 tablespoon minced garlic

3/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 turns freshly ground black pepper


  1. Beat together the buttermilk, egg and hot sauce in a small bowl. Add the okra and turn to coat evenly. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, and 1 teaspoon of Essence.
  3. Dredge the okra in the flour mixture and heat the shortening in a skillet, if using, otherwise heat oil in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven to 360 degrees F. When it is hot, place the okra in the oil and fry, turning once, for about 2 minutes, or until lightly golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the okra with the remaining 1 teaspoon of Essence. Divide the frisee among 4 salad plates, season with salt and pepper, to taste, top each with okra, smoked mozzarella and drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Yield: 2/3 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch
  3. Published by William Morrow, 1993.

Warm Andouille Dressing:

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  1. Heat a medium dry skillet over high heat. Add the andouille and saute for 1 1/2 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the oil and vinegar, cook for 1 minute, and remove from the heat. Stir in the sugar, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any remaining dressing.