Recipe courtesy of Jazz Smollett
Episode: Southern Shindig
Save Recipe Print
Fried Okra
Total:
55 min
Active:
50 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
55 min
Active:
50 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Special equipment: a 10-inch bamboo steamer; a deep-fry thermometer

Add the tomato paste, garlic, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 5 ounces of water to a medium saucepan. Stir to combine. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until fragrant and just starting to boil, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Combine the cornmeal, flour, dried basil, garlic powder, dried mustard, cayenne pepper and dried thyme in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

Add 2 cups water to a medium pot over medium-high heat. Place a 10-inch bamboo steamer over the pot. Working in batches, add the okra, cover and steam until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.

Pour enough vegetable oil into a medium, heavy-bottomed pot to reach 3 inches deep. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil reaches a temperature of 365 degrees F.

Dip each piece of okra into the tomato paste mixture and then roll in the cornmeal mixture. Working in batches, fry the okra until golden brown and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Season the fried okra with 1 teaspoon of salt. Place on a serving platter with lemon wedges if using.

My Private Notes

Add a Note
Get the Recipe

Ice Cream Social in a Bag

Get shaking with this unique way of making ice cream in five minutes.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Fried Okra

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson

Dry Fried Okra

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Wet Fried Okra

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Fried Shrimp and Okra

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Tempura Fried Okra

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Check Out Our

          Get a sneak-peek of the new Food Network recipe page and give us your feedback.

          See it Now!

          Latest Stories