Southern Crispy Fried Okra

Southern Crispy Fried Okra is a quick, simple way to start your summer off right. A blend of corn meal and flour seasoned to perfection, coupled with egg, creates a batter for okra that makes a crunch you will not forget.

I have been hitting the jackpot lately while on my grocery store adventures. Too bad I don’t gamble, although I may need to start. I bet you this Southern Crispy Fried Okra and raise it with a nice cold one. Not how gambling works? Oh, well! I’m certain that bet will make someone jump once they see how yummy and simple this Southern Fried Okra really is to make.

Fresh okra for Southern Crispy Fried Okra

Okra is slimy and can be a total turn off. I used to not care too much for it, but when my dad fried fresh okra with fresh green tomatoes out of the garden, my eyes got big. And now, I don’t make a pot of gumbo without okra.

When choosing okra to cook, try to stay away from the larger pieces, they are usually hard, dry and not good for cooking. The smaller the pieces, the better, especially for this Southern Crispy Fried Okra. I tossed a thinly sliced onion in the batter with the okra as well. Not a requirement, but a good addition.

Southern Crispy Fried Okra Served in a Red Basket

Next time you’re in the store and hit the jackpot by finding a fabulous bunch of fresh okra, think about this recipe for Southern Crispy Fried Okra. I bet you will be a winner amongst anyone who gets to enjoy the batch. Cook a batch with my fried catfish and they too will feel like they hit the jackpot!

Enjoy!

Southern Crispy Fried Okra

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Okra
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Corn Meal
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs + 1 Tbsp Water
  • Canola Oil, for frying

Directions

  1. Rinse okra, then trim ends and stems. Cut okra in to 1/4 inch pieces, set aside. Note: frozen, non-battered, okra can be used for this recipe; however, fresh will always be the best.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, corn meal, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder together until well combined.

  3. In a separate medium bowl, beat eggs with water.

  4. Heat 1/4 cup of canola oil in a skillet, preferably iron, set to medium-high.

  5. While oil is heating, toss okra in the corn meal batter, then dip in the egg mixture and back in the corn meal batter.

  6.  Place coated okra on sheet pan and continue to coat remaining okra pieces. Toss a small pinch of batter in the oil to test if it’s ready.

  7. If ready, carefully place battered okra in the hot grease, taking care not to crowd the skillet. Cook in batches if necessary.

  8. Once okra is golden brown, about 3-4 minutes, using a slotted spoon, remove to a plate lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

 

Southern Crispy Fried Okra Served in a Red Basket

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Southern Crispy Fried Okra
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Southern Crispy Fried Okra is a quick, simple way to start your summer off right. A blend of corn meal and flour seasoned to perfection, coupled with egg, creates a batter for okra that makes a crunch you will not forget. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
Servings Prep Time
4-6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Southern Crispy Fried Okra
Print Recipe
Southern Crispy Fried Okra is a quick, simple way to start your summer off right. A blend of corn meal and flour seasoned to perfection, coupled with egg, creates a batter for okra that makes a crunch you will not forget. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
Servings Prep Time
4-6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Rinse okra, then trim ends and stems. Cut okra in to 1/4 inch pieces, set aside. Note: frozen, non-battered, okra can be used for this recipe; however, fresh will always be the best.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, corn meal, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder together until well combined.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, beat eggs with water.
  4. Heat 1/4 cup of canola oil in a skillet, preferably iron, set to medium-high.
  5. While oil is heating, toss okra in the corn meal batter, then dip in the egg mixture and back in the corn meal batter. While oil is heating, toss okra in the corn meal batter, then dip in the egg mixture and back in the corn meal batter.
  6. Place coated okra on sheet pan and continue to coat remaining okra pieces. Toss a small pinch of batter in the oil to test if it's ready.
  7. If ready, carefully place battered okra in the hot grease, taking care not to crowd the skillet. Cook in batches if necessary.
  8. Once okra is golden brown, about 3-4 minutes, using a slotted spoon, remove to a plate lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and serve.
Recipe Notes

Author: Dene' V. Alexander
© 2017 Biscuits & Savvy

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8 comments on “Southern Crispy Fried Okra

  1. This New England heritage girl is not a fan of okra … but I’ll say, your tips and suggestions for this recipe sure would make tackling an unfamiliar food much easier. Thanks for that!

  2. I moved to New Orleans a few years ago and whenever we get together with family or go out to a restaurant, we get fried okra. I think I’ll surprise the hubs and give this recipe a try!

  3. I am not fan of okra however when I first had it fried loved it thanks for sharing yoru secrets =)

  4. Living in the midwest, okra is not a popular veggie, nor easily found. I am determined to try some of these more uncommon foods this summer with my kids, and okra is now on the list. Thanks for the tips on how to select good ones, I had no idea! I will be on the look out at farmers markets this summer 🙂

  5. Obsessed with fried okra! I haven’t had it in a very long time, but I’m craving it right now. Looks delicious!

  6. I only like okra fried and this looks amazing! I love how crispy they turn out!

  7. Oh I’m a big fan of Okra!! I use to eat fried okra but now the waist line does not permit me but I am so going to try this. Love your tips . Thanks for sharing

  8. I’d totally eat that whole bowl !!! We love okra at our home and your recipe sounds delicious. Totally loving the tips and will be trying this soon.

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