Southern Fried Okra

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Jessica K

This is another recipe I grew up with. This is passed down from word of mouth, no one has ever written it down before! Fresh, fried okra is soo simple to fix and soo good!

Top Review by flowerqueen

Fantastic, and the only way to fix it! We love ours with a pot of pinto beans and ham hocks, and of course, crusty cornbread, slathered with fresh butter.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 453.59 g fresh okra, cut into pieces (don't use the top of the stem but the bottom is wonderful to eat)
  • 473.18-709.77 ml cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 473.18 ml buttermilk (regular or lowfat milk is fine, too)
  • salt and pepper
  • oil


  1. In a big bowl beat egg with a fork, pour milk in and combine. Pour the cornmeal in another big bowl.
  2. Pour enough oil in a big skillet, halfway up, or you can use a deep fryer. Set heat to Medium-high.
  3. Put some okra pieces in milk mixture and then coat in cornmeal batter. Fry in skillet 10-15 min, occasionally turning/stirring them around. They are done when crispy and golden brown but not black!
  4. Drain on paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (i don't use pepper but some people prefer it).
  5. Repeat with rest of okra till all gone. Enjoy!

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