Fried Okra

"Being from Minnesota, I never had okra growing up, but after I moved south to Missouri, I found that I really loved it fried, even if it's kind of messy!"
photo by riffraff photo by riffraff
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins


  • 1 lb okra pods, stem ends cut off,sliced 1/4" thick
  • salt
  • cold water
  • cornmeal
  • salt and pepper
  • oil


  • Put sliced okra in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with salt, liberally.
  • Cover with very cold water.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Drain, rinse, drain again.
  • Roll slices in seasoned cornmeal until well coated.
  • Fry in hot oil about 1/2" deep until browned and crisp.
  • Drain on paper towels, serve hot.

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  1. G L.4433
    Born in OKC & now live in AZ. I grow okra easily in in AZ. Hubby and I pick about 100 pods, cut just as this recipes says only I put it directly into a clear plastic bag. Next I dice some sweet onion and place with the cut okra in the bag. I then add corn meal (Quaker Brand) and shake to coat evenly,, Add okra to hot Crisco shorting and cook over med to med-lo heat for apx 45 minutes so that okra is crispy (stir often). Transfer to paper towel to drain and salt to taste. Currently I have 3 rows of okra growing (60 plants). I get on average 60 (40 to 100) pods a day. I have 1 mutant purple okra plant that came from the same seed pod that the rest of the plants came from. Taste is the same as the others.
  2. Taije Saline
    I didn't have the time to use the water method, but the cornmeal works great! Also added some Cajun spices to the cornmeal and salt. Mmmm...Southern @ it's best!
  3. sunshinestarr
    Thanks for this recipe! We didn't have cornmeal so I had to use flour. Really delicious.
  4. riffraff
    Didn't bother covering the okra with water. Just sliced, seasoned, rolled in cornmeal and fried. Delicious and crunchy.


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