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How to Make Fried Okra

It’s easy to learn how to make fried okra. Fresh, sliced okra is dipped in a mixture of eggs, milk, and hot sauce, then dredged in cornmeal and fried to golden brown.

overhead shot of two black dishes filled with fried okra, a black and white napkin, metal strainer and whole okra to the side

Okra is a vegetable that’s not much thought about outside the south. It’s often used as a thickener in soups and gumbo, but my favorite way to eat it is dipped in egg, battered in cornmeal and fried to a crispy golden brown. It’s the ultimate Southern soul food.

fried okra ingredients include two whole eggs, hot sauce, milk, sliced okra, self-rising whit cornmeal and cooking oil

How to Make Fried Okra

Start by heating to inches of vegetable or canola oil in a large skillet. I like to use cast iron for frying. While the oil is heading, cut up your fresh okra into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Next, set up an assembly line. I like to mix two whole eggs, 2-3 dashes of hot sauce, and 1/3 cup of milk in one 8 x 8 casserole dish. Then 2-3 cups of cornmeal in another. Coat the sliced okra in the egg mixture. Then dredge it in the cornmeal. Working in batches, fry the coated okra in the hot oil until the cornmeal coating starts to turn golden brown, about 2-4 minutes.

Drain the fried cornmeal on paper towels. Season with salt. Repeat with the remaining okra. I like to serve my fried okra with a little comeback sauce for dipping.

Storage, Reheating and Freezing

Storage: Fried okra should be placed in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag within two hours. Store in the refrigerator and consume within four days.

Reheating: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place fried okra in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes until heated through.

Freezing: I do not recommend freezing this recipe. Okra becomes watery and the texture changes after freezing and thawing.

black dish of fried okra on a wooden background

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overhead shot of two black dishes filled with fried okra, a black and white napkin, metal strainer and whole okra to the side
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Fried Okra

It’s easy to learn how to make fried okra. Fresh, sliced okra is dipped in a mixture of eggs, milk, and hot sauce, then dredged in cornmeal and fried to golden brown.
Course Side dishes
Cuisine American
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 241kcal
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups sliced okra
  • 2-3 cups self-rising white cornmeal
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Combine combine eggs, hot sauce, and milk in a large bowl.
  • Pour cornmeal into a separate bowl.
  • Coat sliced okra in the egg mixture, then coat with cornmeal.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Add okra, frying in batches, until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes.
  • Drain on paper towels. Season with additional salt if desired.

Notes

Storage: Fried okra should be placed in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag within two hours. Store in the refrigerator and consume within four days.
Reheating: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place fried okra in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes until heated through.
Freezing: I do not recommend freezing this recipe. Okra becomes watery and the texture changes after freezing and thawing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 0.8g

5 Comments

  1. This looks INCREDIBLE! I love this southern series. I have Southern roots but I live in California (usually) and I don’t get a lot of this down home cooking. I’m definitely going to try some of these recipes!

  2. I absolutely loved the book “The Help”! You’re right! Every moment that I stole to read more was like being transported to Jackson in the heat of the civil rights movement. My favorite character was Celia Foote. I think I could identify with her naivety…which made the book all the more delicious!

    Speaking of delicious…nothin’ says “southern” like fried okra! Thanks for sharing!

  3. When a culture is so rich in food as southern culture is, you HAVE to celebrate it! I love fried okra but have never made it myself. Yours looks PERFECT.

  4. Fried okra is one of my favorite vegetables (if it even counts really). Yours looks delicious!

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