Fried Okra

Do you love okra? Or are you one of those who cringes at the mere word? Go ahead and click away if you are in the second category, I’ll see you Monday. As for my okra lovers, read on. Basic fried okra is pretty much the same. The only thing that really changes are the type of seasonings you use. I have done fried okra with both an egg wash and a buttermilk dip. I prefer the buttermilk with okra, it adds more flavor. I also use to do a kind of okra hash. In this method, you add oil to a preheated iron skillet, add the sliced okra, and then add a little course yellow corn meal and oil at a time, until the slime is gone, and the cornmeal has started to brown. This method was the way my mom always did it, but I like my method better, because the okra is cooked less, and still retains it’s vibrant color an crunch. My mother-in-law does it the same way too. I’ve never seen an actual recipe for it, I’ll have to share it one day. I like to preheat my oil over high heat, until it makes lots of bubbles on the end of a wooden spoon. I then fry it quickly, 2 – 3 minutes, just until it is light golden brown, and drain it on a kitchen towel, or paper towels.

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Fried Okra Recipe

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2 lbs. Fresh Okra, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
vegetable oil for frying


Slice the okra and add to a large bowl. Pour in buttermilk and mix well until okra is covered well. Preheat oil to 350 degrees. I place my cast iron skillet on high, as if I were doing french fries, and wait for the oil to start rolling. In a separate bowl, combine spices, salt, flour and cornmeal. Mix well. Then pour flour mixture over cornmeal and toss to coat.

You will have to fry in batches. Place enough okra in the hot oil so that it creates a single layer. Fry until golden brown. This will take 2-3 minutes. Okra should be vibrant green, where you can see it, under the breading. Drain on paper towels.

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  25 Responses to “Fried Okra”

  1. Michelle — September 10, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    I’ve actually never even had okra, though I keep saying I want to try it. I bet I could even get my husband on board if I fried it. : )

  2. Drick — September 10, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    I like my okra fried as you, and yep, the buttermilk brings it home – I saw a recipe for fried okra in a old southern cookbook using your mom’s version and it didn’t make much sense throwing everything in the hot oil, now that I know it’s a hash, I get it…….

  3. averagebetty — September 10, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    I’ve only had fried okra once and didn’t see what the horror was all about! You could deep fry a block of wood and it would taste good. I am going to try to fry my own okra – you’ve inspired me!

  4. Monet — September 10, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    Growing up, we would visit my grandma’s house and she would often greet us with a plate of freshly fried okra. Since those days of my childhood, I have always had a fond place for the vegetable in my heart. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe for fried okra. I know what I will be making this weekend…in honor of my grandma.

  5. Jason's BBQ Adventures — September 10, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    Wonderful recipe. I love a good fried okra!

  6. Cajun Chef Ryan — September 10, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    I like smothered okra over fried, or with tomatoes.

  7. averagebetty — September 10, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    RT @EclecticRecipes Fried Okra

  8. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 10, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    You changed your header, yes? It looks great as does this recipe. I have not had much experience with okra, but your fried version looks light and crispy.

  9. Foodierama — September 11, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Fried Okra #foodie

  10. Dimitris — September 11, 2010 @ 7:52 pm
  11. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 11, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    You *know* I love okra. Every way you make it – fried, stewed with tomatoes, boiled with field peas. You name it, I love it! I do my fried okra a little differently but I know yours is delicious, too!

  12. Mags — September 12, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    I get such a kick out of food that people either love or hate…. no middle of the roaders allowed. (I’m that way about cilantro, for the record)

    I’m fairly new to the okra scene, but what I’ve used it in so far, I’ve enjoyed… so I think it’s a keeper. Great recipe!

  13. grace — September 13, 2010 @ 2:22 am

    people who think of okra as slimy and only good for gumbo REALLY need to try it fried–it’s simply marvelous.

  14. Amanda Green Bottoms — September 13, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    @EclecticRecipes Seriously craving some of this right now! Looks delicious! 🙂

  15. Tickled Red — September 13, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    I LOVE okra!! I used to sneak it from the cutting board when mom was making fried okra and eat it raw. Okay I still do 🙂 Ummmmm…okra.

  16. Harriet — September 15, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    I haven’t tried okra before but I can imagine I’d quite like it, especially if it was deep fried! Your recipies are always so exacting in the instructions, thanks for sharing, I’m going to try this at some point.

  17. BusyMOM @ Easy Appetizers — September 16, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

    Wow. Part of my growing up was in Georgia where fried okra was served a lot. And I grew up loving it – when it was cooked correctly. I have not had it since then and this recipe just brings back so many great memories. I’m going to bookmark it and make my old childhood favorite. Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. RavieNomNoms — September 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    I have always wanted to try Okra and never have! This looks like the recipe I should use to try it!

  19. Alison — September 17, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    I need to try this recipe immediately!

  20. redkathy — September 18, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Hi Angie, This fried okra looks fabulous. I have grown to love the stuff living down here for so long. I made whole okra and tomatoes just the other night. Haven’t been able to perfect the fried as of yet. Will be giving this a try for sure. Sorry for the lack of comments lately, life hasn’t allowed time. Thankfully we have readers otherwise I would have been missing out on the great posts too! Hope all is well with you and the family. Have a great weekend 🙂

  21. Kristina @ My Life as a Mrs — September 18, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    YUM i LOVE fried okra! this version looks delish! 🙂

  22. Amy Jo — October 8, 2010 @ 1:45 am

    I love Okra!!! I like your blog, too. I made this dish the other day and it turned out quite well. Would you mind if I post how mine turned out on my blog? I will give you credit and put a link back to you blog. Let me know if it is not ok and I will take it down.


    Amy Jo of

    • Angie — October 8, 2010 @ 8:05 am

      Of course Amy! Thanks so much for your compliments!



  23. Clinton — May 4, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    This looks amazing – I think it’s something I’d like to try!

  24. OlsenCarol18 — April 15, 2012 @ 2:26 am

    Some time ago, I needed to buy a good house for my firm but I did not have enough money and could not purchase something. Thank heaven my colleague proposed to try to take the home loans from banks. So, I did that and used to be satisfied with my student loan.

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