Fried Okra

Fried OkraFried okra is an incredibly popular dish in the southern states. Many people have a love/hate association with this particular vegetable due to its unusual texture. To encourage everyone to give this pod a try why not add some breading and fry it up for a crispy snack? Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh okra, sliced into 1″ sections (can use frozen)
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. cornmeal
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt & pepper or your favorite seasoning mix (we used a cajun spice mix)
  • Hot sauce

Directions

Heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Pour flour and cornmeal each onto two different plates. Add desired amount of seasoning mix or salt and pepper to the flour. Be generous, you are trying to flavor both the okra and the flour! Beat eggs in a pie plate, add a few dashes of hot sauce.

Roll okra pieces in flour mixture. Shaking off excess flour, roll the flour-covered okra in the egg mixture. Again shaking off excess, dredge okra pieces in cornmeal.

Test the oil temperature with one pieces, if the okra sinks but pops right back up to the surface it is ready to go. Add okra to the oil. Stir and turn occasionally in order to brown all sides. Using a slotted spoon, transfer okra to a baking sheet with a rack to drain. A paper towel lined plate will work too.

Serve with hot sauce for dipping!

*Note – The fresh okra gives this snack a very crunchy texture. If you prefer the okra to be on the mushier side frozen would be best for you!*