Southern Fried Okra is a southern classic! Fried until golden brown, crunchy and super addicting! Great for dipping! This recipe is tried and true and will not disappoint!
I love picking up a pound of fresh okra from my local supermarket! When you choose your okra, it should feel firm but not hard to the touch. Try to look for bright green pods with little to no blemishes. A little brown is fine but remember, the greener the fresher!
It’s not a hugely popular fruit that many people buy up here where I live now, so not all shops stock it fresh, but I have found it numerous times depending on the market I go to. The buttermilk in the recipe helps keep the batter on and the garlic & seasonings give it an amazing flavor.
Are you a fan of okra? I would assume you are since you’re visiting the recipe today! If you dont usually like okra, you need to try it deep fried, seriously.
It makes a delicious side dish for numerous different meals!
Fried Okra not only is delicious but its high in fiber, low in calories and high in several antioxidants as well! Most notably, it contains polyphenols that may contribute to your heart and brain health. Frying it gives you all the flavor with all of its benefits!
What does Okra taste like?
Okra is a huge favorite that is loved by many people. it has a mild flavor and is sometimes compared to the taste of but its unique in taste to me- its crunchy if you cook is fast and soft and tender when slow cooked!
What is Okra?
Okra is a fruit! I know, you probably thought it was a vegetable- most people think it is so its often mistaken for one! ot can be cooked in so many different ways! frying (my fav) , grilling, sautéeing, and even roasting it.
Where can I buy Okra?
Supermarkets almost always sell fresh okra, usually by the pound in the warmer summer months when its in season, but also sell it in ‘off season’ for a bit of a higher price because its imported.
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Southern Fried Okra
- 1 pound of fresh okra (frozen okra patted dry will work too)
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons of hot sauce
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups of yellow cornmeal
- 2 cups of self rising flour
- 1- 1 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Tony's)
- oil for frying
- Preheat the frying oil to 375 F (either on the stovetop or in a fryer).
- Cut the okra into 1/2 inch slices, set aside. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, hot sauce, garlic powder and egg. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal with the flour and Cajun seasoning.
- Dip the okra into the buttermilk, let excess buttermilk drip off and then dredge in the flour mixture. Fry in batches for 3 or 4 minutes, or just until golden brown. Remove from the oil onto a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with additional salt or Cajun seasoning to taste. Serve hot.
We like to dip ours in mayo mixed with Zatarain's concentrated liquid shrimp & crab boil to taste (adding a little bit at a time it's strong).