Southern Fried Okra
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Crispy, Quick Southern Fried Okra.
  • 1 lb okra (fresh, whole, local)
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • ⅓ plus ⅓ cup flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic pwd)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ground
  • pinch cumin
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • oil, for frying
  • salt and pepper, to finish
  1. Rinse okra in cold water well. Drain and pat dry completely.
  2. Trim tops of vegetables off.
  3. Heat about ½ inch oil in deep skillet to 350 F.
  4. First bowl, add ⅓ cup flour with a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. In another bowl, place buttermilk.
  6. In a third bowl, combine all remaining dry ingredients well.
  7. Toss okra in first simple flour bowl and toss well.
  8. In small batches, place a handful of okra in buttermilk. Cover well.
  9. Transfer to bowl of dry mix and dredge well. Press this seasoned flour/cornmeal mix into okra.
  10. Remove to rest on a pan for 5-10 minutes. This will help form that beautiful crust.
  11. Fry until golden brown.
  12. Remove to drain on paper towels.
  13. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  14. Serve warm and enjoy!
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Serving size: Serves 2-3
Recipe by Southern FATTY at