Crispy Fried Okra With Cornmeal Coating

Crispy fried okra
Diana Rattray
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
231 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 231
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 226mg 75%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 12g
Calcium 127mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Crispy fried okra is such a treat. A little cayenne flavors the cornmeal coating in this fried okra recipe.

Even if you are not a fan of okra or the texture is off-putting, you just might like fried okra. When okra is deep-fried, the infamous slimy texture disappears. It goes well with any good Southern meal. Fry up some okra to go with your New Year's Day dinner or with a holiday meal. It will be an instant hit!


  • 1 pound fresh okra
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 to 6 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 200 F.

  2. Place a rack in a large baking pan and set aside.

  3. Wash the okra and drain thoroughly.

  4. Cut off the stem ends of the okra and then cut the pods crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds.

  5. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or deep heavy saucepan to 370 F  to 375 F.

  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce; add okra and stir to coat all pieces thoroughly.

  7. In a shallow dish, combine the cornmeal, salt, ​and cayenne pepper, if using.

  8. Dip okra pieces into the cornmeal mixture to coat well.

  9. When the oil comes to temperature, fry the okra in batches until golden brown, about 4 to 6 minutes for each batch.

  10. Drain the okra briefly on paper towels. Place the drained okra on a rack in the baking pan and put it in the preheated 200 F oven to keep warm while you cook subsequent batches.

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