Fried Okra with Cornmeal Coating

Fried Okra
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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings

For a spicier coating, I like to jazz up the seasoned flour with a dash of cayenne and a little Cajun or Creole seasoning.


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh okra pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying (or shortening, part bacon drippings if possible)

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash okra; cut off tips and stem ends. Cut pods into 1/4-inch slices.

  2. Sprinkle the sliced okra with salt and pepper.

  3. Combine the cornmeal and flour in a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate; roll the sliced okra in the mixture.

  4. Heat about 4 to 5 tablespoons of oil or shortening in a deep skillet or sauté pan.

  5. Sauté the okra in the hot fat until golden brown.