This Crispy Southern Fried Okra Recipe Is Dang Good (and Easy) by 30Seconds Food

This Crispy Southern Fried Okra Recipe Is Dang Good (and Easy)

Like fried green tomatoes, fried okra is a southern staple. This crispy fried okra recipe is easy to make and can be served instead of french fries or mashed potatoes as a side dish, or as a fun appetizer with remoulade sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

The okra is trimmed and cut into rounds before soaking in beaten eggs. Cornmeal and flour is combined in a bag or bowl (it's easier to do in a brown bag) and seasoned with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper (if you want some heat). Put the okra into the bag and shake until it's completely coated in the seasoned cornmeal. Put the breaded okra into hot oil in a skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel, and don't forget to immediately season with a little sea salt. Delicious! 

Okra is healthy, too! Okra is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B6. Okra may reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Not bad for this little seed pod. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound fresh okra, stems trimmed and cut into rounds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Put the cut okra into the eggs and set aside.
  2. Combine the cornmeal and flour in a bag or large bowl. Season with cayenne pepper, to taste, and salt and pepper. 
  3. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a frying pan to 375 degrees F. 
  4. When the oil is hot, remove the okra from the egg with a slotted spoon. Shake off the excess egg then put into the cornmeal mixture. Shake or dredge the okra then put into the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan.
  5. Fry the okra until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove to paper towels and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Repeat with remaining okra.

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
I have never tried okra. I will be changing that soon. Thanks for the easy recipe!
Melissa Vickers
Reminds me of when we moved from TN to CT when I was a kid. My mom had the hardest time finding any okra to fix like this--people grew it for flower arrangements and let the pods get HUGE and impenetrable. I think she found a "Soul Food" store in New Haven that sold the young, tender pods she was looking for!

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