Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Homemade Southern Fried Okra Recipe

    Southern fried okra is a crunchy, delicious, addicting southern staple.  It is the perfect side dish to any meal. The recipe is simple and can be thrown together and on the table within 30 minutes.  The okra turns out crunchy on the outside and soft (not slimy) on the inside.  Perfection!



  • 1 lb. fresh okra pods (or 1 lb. frozen)
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1 c. fine, yellow cornmeal
  • ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • Canola oil, for frying (or any neutral oil of your choosing)

Rinse the okra pods under cool water and pat dry. Slice into about ½” thick pieces.  If using frozen okra, allow okra to thaw before using.  Place the buttermilk into a shallow bowl or baggie that has a good seal. In another shallow bowl, or baggie, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.  Then dip the okra into the buttermilk and then coat each one with the cornmeal mixture.  If using baggies just seal and shake.

Fill a deep skillet with 1” of oil and heat it to about 375 degrees.  Fry the okra a few pieces at a time for about 1 ½-2 minutes per side or until they are golden brown.  Drain onto a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle on some additional salt and pepper.  Repeat until all the okra is cooked.  Serve and enjoy.  So good and it’s hard to resist eating them as they come out of the skillet.

A serving is about ¾ of a cup and each serving has about 20 carbs.

Tastes great on their own or try dipping them in ranch dressing.  Yum.


Southern Fried Okra makes a great side dish to a meal of chicken fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, homemade biscuits and a glass of homemade peach iced tea.  


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