Close up overhead shot of crispy fried okra in a blue and white serving dish
Fried Okra
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Dredged in cornmeal and fried on the stovetop until golden brown, this crispy Fried Okra recipe is an easy and delicious way to enjoy fresh produce this season!

Course: Side
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: crispy fried okra, fried okra, okra recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 206 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. fresh okra
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. Cut the tips and stems off of the okra, and slice okra into ½-inch long pieces. Place cut okra in a large bowl.
  2. Pour milk over okra and let stand for at least 10 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and Creole seasoning.
  4. Drain milk from the bowl of okra. Place small batches of okra into the cornmeal mixture, tossing to coat.
  5. Pour oil into a large cast iron skillet or Dutch oven to about 1 inch deep. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Place breaded okra into the hot oil, working in small batches so that you don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry the okra until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove okra from the oil; place on paper towels to drain. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste, while the okra is still warm.
Recipe Notes

It's practically impossible to calculate the exact nutrition information for this recipe, since the nutrition facts will vary greatly depending on how much oil your okra absorbs and how much breading actually sticks to each bite of okra. The nutrition facts provided are just an estimate.

 

Nutrition Facts
Fried Okra
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the recipe)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 888mg39%
Potassium 487mg14%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 835IU17%
Vitamin C 26.1mg32%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.