Fresh okra fried to crispy golden perfection. A fast and easy appetizer or side dish that is perfect for any party. Every addictive bite transports you right to the South!
- 2 cups okra, sliced into rounds 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (your preference)
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- peanut oil for frying
- Whisk the egg and buttermilk together in a medium sized bowl.
- Add the sliced okra and stir to thoroughly coat.
- Add the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and cayenne to the okra and toss to combine.
- Heat peanut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium to medium high heat until oil temperature reaches 350 degrees. Oil should be about 1/2 inch deep in the pan.
- Add the okra to the hot oil in batches. Break it up with steel tongs as you add it to keep it all from clumping together.
- Cook it for a few minutes per side until golden brown. When flipping, grab as many pieces as you can at one time using tongs.
- Once golden in color, remove the okra to a cooling rack for a few minutes until cool enough to handle, then enjoy!
- This okra will be best served hot and fresh. Dig in as soon as it is cool enough to handle!
- Always make sure to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen when you are frying with hot oil. Not to scare you, just to be cautious!
- Category: Sides
- Method: Fried
- Cuisine: Southern
Keywords: fried okra, southern, crispy, fried, appetizer, side dish