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white bowl with black rim filled with golden crispy southern fried okra sitting on top of glass tabletop

Crispy Southern Fried Okra

  • Author: Katelyn
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


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


  1. Whisk the egg and buttermilk together in a medium sized bowl. 
  2. Add the sliced okra and stir to thoroughly coat.
    steel mixing bowl filled with sliced okra covered with egg and buttermilk mixture with spoon in bowl
  3. Add the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and cayenne to the okra and toss to combine. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
    Cast iron skillet filled with hot peanut oil frying golden crispy southern fried okra
  6. 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. 
  7. 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!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: fried okra, southern, crispy, fried, appetizer, side dish

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