Fried Okra

Fried Okra

Fried okra is a delicious and popular dish in Southern cuisine that features fresh okra slices coated in a crispy, golden-brown cornmeal batter. This beloved comfort food can be enjoyed as a side dish or even as a snack. In this article, we'll explore the history, nutritional value, and preparation methods of fried okra. And it's easy to make!



  • 1-2 lbs. fresh okra
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup canola oil


  1. Wash okra and pat dry, then slice into 1/2-inch pieces, discarding the tops.
  2. Mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. Optional: Dip okra in buttermilk then place in strainer before dredging in cornmeal mixture. (This is if you want a thicker batter.)
  4. Dredge okra in cornmeal and shake off excess.
  5. Melt 1 tablespoon butter and about 4 tablespoons oil in skillet on medium-high. When the oil is hot, add some of the okra and cook on one side until nicely browned, then flip to the other side. Don’t crowd the pan!
  6. Turn the heat down a little and continue cooking and stirring around a little until okra is nicely browned on all sides. Watch it because it will brown quickly!
  7. Repeat until all the okra is fried. Add oil and butter as needed.
  8. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.


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