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Crunchy Fried Okra Recipe🍴

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I love okra raw, fried, stewed with tomatoes, in curry or in gumbo but will not eat boil okra. Lets just say slime is not for me, enough said. Growing up in South East Arkansas I was able to eat a lot of fired okra. Whats not to like about something fried until golden brown, crunchy and delicious. It is a very simple dish to cook but is best with fresh okra.

Today at the farmers market they had fresh cut okra, so todays recipe is fried okra.

First we need one pound of fresh okra. You want them about the size of your finger. If you use ones bigger than that you risk them being tough. When I worked in Pakistan they called okra ladies fingers.

Farmers Market Okra

Of course they need to be washed. After washing and drying it is time to cut them. First I cut off the stem end (throw that away), then cut them into half inch rounds. They can be a bit bigger or smaller thats not a problem.

The round get added to a bowl, to that we need to add two Tablespoons of milk. This can be any kind of milk that you like. If you use a plant based milk then then recipe will be vegan but coconut milk might taste a bit odd in this recipe.

Add milk to the okra

After adding the milk give the okra a good mix. This will allow lots of corn meal to stick to the okra. For this I use 1/4 cup of stone ground corn meal. It gives extra crunch, if that is to much for you use regular corn meal. Or a mix of flour and corn meal. We will also add our seasonings at this time. Today I am going simple, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic. Then give it a good mix and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help keep it from falling off the okra.

Okra with Corn Meal
Okra with Corn Meal

In a wide bottom pan heat up 1/2 cup of neutral flavored oil (I used vegetable oil). And add the okra.

Add Okra to Pan
Add Okra to Pan

One note the picture above is for explanation only. Pour food into hot oil away from you.

Spread the okra out and cook on medium high heat. Cook a little then turn over, continue to do this while cooking. This will ensure even cooking. Cook until you get lots of nice brown color.

Fried Okra Recipe

One thing that I do after the okra is cooked is I prop the pan up on one side to drain the leftover oil. This is not a healthy dish but I do drain off as much of the oil as possible.

Notice the spoon rest under the pan.

Other recipes that you might like:

Smothered Okra and Tomatoes

Roasted sheet pan okra

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Okra Recipe

Fried Okra

Okra with a corn meal batter fried until golden brown, crunchy and delicious
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Gout Friendly, Vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 304kcal
Author: James Strange


  • 1 pound okra Fresh
  • 2 Tablspoons milk
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 cup oil


  • Was the okra, cut into 1/2 inch rounds.
  • Season okra with milk, corn meal, salt, black pepper and garlic. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
    Okra with Corn Meal
  • Cook on medium high heat. Stirring every few minutes until golden brown with crunchy bits.
    Fried Okra Recipe



Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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