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Fried Okra: the easy and quick Southern recipe

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist


okra, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces
10 pods
1 cup
Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup
egg, beaten
1/4 tsp
Ground black pepper
1/4 tsp

Fried okra is a quick and easy Southern recipe. Enjoy it as a summery side dish packed with fiber. These fried okra nuggets are super crispy and golden brown, enough to be known as southern popcorn just because they pop in your mouth. To make fried okra, simply soak the sliced okra pods in egg and coat with a mixture of cornmeal, salt, pepper, or your favorite seasoning mix. Then, pan fry okra until golden brown. Serve fried okra as you want together with your favorite main dish, such as braised brisket, BBQ ribs, or Southern fried chicken.

How to make Fried Okra


Wash sliced okra pods and pat it dry well.

In a bowl, soak okra in the beaten egg for up to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together cornmeal, salt and pepper in a separate bowl.

Add oil to large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.

Coat okra with cornmeal mixture, then pour into skillet.

Fry sliced okra pods for a few minutes until golden brown, stirring constantly, so they don't get too slimy.

Finally, lower heat and transfer okra to paper towels to drain. Serve warm and enjoy!


To make vegan fried okra, use a vegan substitute for egg.

If you want to use frozen okra, make sure it is completely thawed before frying.

You can also fry the whole okra pods if you're in a hurry.

For healthier fried okra, use an Air Fryer. Preheat air fryer to 400°F, transfer the coated okra batches in the basket and let cook for about 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking. Otherwise, you can bake them in preheated oven to 375°F for about 15 minutes.

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