Southern fried okra is a popular dish in the southern region of the United States. It is made by coating pieces of fresh okra in a seasoned cornmeal and flour mixture and then deep-frying them until they are crispy and golden brown.
To make southern fried okra, fresh okra is washed, trimmed, and sliced into bite-sized pieces. The okra is then coated in a mixture of cornmeal, flour, and a blend of spices such as salt, pepper, and paprika. The coated okra is then deep-fried in hot oil until it is crispy and golden brown.
Southern fried okra is often served as a side dish alongside other southern classics like fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread. It is also a popular snack or appetizer and can be served with a dipping sauce such as ranch dressing or spicy mayo.
Fried okra is a traditional southern dish that has been enjoyed for generations. It is a delicious way to enjoy the unique flavor and texture of okra, and the crispy coating adds an irresistible crunch.
PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes
- 1 lb. fresh okra, sliced into rounds
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (if using).
- Pour the buttermilk into a separate bowl.
- Dip each slice of okra into the buttermilk, then into the flour mixture, making sure to coat well.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. The oil should be about 1 inch deep.
- Fry the okra in batches until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
- Repeat with the remaining okra.
- Serve immediately while hot.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL TIPS:
- For a crispier texture, you can double coat the okra by dipping it first in the flour mixture, then in the buttermilk, and finally back into the flour mixture.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch or hot sauce.
- For a healthier version, you can also bake the okra in a 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until crispy and tender.