Southern Fried Okra

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Cuisine: Southern, American
Recipe Info

This fried okra recipe is fresh sliced okra coated in buttermilk and a seasoned cornmeal mixture, then deep fried to golden brown perfection. A classic side dish or appetizer option that’s easy to make and totally delicious!

1 pound fresh okra pods
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 teaspoons salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 cups Cooking oil (about 1/2 inch deep in your pan)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, optional

Heat the oil in a skillet to 375 degrees F.
Remove the stem ends of the okra. Slice each okra pod into 3/4 to 1 inch thick pieces.
Place the okra slices in a bowl along with the buttermilk; toss to coat evenly.
Place the flour, cornmeal, salt, paprika, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Stir to combine.
Dredge each piece of okra in the flour mixture, making sure it’s coated evenly. Repeat the process with the remaining okra pieces.
Fry enough pieces of okra at a time, to cover the bottom of the skillet, but allow for turning, for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired, then serve.

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