Fried Okra is a dish that is very popular where I live. In the South fried okra is a wonderful way to serve okra, in my opinion one of the few ways okra is edible.
I recently joined a CSA, a CSA is community supported agriculture. I pay a set amount for a farmer to grow food for me, and in turn I get a share of the produce. With these, you never know what you are going to get. This week I looked in my bag and saw okra. I sighed. Okra has never been a favorite vegetable of mine. While I like it better than I do green bell peppers, it is a texture thing for me. I associate okra with slime. It may not be justified, but in my head, I think of okra as this slimy thing that comes in gumbo.
So I sent a photo of my haul this week to my G+ followers and asked what can I do with this? Fried okra was a suggestion. After some searching online reading about how to do this, I came up with this recipe. Some people say you should only coat with corn meal, I wanted to add a little more flavor, so I seasoned the flour before adding the corn meal. I must say I look forward to making more homemade fried okra. I never realized it could be so tasty.
My okra came in purple and green if you can only find green okra, I am sure that will work well too.
How to Make Fried Okra
You can make perfectly fried okra from scratch.
- 1 pound okra
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon onion salt
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 1/2 cup cornmeal
- vegetable oil for frying
- 1 teaspoon salt
Wash okra and cut into 3/8 inch slices. Prepare seasoned flour by combining flour, paprika, chili powder, garlic salt and onion salt in a small bowl.
Stir flour and seasonings until well blended. Drop cut okra into seasoned flour. Beat two eggs together in another bowl. Drop okra coated with flour into beaten egg mixture. Stir to coat okra.
Drop wet okra into cornmeal. Shake off extra cornmeal before placing into skillet. Heat a skillet with about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add coated okra to skillet.
Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on one side or until browned, rotate okra to cook until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet and drain okra on paper towels. Season with salt while still warm.