Southern Fried Okra Recipe
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Southern Fried Okra Recipe

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Golden brown with a little fresh green showing through, these okra nuggets are crunchy and addicting! My sons like to dip them in ketchup. —Pam Duncan, Summers, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh or frozen okra, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic herb seasoning blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Additional salt and pepper, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 368 calories, 31g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Pat okra dry with paper towels. Place buttermilk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, seasoning blend and pepper. Dip okra in buttermilk, then roll in cornmeal mixture.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry okra, a few pieces at a time, for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Southern Fried Okra in Reminisce Extra January 2008, p52

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bucky2 User ID: 5333798 264408
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

"Down here in SC we call it Southern popcorn. A big bowl and a ball game cannot be beat! I usually buy frozen from a local source in my grocery but I'm gonna try this recipe since I grow okra. (I got problems with corn meal but have a trouble finding corn "flour")"

randcbruns User ID: 828588 259084
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"My family loves fried okra. This recipe is one of the best ones. We love the texture of the batter."

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 218267
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"These were okay, but personally I like a little more flavor on my breading."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 172768
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Made exactly as directed. The best fried okra I've ever eaten...light, crispy and flavorful!"

kirbijo User ID: 3667086 156720
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"I've never made okra before but had some fresh from the farmers market and wanted to try it. I didn't have any cornmeal so I used corn muffin mix and I didn't have buttermilk so I made it with whole milk and vinegar. It turned out great! We loved it and this will be my go to recipe for fried okra!"

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