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.
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.
Southern Fried Okra Tips
How do you make fried okra not slimy?
Cooking okra quickly and over high heat tends to help prevent the okra from becoming too slimy. When you're preparing the okra, slice it into bigger chucks instead of thin slices. The smaller you slice, the slimier the okra will get.
Do you wash okra before frying?
Yes, you should wash the okra right before use. Make sure to dry it thoroughly, because additional moisture will cause the okra to become slimy. Check out more tips on how to cook okra.