Fried Okra 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes



  • 2 lbs fresh okra, cut into 1/4 or 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Frying oil


Heat about 2 inches of oil in a heavy bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 F.

In a wide bowl or pie dish, whisk together cornmeal, flour, cayenne, black pepper, and salt.

In another bowl, beat the egg into the buttermilk.

Working in batches as needed, dip the okra slices in the buttermilk, then the cornmeal mix, tossing to coat. Add the okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown.

Remove to a paper towel lined plate, add extra seasoning as desired, and serve warm.


Serve these alongside something wonderfully savory like our slow cooker pulled pork or anything BBQ'd. And if fresh is hard to come by, try using frozen. Just defrost completely, then pat dry before coating.

Nutrition Facts
Fried Okra
Amount Per Serving
Calories 520 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 72%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 23g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Potassium 245mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.