Crispy Southern Fried Okra Delight


Savor the taste of the South with our Crispy Southern Fried Okra Delight. This dish is a classic Southern treat, featuring fresh okra pods coated in a seasoned cornmeal batter and fried to golden perfection. Each bite offers a delightful crunch, revealing the tender, flavorful interior of the okra. It's a perfect side dish or snack that brings the comfort of Southern cooking right to your table.

Crispy Southern Fried Okra Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 240mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 2g


  • Fresh okra pods, sliced: 500g (1.1 pounds / 17.6 ounces)
  • Cornmeal: 120g (4.2 ounces / 0.26 pounds)
  • All-purpose flour: 60g (2.1 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
  • Paprika: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Garlic powder: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Onion powder: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Buttermilk: 240ml (8 ounces / 0.5 pounds)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prep the Okra: Wash and slice the okra pods into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Marinate Okra: In a bowl, soak okra slices in buttermilk for 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare Coating: Mix cornmeal, flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in another bowl.
  4. Coat the Okra: Drain okra from buttermilk. Toss with the cornmeal mixture until evenly coated.
  5. Fry the Okra: Heat oil in a deep fryer or skillet to 350°F (175°C). Fry okra in batches until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Drain and Serve: Place fried okra on paper towels to drain excess oil. Serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Buttermilk Soak: Soaking okra in buttermilk helps the coating adhere and adds flavor.
  • Oil Temperature: Keep the oil at a steady temperature for even frying.
  • Batch Frying: Fry in small batches to prevent overcrowding and ensure crispiness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I bake the okra instead of frying?

Yes, you can bake it at 400°F (200°C) for 20 minutes, but the texture will be different.

What can I serve with fried okra?

It pairs well with grilled meats, sandwiches, or as a standalone snack.

Can I use frozen okra?

Fresh okra is preferable, but thawed frozen okra can be used in a pinch.

How do I store leftovers?

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in the oven for best results.