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Fried Okra is a Southern staple. So simple to make, it makes the perfect side dish. Get this heirloom family fried okra recipe that you’ll love.
Fried okra is one of my favorite foods in all the land – if it’s done right. This is the best fried okra recipe and a family favorite for generations!
And by done right, I mean cooked with the perfect amount of crispy coating on the outside while being smooth and tender on the inside. You’d think that would be easy enough, but when I was first married I wasn’t exactly sure how to make it. I managed to have more burnt crisps of okra because I couldn’t figure out the perfect balance of how to make it just right.
Finally, like every good Southern girl, I called my Mama. She knew just what I was doing wrong and set me straight in my fried okra making ways.
Fried Okra Recipe
I had been trying to get the perfect fried okra on the stove top alone. The secret, as Mama told me, was the combination of the stove top AND the oven! It’s how her Mama taught her and her Mama before her.
Hallelujah! It was if I could hear the angels singing when she told me how to make it.
How to Make
To make this fried okra, start by preheating oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then, mix together the okra, corn meal, flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make sure the okra is well-coated.
In the meantime, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Then add okra to skillet once oil has reached the point where if a drop of water is added to the oil, it will sizzle.
Allow okra to brown on one side, which will take about 3 minutes, before gently stirring. Once both sides of okra have browned, about 3 more minutes, place into preheated oven.
Cook until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!
We love to eat this delicious okra with so many other favorite dishes, such as Easy Mashed Potatoes, Pinto Beans and Southern Cornbread.
Since my Mama shared cooking tip with me, I’ve been making it perfectly for over 20 years.
I’m so thankful for her tips! The world just wouldn’t be the same without good fried okra.
Here’s my family’s Fried Okra recipe. It’s a tradition.
Fried Okra Recipe
- 2 pounds okra sliced
- 3/4 cup corn meal
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup Canola or vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Mix together okra, corn meal, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl, making sure well-coated.
- In the meantime, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add okra to skillet once oil has reached the point where if a drop of water is added it will sizzle.
- Allow okra to brown on one side, about 3 minutes, before gently stirring. Once both sides of okra have browned, about 3 more minutes, place into preheated oven. Cook until fork tender, about 10 minutes.
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Love this recipe. Turns out fantastic! Key is finishing off in the oven for delicious fried okra every time. .
Thanks, Walter. You are right; finishing in the oven is the key to this recipe.
I have to tell you, this recipe has redeemed my many years of burnt okra. My poor family learned to like it burnt because they didn’t know of any other way! But I’ve been using your recipe now for probably 3 or 4 years and I won’t go back to the burnt way again! We love fried okra, and even though I now live in the Midwest where I met my hubby and have raised our family, my southern roots have stayed strong, especially when it comes to fried okra!
I love that this recipe helped you prevent the burned okra, Rhoda. This is the way my mother and grandmother always made theirs and it was never burned. So glad your Southern roots are strong in the Midwest! Thanks.
just like my grandma used to make!! the perfect recipe!
Julie, I love to hear that someone else made fried okra just like my grandmother made hers. It is the best tasting okra that way.
Never had a recipe, but exactly how I make mine. Mom made hers the same way, but it was more “done” than I like. This should be perfect in my opinion.
Deb, this is the way my grandmother and mother made theirs. We always thought it was perfect. I love to hear from people that their mother or grandmother made the same dishes that I grew up eating.