Fried Okra Recipe – Two Ways

by katerina on February 25, 2011

As a foodie north of the border, I always worry that my attempts to make cuisine from the Southern United States will be laughable. But, as always, my curiosity got the better than me, so soon after making Gumbo and Collard Greens I did some digging and created two deep fried okra recipes.

Fried Okra (Egg and Cornmeal Breaded)

When researching a recipe you frequently come to a fork in the road. Half of the recipes say to do one thing, and half the other. In this case, many of the recipes simply tossed the okra in cornmeal and seasoning, relying on okra’s natural stickiness to have the cornmeal stick. The other kind, first tosses the okra in an egg batter and then the conrnmeal, resulting in a heavier breading.

Generally speaking, if I am not sure, and there are two equally good looking paths, I split myself in two and try both.

Fried Okra (Just Cornmeal Breaded)

Though I believe the eggs are authentic, our household preferred the less breaded, lighter version of the okra. Maybe I need a trip down South to make a more educated decision. Have you made or had fried okra before, what was it like?

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Fried Okra



Fried Okra recipe #I - less battered and quicker

1 cup okra, stems and tips removed cut into 1 cm rounds

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch cayenne

1/3 cup cornmeal

(For Tips on Deep Frying Check out my series on How to Deep Fry.)

Prepare the okra by washing it, cutting off the tips and stems and cutting into approximately 1 cm rounds. Sprinkle and toss with salt and cayenne. Toss in cornmeal. Heat oil to 350-375F and fry for 3-4 minutes until just slightly brown. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Fried Okra recipe #2- thicker batter with egg, non-vegan

1 cup okra, stems and tips removed cut into 1 cm rounds

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch cayenne

1 egg

a few dashes hot sauce

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon flour

Prepare the okra by washing it, cutting off the tips and stems and cutting into approximately 1 cm rounds. Beat egg with hot sauce and in a separate bowl combine flour and cornmeal. Sprinkle okra with salt and then add to egg. Toss with egg and then add to cornmeal to dredge. Heat oil to 350-375F and fry for 3-4 minutes until just slightly brown. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.




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