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Southern Skillet Fried Okra

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Grab your cast iron skillet and let’s make Southern Skillet Fried Okra.

OKRY!! Many people do call okra….okry. Regardless of what you call it, okra is a southern favorite. It’s an essential ingredient in gumbo and soups. My personal favorites are pickled okra and Fried Okra.

Okra is the edible seed pod from the okra plant. I once asked a question on the Julia’s Simply Southern Facebook Page – “What is one food you do not like?” – and was surprised that a lot of people do not like okra.

It’s one of those, you either love it or hate it kind of things. So this recipe is for all the okra lovers out there!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Vegetable Oil 
  • 1 lb Okra
  • 1/2 c Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 tbs Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

How Do You Prepare Okra for Frying

Okra

 
Begin by adding vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet and heat over medium.
 
Add okra to a colander and rinse with water.
 
Slice okra. If you happen to come across an okra pod that the knife doesn’t want to slice easily through (you’ll know when you get one), discard that pod. It will not be worth chewing a tough piece of okra ?
 
In a small bowl add cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper.
 
Toss sliced okra into the cornmeal mixture and toss to coat.

Pan Fried Okra

How to fry okra

 
Add the dredged okra pieces to the skillet.
 
Cook while turning occasionally 5-7 minutes until the coating browns.
 
Southern Skillet Fried Okra

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Southern Skillet Fried Okra

Southern Skillet Fried Okra

Traditional Southern pan fried okra with a cornmeal breading

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Vegetable Oil 
  • 1 lb Okra
  • 1/2 c Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 tbs Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet and heat over medium.

  2. Next, add the okra to a colander and rinse with water.

  3. Slice the okra.

  4. In a small bowl add cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper.

  5. Toss sliced okra into the cornmeal mixture and toss to coat.

  6. Add the dredged okra pieces to the skillet.

  7. Cook while turning occasionally 5-7 minutes until the coating browns.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 202mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 2g
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    June 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Fried Okra, a summertime favorite at the cottage! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Unknown
    June 22, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    when the last pickings of okra are in my garden-I prepare them as if I am going to fry it and then I put it on a cookie sheet -on top of wax paper-and flash freeze it-it is just as good come the cold winter as it was when I first picked it

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      carolyn burkhalter
      June 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      sorry-I forget to tell that once it is frozen-I use my vacuum sealer and seal it and keep in the freezer for as long as I want-have kept it for a year

    • Reply
      Julia
      June 22, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Carolyn 🙂

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      Jaxx The Bearded Hiker
      June 28, 2017 at 11:44 am

      That's a great idea Carolyn. Just curious, how many plants do you have?

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    jo
    June 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Also good with diced tomato cooked in with it. Yummmm

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    Jaxx The Bearded Hiker
    June 28, 2017 at 11:42 am

    These are going in my air fryer!

    • Reply
      Julia
      June 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      I haven't tried an air fryer yet. Let me know what you think 🙂

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