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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

Best Okra Dishes

Southern Fried Okra

Let’s make a batch of this delicious Southern Skillet Fried Okra!

 
Yield: 1 Side Dish

Southern Skillet Fried Okra

Southern breaded 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: 218Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
 
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Jaxx The Bearded Hiker

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

These are going in my air fryer!

Julia

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

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

jo

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Also good with diced tomato cooked in with it. Yummmm

Unknown

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

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

Jaxx The Bearded Hiker

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

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

Julia

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Thanks for sharing with us Carolyn :)

carolyn burkhalter

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

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

Miz Helen

Sunday 18th of June 2017

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