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Fried Okra is one of summers best treats! It’s a great appetizer or side dish, and is super easy to make! This post includes options for deep fried okra, pan fried okra and oven fried okra!
It took me WAY too long to try okra! Okra was not something that I grew up with. I can’t say I was even aware of it until I was a young adult! But don’t worry, I have more than made up for the lack of okra in my early life. The best way to enjoy okra is breaded and fried! The crunchy, salty breading balances out the bite that okra provides.
How to Fry Okra in the Deep Fryer
First, wash your okra and trim the ends. Cut into pieces, about 3/4 inches wide. In a large bowl, whisk the egg, then place the pieces into the bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix lightly to coat the okra with egg. Add flour, cornmeal and baking powder into another bowl, and stir until blended. Lightly sprinkle the okra with the flour and cornmeal mixture, and toss until well combined and okra is completely coated, adding more flour mixture if needed.
When ready, okra is best fried in batches. Fill your fryer to the suggested fill line and heat the oil until hot. You can test the readiness of the water by placing one piece of frozen/breaded okra in the oil. If it floats and sizzles, the okra is ready. Carefully lower the okra pieces into the oil a few pieces at a time. Don’t overload your fryer, you want each piece to have enough space to be completely surrounded by oil. When the okra is close to golden brown, remove from the fryer using a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
Repeat these steps to fry each batch of okra until complete! *Full recipe below*
How to Fry Okra in the Oven
If you don’t want to fry your okra, you can definitely make fried okra in the oven! First, wash your okra and trim the ends. Cut into pieces, about 3/4 inches wide. Place the pieces into a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add flour, cornmeal and baking powder into another bowl, and stir until blended. Lightly sprinkle the okra with the flour and cornmeal mixture, and toss until well combined and okra is completely coated, adding more flour mixture if needed. you’ve coated the cut okra, place it on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, until it’s golden brown.
How to Pan Fry Okra
Bread the okra as instructed above. Fill a heavy duty skillet with a shallow amount of canola or vegetable oil, and heat on medium high. Fry okra in small batches for 5-6 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Remove from pan and allow to drain on paper towel before serving.
Can I use Frozen Okra to make Fried Okra?
Yes, of course! But you will need do thaw it first to get the coating to stick well. Before coating with the egg and flour/cornmeal mixture, be sure to completely de-thaw the sliced okra. It will be slimy, and a little gross to touch! That’s normal, and totally okay. It will still be delish! Once thawed, you will need to pat the okra with paper towels several times to get it as dry as possible before proceeding.
Is Okra Good for You?
YES! Okra is a very healthy vegetable. It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants. It helps your digestion and is packed with Vitamin C!
Fried Okra Calories and Carbohydrates
If you are an off and on dieter like me, you know the trouble estimating the calories and nutritional content of foods you fry at home! Some of the oil is retained in the breading, but it’s very hard to accurately estimate how much. In one cup of deep fried okra, there are about 175 calories, 13 grams of carbs, and 9 net carbs. If you bake your okra instead, the calories are reduced by about half, with one cup having 80-90 calories.
- 2-3 pounds of fresh okra
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- Fill your fryer with oil to the suggested fill line, and heat until hot.
- Wash okra and trim the ends.
- Cut into pieces about 3/4 wide pieces.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg, salt and pepper. Place cut okra into bowl and toss to coat.
- Add flour, cornmeal and baking powder into another bowl and stir to combine.
- Lightly sprinkle the okra with the flour mixture. Toss until well combined and okra is completely coated. Add more flour as needed, and toss again.
- Fry okra in small batches, making sure that each piece of okra is not crowded by other pieces. When golden brown and crispy (about 2 minutes), remove from fryer and drain on paper towel before serving.
Modifications for pan fried okra, oven fried okra, and using frozen okra instead of fresh okra are above this recipe card.
Feel free to halve this recipe.