No proper Southern upbringing is complete without Fried Okra. It’s easy to make, and fried okra makes a wonderful side dish to just about any meal.
No upbringing is complete without Fried Okra
- 2 lbs okra sliced
- ¾ cup corn meal
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup Canola or vegetable oil
- ½ cup buttermilk
- Mix together corn meal, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Slicing okra for cooking, and make sure to discard the stem ends and the tips. They're too tough for frying.
- While you're slicing the okra, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. You'll know it's ready when a drop of water added to the oil will sizzle.
- In a small bowl, drop your sliced okra into the buttermilk (this give your coating something to stick to), and then into your corn meal / flour mixture.
- Add okra to skillet once well coated and allow to to brown on one side, about 3 minutes, before stirring.
- Once both sides of okra have browned, about 3 more minutes, reduce heat and cook until fork tender (about 10 minutes).