Smashed Fried Okra

Smashed Fried Okra Recipe
What a revelation! Use a meat mallet to smash okra and create more surface area for crispy-brown goodness. Try this at home.

Yield:

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Total time: 40 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 40 Minutes

Ingredients

1 pound fresh okra
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups fine yellow cornmeal
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Canola oil

Preparation

1. Use a meat mallet to smash okra, starting at tip of pod and working toward stem end. Place buttermilk in a shallow dish, and place cornmeal in another shallow dish. Stir desired amount of salt and pepper into buttermilk and cornmeal. Dip okra in buttermilk; dredge in cornmeal, shaking off excess.

2. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a large Dutch oven; heat to 350°. Fry okra, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until brown and crisp, turning once. Remove okra, using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Add salt and pepper to taste; serve.

June 2014