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Spicy Okra Fries

Take fried okra to the next level.

Southern Living JULY 2013

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds medium okra, cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • Ground red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Yogurt Sauce


1. Dice tomatoes. Stir together lime juice and next 2 ingredients until blended.

2. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Fry okra, in batches, 7 to 10 minutes or until crispy and deep golden brown; drain on paper towels.

3. Toss together shallots, next 2 ingredients, okra, tomatoes, 3 Tbsp. lime juice mixture, and red pepper to taste in a large bowl. Sprinkle with mint and cilantro. Serve with Yogurt Sauce and remaining lime juice mixture.


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