6 Servings

This classic Southern fried okra recipe is a great way to enjoy down-home flavor in the comfort of your own kitchen.

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim both ends of 1 lb. of okra and cut pods into 1/2-inch pieces. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup buttermilk, 1 large egg, 1 seeded and minced jalapeño chili and 1/4 cup minced scallion. Toss okra in buttermilk mixture; marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes. Mix 1 Tbsp. each salt and smoked paprika in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups cornmeal and 1 tsp. salt.

Step 2

Heat a 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a medium frying pan to 375°F. Take a few pieces of okra out of buttermilk mixture at a time, letting excess drip off, and toss in cornmeal. In batches, drop coated okra pieces into oil; fry for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle okra with paprika-salt and serve hot.

Ratings & Reviews

ramaya's Review

May 24, 2013
I personally didn't eat it, because I can't handle spicy food (I sprinkled mine with cayenne pepper) but my fiance LOVED it! Said it was the best okra (spiciest too) he'd ever had

icancookthat's Review

September 20, 2011
This was my first time frying anything and it was surprisingly easy! I loved the flavor of the marinade Check out my post here: http://www.icancookthat.org/2011/07/fried-okra.html

jenny0716's Review

September 06, 2011
It needs a bit more spices but all in all it is very good.

issalyn's Review

September 05, 2010