Fried Okra is a dish that is very popular where I live. In the South, fried okra is a wonderful way to serve okra. In my opinion, one of the few ways okra is edible.
Okra is one of those things that normally is in the background of a dish. Now, with this crispy fried okra dish you can make it the start of the show, the perfect appetizer.
What is Fried Okra Made of?
Frying things is a lot easier than you think. You can make this pan fried okra with a lot of what you already have in your pantry.
The key items you will need are in the list below:
- Chili powder
- Garlic salt
- Vegetable oil
Everything in the list above you should have already at home, so you will just have to grab some fresh okra from the grocery store or local farmers market to prepare this delicious fried okra recipe.
What Exactly Does Okra Taste Like?
Honestly, okra is in a world of its own when it comes to vegetables. It has a very distinct sweet grassy flavor. I know you don’t hear that description often and may put you off, but don’t let it. It is delicious in this crispy fried okra recipe.
To ease you a little bit, some people do compare the taste of okra to green beans or even eggplant. The thing that makes okra distinct is its slimy texture. But when it’s cooked it becomes crunchy and delicious!
2 Ways Can You Avoid Slimy Okra
Okra is one of those vegetables that can be a little difficult to cook and get the texture that you want, or better yet want to avoid. Okra can seem a little slimy when it is cooked.
There are two ways you can avoid this.
- Soaking the Okra
If you soak the okra in white vinegar for about 30 minutes before you need to cook it, it helps cut down on the slimy texture. Just be sure to pat down the okra as best you can to cut down on the vinegar taste that can be left over from soaking it.
- Less is More
It is said that if you cut the okra less, you avoid having more of the mucilage released which is what makes it slimy. The more cuts you make the more mucilage is exposed. So, if you want, cut the okra in larger pieces and in return the okra will be less slimy.
Try one or both of these methods to achieve the best results when it comes to making okra for any recipe.
Top Tips For Producing Crispy Okra
Okra can tend to be a little bit tricky to cook. Let me tell you the best way to get the okra deliciously crispy.
The first tip is to use fresh okra. If you use frozen okra, it will have been exposed to more moisture and that is not what you want for frying vegetables. So, the fresher the better!
My next tip is make sure to extensively dry the okra before anything! Leaving any moisture on the okra will give way for the slime to build up around the okra while cooking. Pat the okra down one, maybe two times to be sure that there is no water left on the freshly washed okra.
Lastly, make sure your oil is hot enough! If the oil you are cooking the okra in is not hot enough, you will end up cooking it for longer to make sure it is done. When you cook the okra extra long, it wil begin to absorb some of the oil into the breading, which will also cause a soggier piece of fried okra.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Fresh okra
- All-purpose flour
- Chili powder
- Garlic salt
- Onion salt
- Vegetable oil for frying
How to Make Fried Okra
- Wash okra and cut it into 3/8 inch slices.
- Place flour, paprika, chili powder, garlic salt, and onion salt in a small bowl.
- Stir flour and seasonings until well blended.
- Place cut okra into the seasoned flour and stir to coat the okra with flour.
- Beat two eggs in another bowl.
- Drop the flour-coated okra into beaten eggs. Stir to coat okra with eggs.
- Drop wet okra into cornmeal. Toss to coat the okra with cornmeal. Shake off excess.
- Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat to 375 degrees.
- Place breaded okra in the skillet.
- Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on one side or until browned.
- Flip the okra to cook until browned on all sides.
- Remove the okra from the skillet and drain it on paper towels.
- Season it with salt while it is still warm.
Pan Fried Okra
Frying okra in a pan or skillet is the best way to get it crispy. And Southern fried okra needs to have a certain crispness in order to be just right.
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- 1 pound okra
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon onion salt
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
- vegetable oil for frying
- 1 teaspoon salt
Wash okra and cut it into 3/8 inch slices.
Place flour, paprika, chili powder, garlic salt and onion salt in a small bowl.
Stir flour and seasonings until well blended.
Drop cut okra into the seasoned flour.
Beat two eggs in another bowl.
Drop flour coated okra into beaten eggs. Stir to coat okra with eggs.
Place cornmeal in another bowl.
Drop wet okra into cornmeal. Toss to coat the okra with cornmeal. Shake off excess cornmeal.
Heat a skillet with about ½-inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
When the oil is heated to 375 degrees, place breaded okra in the skillet.
Cook the okra for 1 to 2 minutes on one side or until browned.
Rotate and flip the okra to cook until browned on all sides.
Remove the okra from skillet with a slotted spatula or spoon.
Drain the fried okra on paper towels.
Season it with salt while it is still warm.