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Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

Serves: 4

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Oil for frying 
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon hot sauce 
1 pound okra, cut into 1/2 inch rings
Kosher salt


In a large pot or cast iron Dutch oven heat oil until a fryer or candy thermometer reads 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, salt, and Old Bay. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and hot sauce.

Soak the okra in the buttermilk mixture for 5 minutes. Remove and drain off any excess liquid, then transfer to the flour-cornmeal mixture. Thoroughly coat the okra on all sides and tap off the excess flour.

Fry the battered okra until crispy, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the oil, drain on paper towels, and season with kosher salt.

Serve immediately. 

About the recipe

If you want a look and mouthfeel that seems a little more substantial, try slicing the okra in half lengthwise, instead of the more traditional rings.

We used Texas Pete brand for the hot sauce in this recipe.