Perfect Fried Okra Recipe



  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk – add 1 tablespoon vinegar to a measuring cup, fillwith milk to make 1/2 cup, let sit 5 minutes
  • 2 pounds okra, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • Oil for frying (I like peanut or vegetable oil)


In a cast iron skillet or deep pan, heat about 6 cups of oil to 350F (125C).
Place cut okra in buttermilk to soak for a couple minutes while you assemble the coating.
In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, and seasonings.
Transfer okra to coating mixture and toss well to coat.
Fry okra in hot oil for about 5 minutes, stirring to fry evenly.
Remove to paper towels to drain.
Even after these have cooled quite a bit, they are still delicious. Serve with ketchup or hot sauce, or eat them up plain!