Fried Okra

In Recipes on September 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I’d never had fried okra until I made it for book club. We had read “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” and decided we needed some good southern food to eat while we discussed the book. (Doesn’t ever book club over eat on yummy food while discussing books?) I decided that this would be something fun to tackle and moderately healthy; it’s a veggie right?

I went searching and thought I’d start with the Queen of Southern Food, Paula Deen. (I went searching for this long before her public scandal. Say what you will about Paula but her cooking is great!) Here’s her recipe.

6 cups oil, for frying
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons House Seasoning, 1 1/4 t Salt, 3/8 t Garlic Powder, 3/8 t Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds fresh okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1/2 cup buttermilk

Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with oil.)

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, House Seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Dip okra in buttermilk and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well. Carefully add okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in batches.) Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and then serve immediately.

It turns out that I love Fried Okra!! This was a great recipe and for once I wouldn’t change a thing about it.



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