Sides

Southern Fried Okra

Beth Duggar / September 7, 2016

A summer garden favorite, okra is a seasonable staple in the South. The cornmeal coating makes these crunchy bites a perfect side for any meal. 

Tip: When pulling okra from the garden, you can put it directly into freezer bags and freeze. When ready to use, just thaw and wash for fresh veggies any time.

Prep Time

5-8 minutes

Cook Time

8-10 minutes

Servings

4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts fresh okra
  • 1 to 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • About 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon feshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder or garlic powder (optional)
  • ½ to ¾ cup bacon drippings or vegetable oil (enough to fill the skillet ¼ inch deep)

Preparation

  1. Wash the okra with lots of water and let dry. Remove the ends and slice into ¼- to ½-inch-thick rounds; place in large bowl. (If the okra is tough, throw it out.) Pour the beaten egg(s) over the okra and stir gently until the rounds are coated. Add the cornmeal, salt, pepper, and, if desired, onion or garlic powder, stirring gently to coat.  
  2. Heat the bacon drippings in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. To test, add a slice of okra to the skillet to see if it really sizzles. Pour half the okra into the skillet and cook until golden brown all over, turning it with a metal spatula. (Some people like it almost burned.) You may need to add more bacon drippings.
  3. Remove the okra from the skillet and repeat with the remaining okra, adding more drippings if needed.
Beth Duggar

Contributed By

Beth Duggar

Beth Duggar is a local South Pittsburg resident and the current President of The National Cornbread Festival. 

Southern Fried Okra

By Beth Duggar

Prep Time: 5-8 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts fresh okra
  • 1 to 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • About 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon feshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder or garlic powder (optional)
  • ½ to ¾ cup bacon drippings or vegetable oil (enough to fill the skillet ¼ inch deep)
Southern Fried Okra

Preparation

  1. Wash the okra with lots of water and let dry. Remove the ends and slice into ¼- to ½-inch-thick rounds; place in large bowl. (If the okra is tough, throw it out.) Pour the beaten egg(s) over the okra and stir gently until the rounds are coated. Add the cornmeal, salt, pepper, and, if desired, onion or garlic powder, stirring gently to coat.  
  2. Heat the bacon drippings in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. To test, add a slice of okra to the skillet to see if it really sizzles. Pour half the okra into the skillet and cook until golden brown all over, turning it with a metal spatula. (Some people like it almost burned.) You may need to add more bacon drippings.
  3. Remove the okra from the skillet and repeat with the remaining okra, adding more drippings if needed.

Recipe by Beth Duggar for Lodge Cast Iron at http://www.lodgemfg.com/recipe/southern-fried-okra