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A blue dinner plate willed with chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, both topped with gravy, all next to a pile of fried okra.

Fried Okra

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: classic Southern side dish, how to make fried okra, okra
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 295kcal
This fried okra is yet another Southern classic. So good and so tasty. Serve with your favorite Southern entree (aka Chicken Fried Steak), and you'll be in Heaven!
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  • Deep fryer, or sturdy skillet with candy-thermometer


  • 2 lbs okra cut, thawed (if frozen)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • cup milk
  • ¾ cup cornmeal fine, or medium-fine
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs plain
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Heat the oil to 350°F.
  • Set up a dredging station with 3 bowls or plans. Place the flour in the 1st bowl, the milk in the 2nd bowl, and mix together the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, onion powder, seasoned salt, salt, and pepper.
  • Working in batches, drop some of the okra in the flour and toss to coat. Add the coated flour to the milk and move around to coat with milk. Add to the cornmeal/breadcrumb mixture and toss around to coat. If you prefer an extra crunchy breading, repeat this process.
  • Once all of the okra has been breaded, working in batches, carefully add to the hot oil. Use a fork, or metal spatula, to gently nudge the frying okra. This will keep the okra from sticking to each other.
  • Drain on paper towels. Repeat and then serve.


We find that frozen cut okra works wonderfully for this recipe.  Allow the okra to thaw (this can be expedited by rinsing in a colander with cool water).  The okra will be moist, which will help the flour adhere to the okra.  Fresh works great, too.  Just make sure the okra is ripe and soft to the touch.  
This okra is best served piping hot.  But, it's still super tasty even after it becomes room temperature.   The okra can be reheated in a warm oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. 
The okra can be prepped up to 12 hours in advance.  Fry just before serving. 


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 719mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1183IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 3mg