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Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

My 55th recipe “Southern Fried Okra”, a quick and easy snack / side. Perfect as a vegetarian option for a outdoor BBQ or an anytime snack.

When I moved to Texas a few years back, I did not have many restaurant options where I get vegetarian food. So whenever I decide to visit one of the local restaurants here, I was forced to just stick with ordering the sides. This Southern Fried Okra was one such side which I had on multiple occasions and loved.

It was different from the usual spicy fries we make in India. This was crispier and the okra still remained crunchy inside, which made it an instant hit with me. Though I liked it, I never got the courage to try it at home. But finally when I saw some okras resting in my fridge, I summoned enough courage to try these cute little fried okras. After customizing to my taste buds, they turned out perfectly crispy and delicious 😉

southern okra fry

Southern Fried Okra

southern fried okra

Southern Fried Okra

Revathi Palani
Southern Fried Okra is a staple in many southern style restaurants in Texas. Learn how to prepare the perfectly crisp and delicious fried okra at home.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 20 Ladies finger | Okra
  • 3 Cups Butter milk (*Vegans can replace with Non-Dairy Milk)
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 Cup Yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 Cup All purpose flour
  • Salt - To taste
  • 4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • Oil - For frying


  • First slice the okra into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Remove some of their stickiness by placing them on a paper napkin.
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  • Now take a bowl, add the butter milk, ginger garlic paste and mix thoroughly. Now add the okra into the buttermilk and let it soak for about 5 minutes.
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  • Meanwhile take a bowl, add the cornmeal, all purpose flour, black pepper powder, salt and red chilli powder, mix them thoroughly and keep aside.
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  • Now heat a pan with oil for frying the okra. Drain the okra from butter milk, dredge it in cornmeal flour mixture and fry in hot oil for a couple of minutes until the color changes to golden brown. Place the fried okra on a paper napkin to remove excess oil.
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  • Serve hot as an appetizer, snack or side.
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Notes | FAQ

- Do not mix the okras with the cornmeal flour mixture. Instead just dredge them as we do breadcrumb coating for cutlets.
- If the cornmeal-flour mixture gets wet then it will not stick to the okra.
- I fried the okras in about 5 batches. We want our oil to be hot enough so fry them in batches. Refer cooking tips section.
- Do adjust the pepper, chilli powder and salt according to your taste. I like them spicy.
- I added ginger garlic paste per my taste preference. You can skip it if you prefer. Else you can also skip it and instead add garlic powder to the cornmeal flour mixture.
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Praveen @ Awesome Cuisine

Monday 2nd of February 2015

Awesome recipe :)


Monday 2nd of February 2015

Thanks Praveen :-)

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