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Fried Okra

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Classic Fried Okra dredges fresh cut okra in a seasoned cornmeal and flour mixture before frying in hot oil to form a delicious, crispy, crunchy bite.

Overhead shot of finished fried okra

It is February already and in honor of Black History Month, I am participating in the 3rd annual Black History Month Potluck. It’s a time when 28 black food bloggers come together to participate in a virtual potluck by sharing our favorite recipes.

That’s right! Each and every day during the whole month of February a black food blogger will be sharing a soulful delicious recipe. Last year I shared my recipe for Blackberry Cobbler and this year I decided to share a crispy side dish of Fried Okra.

Okra is pretty much a staple when it comes to southern food. In my family, this ingredient could be found in gumbo, paired with tomatoes, or even topping some baby lima beans. As a child, my grandfather would plant a vegetable garden and okra certainly had its own dedicated row. For this reason alone I fondly remember okra making a frequent appearance at the dinner table.

My favorite way to enjoy okra is fried.

The recipe begins by cutting fresh okra into pieces before dredging in a seasoned cornmeal and flour mixture. The okra will release moisture that will allow the breading to cling to the okra. If you prefer a heavy coating, then you will allow the okra to rest and stir a few times until it reaches your desired amount. Next, fry it in hot oil for a few minutes before removing to serve while still warm. It is just that easy.  

bowl of freshly fried okra

Classic Fried Okra dredges fresh cut okra in a seasoned cornmeal and flour mixture before frying in hot oil to form a delicious, crispy, crunchy bite. simplylakita.com #BHMPotluck #friedokra

Fried Okra

Classic Fried Okra dredges fresh cut okra in a seasoned cornmeal and flour mixture before frying in hot oil to form a delicious, crispy, crunchy bite.
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried okra
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 195kcal


  • 1 pound fresh okra
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour

salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup vegetable oil


  • Clean the okra, dry, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces removing the tops.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, self-rising flour, salt, and pepper until combined.
  • Add the cut okra to the cornmeal mixture and stir around to coat each piece.
  • Allow it to sit for a few minutes and stir around again.
  • When the breading clings to the okra, shake the bowl and the excess mixture will fall to the bottom.
  • In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Carefully spoon the okra into the heated oil. Fry until browned all over, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from the oil and drain the fried okra on a paper towel. Serve warm.


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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hand holding a few pieces of fried okra
Be sure to give this Fried Okra a try and if you want to join the celebration and check out the other delicious 27 recipes, then simply follow the hashtag #BHMPotluck on all social media platforms. You won’t be disappointed.

Black History Month Virtual Potluck

Recipes from some of the best black food bloggers on the web. Check it out!

Beautiful Eats & Things | Okra, Corn, and Tomato Chicken Stew

Beyond the Bayou Blog | Mackerel Balls with Biscuits and Cane Syrup

Bsugar Mama | Red Beans and Rice

Butter Be Ready | Caribbean Curry Goat with Rice and Peas

Cooks with Soul | Boudin Balls

D.M.R. Fine Foods | Spice Roasted Chicken

Dash of Jazz | Soul Food Power Bowl

Dish It with Tisha | Jamaican Curry Chicken

Domestic Dee | Chicken Sliders

Eat.Drink.Frolic. | Bourbon and Sweet Potato Pie

First and Full | Homemade Peach Pie

Food Fidelity | Nashville Hot Shrimp Sandwich

Food is Love Made Edible | Smothered Okra with Chicken and Smoked Sausage

Foodie in New York | Chess Pie

Immaculate Bites | Pimento Cheese

Kaluhi’s Kitchen | Pilipili and Rosemary Marinated Mbuzi Choma with Kachumbari

Kenneth Temple | Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Marisa Moore Nutrition | Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cabbage

Meiko and the Dish | Hot Buttered Rum Biscuits

My Life Runs on Food | Southern Style Caesar Salad

Rosalynn Daniels | Osso Bucco

Savory Thoughts | Haitian Patty

Sweet Tea & Thyme | Spiced Peach Shortcakes

That Girl Cooks Healthy | Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce

The Hungry Hutch | Cornbread Dressing

The Seasoning Bottle | Guava Short Ribs

Whisk it Real Gud | Banana Bread

Got any comments, questions, or other ideas for this Fried Okra? Share them in the comments below!


  • Reply
    February 6, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Oh this brings back childhood memories!! Can’t wait to make these!

    • Reply
      February 6, 2019 at 3:33 PM

      Thank you! It holds so many childhood memories for me as well. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    February 16, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    I made some oven fried okra last weekend and it was crazy delicious. I’m still thinking about making your Blackberry Cobbler. Have a great weekend LaKita

    • Reply
      February 17, 2019 at 9:57 AM

      Yay!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! You will not regret trying the Blackberry Cobbler. Have a great weekend Mary 🙂

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