Crispy Fried Okra

Okra, fried with a crispy cornmeal coating, is a Southern favorite. If you’ve never tried okra, this is the recipe to try.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 40 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 1 lb. fresh okra
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Several drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Dash ground cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  • Wash okra; cut off tips and stem ends. Cut okra pods crosswise into 1-inch slices.
  • Beat eggs in a shallow bowl with hot sauce.
  • Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne in a large food storage bag or shallow bowl.
  • Heat oil to 375°F in a deep fryer.
  • Add okra to beaten eggs; stir to coat well. Drop several pieces of okra into cornmeal mixture and shake gently to coat well. Repeat with remaining okra.
  • Fry okra in hot oil in batches until browned, about 4 to 6 minutes for each batch. Turn as needed to brown all sides. Drain on paper towels and keep warm.