I am pretty sure that many people don’t know what okra is or at least have never cooked it before. It’s a southern delight and so tasty! I like it boiled as much as I like it friend but it makes Mr. Picky-eater sick to watch me eat boiled okra so when I found this exquisite delicacy at the farmer’s market Saturday, I just had to get it.
- 1 lb whole fresh Okra
- ½ Cup Flour
- 1 heaping tablespoon of cornmeal or corn flour
- ¼ Cup Buttermilk
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Optional: Garlic Powder and/or Chili Powder
- Oil for frying
Wash Okra very well.
Put Okra, Salt, Pepper, and any seasoning in a ziplock bag and mix together. Pour in Okra and toss in the bag until the okra is covered.
Remove Okra from the bag but keep the remaining seasoned flour.
Pour buttermilk into a dish. Coat the okra in buttermilk. Using a clotted spoon remove the okra from the buttermilk and place back into the seasoned flour and coat it again.
Remove coated okra from the excess flour and place in a covered dish. Place it in the refrigerator for 30 to 90 minutes.
Fill a medium sided saucepan about half way up the side with oil.
Bring cooking oil up to 350 F degrees and start putting prepared okra into pot with a clean slotted spoon. You will fry the okra in batches. Don’t overfill the pot with oil or okra.
Fry to okra until golden brown and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain off the excess oil.
It’s ready to serve. Fried okra is best served fresh and hot.
When we got home, I washed it very well and then began cutting it like this:
Then I put it in a Ziploc bag with flour:
I poured it out into a colander to get all the excess flour off.
Pour it into a dish:
Using a slotted spoon, put okra into the dish and coat:
Once again, using a slotted spoon take the okra out and place in a big dish where you then sprinkle with flour seasoned with salt, pepper, and whatever else you want – I used chili powder.
Toss to completely coat, cover with foil or saran wrap and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 90 minutes.
Bring cooking oil up to 350 F degrees and start putting okra into pot with a clean slotted spoon.
Remove from oil with the slotted spoon. Working in batches, continue until all is done. Some people serve this side dish with hot sauce sprinkled on but we eat it with ranch dressing!