Cornmeal Fried Okra

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  1. NanaBread May 25, 2011, 10:35 am

    Oh, my. Add some sliced heirloom tomatoes sprinkled with kosher salt, and you’ve got my favorite summer meal – fried okra and fresh tomatoes. Mmm, mmm good!

  2. Dustin May 30, 2011, 7:53 am

    I love all of this fried okra. In fact I am loving most of the food out here in general. I am glad you found a way to make it super tasty and a little better for me.

  3. Sara @ lemony snippet June 11, 2011, 11:29 am

    I just found your site through a search for the best way to fry okra. I’m about to try this way right now. I love your site! It’s well designed and your pictures are beautiful! I’m always looking for new food blogs :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef June 12, 2011, 10:10 am

      Yay for searches! :) I’m so happy you like my site — welcome! I’d love to know how the okra turns out for you.

  4. Gary August 19, 2011, 10:32 pm

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! I have been anti-okra all of my life, but about 6 years ago was invited to someone’s home after church and all they served was undressed spaghetti, a tossed salad, and a huge skillet of cornmeal fried okra! Her’s was similar to yours except she started with sauteed onions & after the okra was well on its way to cooking, she threw in a 1/2 cup of cornmeal! After running into your site, I was inspired to buy some local okra and give it a try.
    I used the onions, but didn’t have the courage to throw in the cornmeal! But it was a hit! Both of my daughters and two out-of-three grand-kids voted that I prepare cornmeal fried okra any time! Thanks. I’ll be sampling many more of your beautiful dishes! Thanx.

  5. Kelly February 28, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Will this recipe work well with frozen okra? Unfortunately, fresh okra isn’t as readily avaliable on the east coast :)

  6. Risa March 10, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Thanks so much for your recipe! This is how my mom has always made fried okra and I, too, believe it to be much better than the kind that is completely covered in batter. There is nothing better in the world than a meal of fried okra, cole slaw, and green beans. I could live off this all summer long!

  7. Kandy June 15, 2012, 2:54 pm

    I love fried okra cooked just like this. I have also used the frozen and cut it up because you can never get really good fresh okra on the east coast. Love your website

    1. Joyce August 9, 2012, 2:19 pm

      Where on the east coast can’t you find good fresh okra? I’m SE and it’s abundant right now. Look for a farmer’s market, and if you have access to a community farm program (or even a day trip into the country) you should be able to find.

  8. Wills Texas June 20, 2012, 9:16 am

    I am growing okra in my garden for the first time this year. Before now, I have only had fried okra. But I am going to harvest some tonight and try this recipe. I can’t wait to begin exploring all that can be done with okra. This recipe looks fantastic!

  9. Polly August 5, 2012, 4:43 pm

    You are right on with your recipe! It also works to cook the okra in the pan first, then throw in the cornmeal! Also, if you turn too much too soon, you will knock off all the cornmeal! Sometimes I put chopped onion in too.

    1. Polly August 5, 2012, 4:50 pm

      I am cooking some right now with my dad’s fresh okra! this and gumbo are the only way I like okra. My sisters love it just smothered with onions- basically the same recipe, just no cornmeal. That and a roux is how you start gumbo.

  10. donna August 15, 2012, 8:03 am

    First time using okra.From NY and never had it.Just moved down south and finding a whole new world of foods.Will be doing it tonight.Thanks for your recipe.


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