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Cornmeal Fried Okra

This fried okra recipe uses cornmeal instead of a heavy batter which allows for more of the okra flavor to get through and keeps it more healthy.
Categories Side
Difficulty Easy
Keyword fried okra, fried okra recipe, how to fry okra
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 136 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1 1/2 pints fresh okra pods 3 cups
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  1. Wash and drain the okra pods. Cut off the tips and stems of each okra pod. Slice each pod into 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle slices with kosher salt and pepper.
  2. Combine cornmeal, chickpea flour, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a large, shallow dish. Add okra slices, in batches, and toss to coat.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  4. When oil is hot, add okra (after shaking off excess cornmeal mixture), in batches. You will likely have 4-5 batches.

  5. Cook okra until golden brown on all sides (about 4-6 minutes), flipping over and/or stirring in the oil frequently.

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Nutrition Facts
Cornmeal Fried Okra
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Sodium 233.1mg10%
Carbohydrates 22.8g8%
Fiber 3.3g13%
Sugar 1.4g2%
Protein 3.1g6%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 23.9mg29%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.