Here’s my simple recipe for fried okra, a classic southern side dish, made in a cast-iron skillet!
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In the south, fresh okra is a staple at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. It’s so easy to prepare in a cast iron skillet. I’ll even show you how to minimize any slime factor when preparing this simple fried okra recipe!
When purchasing okra at the market, look for and choose the smaller pods. Smaller pods will equal less slime factor. Plus, the larger pods are usually less tender, so really seek out small to medium pods. Wash, rinse and completely dry the okra before slicing the pods for this recipe. Dry okra pods equal less slime when slicing and cooking.
Cut off the ends and tips of each okra pod and then slice each pod into small pieces, about half an inch per piece. If you slice the pieces too small, you’ll induce the slime factor. Once the okra is sliced, set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, corn meal and salt and pepper. Add the sliced okra and stir to combine and coat each pod in the cornmeal mixture.
In a cast iron skillet, add oil and heat until sizzling. Use a slotted spoon to add okra to skillet. The slotted spoon will help shake off any cornmeal mixture that didn’t adhere to the okra. You don’t want the excess cornmeal in the skillet because it will fry quickly and burn. Layer the okra on the bottom of the skillet and let fry until lightly brown on the bottom. Turn heat down and gently turn the okra over and brown the other side. Make sure all sides have fried to a golden brown before removing from skillet.
Drain okra on a paper towel before serving.
If you love cooking with a cast iron skillet, check out more skillet recipes:
Skillet Chicken Fajitas
Skillet Garlic Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Quick & Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet
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- 2 pounds okra, sliced
- ¾ cup corn meal
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup Sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
- Note: best prepared in a cast iron skillet.
- Wash and completely dry okra before slicing. Slice in half-inch thick pieces, or slightly smaller. Set aside.
- In mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and salt and pepper.
- Add sliced okra to cornmeal mixture and stir to coat each piece.
- Heat oil in iron skillet until sizzling.
- Use a slotted spoon to add okra to skillet. The slotted spoon will help shake off any cornmeal mixture that didn't adhere to the okra.
- Layer the okra on the bottom of the skillet and let fry until lightly brown on the bottom.
- Turn heat down to medium, and gently turn the okra over and brown the other side. Make sure all sides have fried to a golden brown before removing from skillet.
- Drain okra on paper towels before serving.
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