Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Southern fried okra

Taken today, in front of my okra plants. I cropped the bottom of the picture out so you wouldn't see my weeds. Seriously!

We love fried okra, cooked the way my mom taught me: Slice the okra, dip in egg, then roll in a mixture of half flour, half corn meal. I could never understand, though, why all the coating doesn't stay on the little wheels of okra. When we eat out and fried okra is served, it's got crispy coating all around it. What was I doing wrong? So I went searching on Google and found a recipe that lets the coating stay on the okra. The only differences between this and my old method are the addition of baking powder and the instructions to leave the okra in the egg/milk mixture for at least ten minutes. So I don't know which factor made the difference, but I've followed this recipe twice, and it worked, both times.

Southern Fried Okra
1 pound fresh okra
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Vegetable oil
  1. Wash and slice okra; pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Combine eggs and buttermilk; add okra, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Drain okra, small portions at a time, using a slotted spoon.
  5. Dredge okra, small portions at a time, in flour mixture.
  6. Pour oil to depth of 2 to 3-inches in a Dutch oven of deep-fat fryer and heat to 375*F (190*C). Fry okra until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.
I don't use buttermilk, by the way; I use plain milk. And I use a skillet rather than a deep fryer, but with plenty of oil. And I like to add some Cajun seasoning to the flour/cornmeal mix.

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Diane said...

mmm sounds delicious. I wonder if the same recipe will work on green fried tomatoes??? Batter seems to slip off of them too.
Thanks for the recipe...gotta try it soon! Enjoy a outrageous day!

Anne said...

Okra.........yuck. I'd rather have a hoe cake anyday. I do admire your cooking skills though! Anne

Amy said...

I do it the lazy way and buy frozen breaded okra. At least my breading stays on....hee hee....

Kelly or Alex said...

I love okra but can't get it this far north (Maine). I even foolishly tried to grow a few plants. They didn't even come up. It was wishful thinking. The recipe sounds great and your plants are beautiful. I remember how pretty the yellow blooms were.

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Diane@Diane's Place said...

I used this recipe tonight with great results! However, I ended up with about twice as much as I really needed for supper, so next time I'll half that recipe for me and Lamar.

Thanks for sharing the recipe, Donna. xoxoxo