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Course: Sides & Salads
Keyword: Fried, Sides, Southern, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Wet Fried Okra

Wet Fried Okra

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
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  • 1 pound okra, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt

Specialized Hardware

Candy/fry thermometer
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • Cut the okra into 1/4-inch pieces and place into a colander. Rinse under cold water and allow to drain only slightly.
  • Place the cornmeal into a sealable ziptop bag. Add the okra and shake to coat thoroughly.
  • Add enough vegetable oil to a cast-iron or stainless-steel skillet in order to completely cover the bottom of the pan. Place over medium heat and heat until the oil reaches 370ºF on a candy/fry thermometer. Add the okra all at once and fry until golden brown on 1 side, 6 to 7 minutes. Do not disturb until the bottom is golden brown. Turn the okra with a spatula and do not disturb until the majority of the other side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Now, stir occasionally until all of the okra is golden on all sides, another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the okra from the pan with a slotted spoon or spatula to a wire rack set over a paper towel-lined half-sheet pan. Season, to taste, with salt and allow to cool for 1 to 2 minutes before serving.
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