Fried okra

    30 min

    This is a traditional dish in the American South. Okra is dredged in seasoned polenta, then fried until golden. Worth a try if you can find fresh okra.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 10 pods okra, sliced in bite-size pieces
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 150g (5 oz) polenta
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 100ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a small bowl, soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine polenta, salt and pepper.
    2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Dredge okra in the polenta mixture, coating evenly. Carefully place okra in hot oil; stir continuously. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden. Drain on kitchen roll.

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    Lordy, I'm laughin' at some of these reviews. I laughed harder when I saw this under the American category. We don't use polenta in fried okrie! That's too high falutin for those o' us down south that don't have time to gather all kind o' stuff. Stick to the basics and you'll be fine. Someone mentioned that this is "not very healthy." Hon, we fried butter at the last Texas State Fair. Now THAT ain't healthy, but neither is beer and you ain't takin' that from me. So, back to this here recipe. Don't be usin no frozen bagged okrie. That stuff'll choke ya and it ain't got a lick o' flavor to it. Personally, down south we use corn meal on our okrie and just a bit o' flour. Salt it up nice and good and dip them little jewels in some egg. Drop 'em in a baggie of corn meal and flour and then fry 'em up. Wooo-weee you got yourself a mess o' good down home fried okra. You can also use the same method with your eggplant and zukes. Darn, I'm givin' myself a powerful cravin'. Thank ya kindly for sharin' this recipe.  -  13 Aug 2011


    I used 1 part corn meal, 2 part bread crumbs, and 3-4 part instant mashed potato's. Egg n milk mixture. It was very good. I suggest using instant mashed potato to coat a lot of your fried foods. I got turned onto to it at a friends very successful halibut restaurant here in Alaska and its a brilliant idea. So tastey.  -  26 Jan 2018


    polenta is cornmeal! or am i missing something. very nice though.  -  20 Jun 2012