Buttermilk Fried Okra

Buttermilk Fried Okra
A sprinkling of sugar in the cornmeal coating caramelizes as the okra cooks, creating a crisp, golden crust.


  • 1 pound fresh okra, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Stir together okra and buttermilk in a large bowl.
  2. Stir together cornmeal mix and next 3 ingredients in a separate large bowl.
  3. Remove okra from buttermilk, in batches, using a slotted spoon.
  4. Dredge in cornmeal mixture, and place in a wire-mesh strainer. Shake off excess.
  5. Pour oil to depth of 1 inch into a large, deep cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven; heat to 375°.
  6. Fry okra, in batches, 4 minutes or until golden, turning once.
  7. Drain on paper towels.

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