Fried Okra


Fresh okra pods are sliced and coated in seasoned cornmeal, then fried until golden and crispy in this simple Southern classic! Add a pinch of ground cayenne pepper to the cornmeal for a touch of heat, if you like.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

In need of a little Southern comfort? You're in luck! This fried okra recipe, wonderfully crispy and never slimy, is just the ticket.

Fried Okra Ingredients

You can fry okra at home with just a few ingredients you may already have on hand. If not, here's what to add to your grocery list:

You'll need 10 okra pods sliced into ¼-inch pieces. Buy smooth, bright green pods that feel firm, but not hard.

A beaten egg keeps the okra moist and gives the cornmeal something to stick to during the frying process.

Cornmeal is to thank for this fried okra's pleasant crunch.

This fried okra is simply seasoned with salt and pepper. For a hint of heat, add a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper.

Vegetable oil has a high smoke point, so it's perfect for frying okra to crispy perfection.

How to Make Fried Okra

Fried Okra slices
Gem Smith

Restaurant-worthy fried okra is within reach — you just need to follow a series of simple steps. You'll find the full recipe below, but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Dredge the Okra

Soak the okra in a beaten egg. Meanwhile, combine the cornmeal and seasonings in a small bowl. Dredge the egg-soaked okra in cornmeal, coating completely.

Fry the Okra

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place the dredged okra in the oil, stirring continuously, and reduce the heat when it starts to brown. Cook until golden and drain on paper towels.

How to Store Fried Okra

Store fried okra in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat in the oven for the crispiest results.

Can You Freeze Fried Okra?

It's best to freeze fried okra before frying. Just dredge the egg-soaked okra in cornmeal and arrange it in a single layer on a baking sheet. Flash freeze until frozen solid, then transfer to a zip-top freezer bag. Wrap the bag in a layer of aluminum foil for extra protection against freezer burn.

When you're ready to cook, simply fry the okra from frozen.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I don't live down South anymore, but this recipe brings back the memories of my grandmother's fried okra," raves ROOKIE COOKIE.

"Quick and delicious," according to Joy. "It's a go-to recipe when okra from the garden is picked. Light batter lets the flavor of the okra shine through."

"Perfect," says hmmrav10. "I will only use this recipe for my okra. Also it works so well on fried green beans! Light and just enough crunch.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 10 pods okra, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup vegetable oil


  1. In a small bowl, soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Okra soaking in egg in a large bowl.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  2. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper.

    Cornmeal, salt and pepper mixed together in a bowl.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge okra in the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly.

    Okra dredged in the cornmeal mixture.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  4. Carefully place okra in hot oil; stir continuously. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden. Drain on paper towels.

    a top down view of okra on a tray lined with paper towels, fried till perfectly golden-brown.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

    overhead view looking into a bowl of fried okra


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
29g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 115mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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