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A serving plate of fried okra garnished with parsley.

Fried Okra

This fried okra recipe is fresh sliced okra coated in buttermilk and a seasoned cornmeal mixture, then deep fried to golden brown perfection. A classic side dish or appetizer option that's easy to make and totally delicious!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 185kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 pound fresh okra pods
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley optional


  • Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot to 375 degrees F.
  • Remove the stem ends of the okra. Slice each okra pod into 3/4 inch thick pieces.
  • Place the okra slices in a bowl along with the buttermilk; toss to coat evenly.
  • Place the flour, cornmeal, salt, paprika garlic powder and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Dredge each piece of okra in the flour mixture, making sure it's coated evenly. Repeat the process with the remaining okra pieces.
  • Fry 10 pieces of okra at a time for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with parsley if desired, then serve.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 1227mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg