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Southern Fried Okra Recipe

This Southern Fried Okra Recipe features fresh okra breaded in a flavorful coating then fried until golden creating a perfect crunchy texture!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes


  • 12 oz fresh okra cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • oil for frying


  • Season okra with salt and pepper.
  • Add eggs to a separate small bowl.
  • Combine flour, cornmeal, seasoned bread crumbs, paprika and cayenne into another small bowl and whisk together.
  • Begin by dipping okra into cornmeal and flour coating.
  • Next add okra to eggs coating on all sides. Lastly dip back into the coating and set aside okra on baking sheet.
  • Repeat dredging process until all okra is ready.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Fry okra until golden brown and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.


You can absolutely use frozen okra that has been thawed out. The most important thing to remember is to keep the texture intact.