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Southern Pan Fried Okra Recipe | Grandbaby Cakes
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Fried Okra Recipe - How to Fry Okra

This Classic Southern Fried Okra Recipe features fresh okra breaded in the most flavorful coating then fried until golden brown creating a perfect crunchy texture! This is one of the best okra recipes around!!!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 169kcal


  • 12 ounces fresh okra cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne go up if you enjoy the spice
  • 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.



I love to start with fresh okra however you can absolutely use frozen okra that has been thawed out.  The most important thing to remember is to keep the texture intact. 


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg