Homemade Fried Okra

Growing up in Texas, my childhood included a lot of delicious food. My mom, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, knew how to cook it all, and my love for fried okra started young.

Recently, my family and I visited a local farm selling fresh okra, so I brought it home and had to fry it up right away! The great thing about frying okra, is that you can adjust the recipe in many ways and change up the flavors whenever you feel like it.

Don’t want to use white flour?…try wheat!

Want to try frying in coconut oil?…You can!

Leave out or add other breading ingredients and make it just the way you want.

Homemade Fried Okra

  • Fresh okra (I used approximately 1 lb.)
  • Oil (Vegetable or Coconut oil work great)
  • 1 Egg
  • Spices for flavor ( 1 tbs. paprika or  1 tbs. garlic powder work well)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal (If you don’t want to use cornmeal, just use another cup of flour)
  • Pinch of Salt

1. Wash your okra, cut off and discard ends. Chop okra in pieces about 1/2 inch thick and place aside.

2. Once all of your okra is cut, in a separate bowl, whisk an egg and add it to your okra chunks.

 3. Make sure your okra chunks are coated well with the egg.

4. In a large Ziploc bag, combine dry ingredients ( flour/cornmeal/spices/salt)
5. Spoon the okra into the bag and shake well, coating all of the chunks.

6. Heat your oil until it is ready..you can test it by adding a chunk of okra and seeing if it begins to fry/bubble adequately.
 7. Fry until done, turning them over after a few minutes, making sure they are evenly cooked.


For this attempt at fried okra, I experimented with using whole wheat flour and cornmeal, but have to admit that I think I like okra made with white flour better. I also tried coconut oil this time, and loved it.

How do you like your okra?

stephanie-bioStephanie loves to blog about all things creative-especially things food and photography related.  Stephanie loves dessert, the color yellow and Italian food the best!
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