Crispy Fried Okra Recipe

Recipe developer Susan Olayinka brings us this crispy fried okra recipe. If you're not familiar with it, okra is a plant that is popular in Southern American cooking and high in nutrients like antioxidants, according to Healthline. Many people get their first taste of okra in gumbo, though there are many ways to enjoy it, and this fried variation is just a single example. You could toss it in a stew or even pickle okra — the possibilities are endless!

When cooking vegetables, Olayinka swears by the most humble of ingredients: salt. She notes that "salt is the secret to make any vegetable taste great!" Olayinka adds that while simple, "this is probably a Friday night or weekend dish" since you'll be frying up the okra. If frying in your kitchen intimidates you, don't worry — this easy recipe will guide you through the process. In less than 10 minutes, you can fry up perfectly crispy okra that makes for the perfect snack.

Gather your ingredients for crispy fried okra

For this recipe, you will need fresh okra, vegetable oil, salt, and black pepper. That's it!

Prepare the okra

To start, you will need to prepare the okra. First, wash the fresh okra in a colander in the sink. Then, cut off the top and the tail of each piece.

Slice and season the okra

Now, slice the okra into ½-inch thick pieces. Place the sliced okra into a medium-sized bowl and season with salt and pepper, then give this mixture a toss to combine.

Fry the okra

Place a large skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and cook until shimmering. Add the okra to the hot skillet in a single layer, and make sure to not overcrowd the okra so that it can evenly cook. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then flip each okra piece. Continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Then remove from the oil once golden and crispy.

This crispy okra makes for a great side dish or snack, though Olayinka notes that it also "pairs really well with any type of grain like rice."

Crispy Fried Okra Recipe
5 from 27 ratings
This crispy fried okra recipe comes together quickly and makes for the perfect snack.
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crispy okra
Total time: 6 minutes
  • 6 ounces fresh okra
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  1. To prepare the okra, rinse it thoroughly and slice off the top and tail.
  2. Slice the okra into approximately ½-inch thick pieces.
  3. Place the okra into a mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is hot and shimmering. Add the okra to the pan in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd it. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it is golden brown and crispy.
Calories per Serving 148
Total Fat 13.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
Total Sugars 1.3 g
Sodium 230.4 mg
Protein 1.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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