The best fried okra you will ever eat contains just 4 ingredients. Read on for the magic!
I’m going to go ahead and be bold today and put this out there: This recipe for fried okra is THE EASIEST and THE BEST recipe for fried okra. Yep. I said it. Sometimes the easiest way really is the best way my friends. I promise you will not be able to stop eating these little golden nuggets of goodness!
Fried okra has always been one of my favorite sides and something we had regularly growing up. My granny would make them for one of her epic suppers she would cook for us when we came to visit. I don’t know her recipe but I know she liked the Moss product brand so that is what I’m using today. My fried okra recipe is so simple because I use seafood breader in place of a mix of cornmeal and spices. I just add a little salt and pepper and it’s ready to go!
My husband’s favorite side is definitely fried okra so he was more than happy to stand by and do the frying! The process is super quick. You chop up your okra, dip several at a time into buttermilk (get them really good and coated) and then you dredge them in the seafood breader, salt/pepper mixture. I get them really nice and coated so they’re extra crispy and then into the hot oil they go!
You only need about an inch of vegetable oil in the frying skillet and you’ll know it’s hot enough when you can toss a little amount of the breader in and it begins to sizzle. Add a few pieces of okra at a time and turn once during frying to get them crispy on both sides. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain and that is it!
Now you don’t need to dip these since they are so good by themselves but I love a good dip so I threw together a “comeback” or “fry” sauce to go with these and I’ve included the recipe for that as well.
Have fun enjoying and sharing fried okra. It will go fast! Let me know what you think by commenting below or tagging #allthekingsmorsels and @allthekingsmorsels on social media!
Easy 4-ingredient fried okra with a yummy dipping sauce.
- 1 lb okra, tops and ends removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups seafood breader (add some salt and pepper)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- vegetable oil, for frying, about an inch
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp seasoned salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp apple cider or white vinegar
- dash hot sauce
- splash dill pickle juice (optional)
Remove tops and ends of okra and chop into bite-sized pieces
Add buttermilk to a large bowl
Add seafood breader (add some salt and pepper) to a large bowl
Dip a few okra into the buttermilk and then dredge in the seafood mixture and coat well in both bowls
Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat using about an inch of oil
Add okra in batches, turning once during frying
Once golden on both sides remove (using a metal spoon) to a plate lined with paper towels to drain
Sprinkle with salt before serving
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Store leftovers in refrigerator.