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jen's deep fried cajun okra

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jennifer J
Seattle, WA

My family loves okra! Whether it is boiled, fried, or mixed in a dish, we love it! This dish has a Southern flavor with a hint of Cajun and is great dipped in ranch.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If you like fried okra, you have to try this recipe. Dipping the okra in buttermilk first and then breading it, gives it an extra crunchy texture once fried. The Creole seasoning delivers a nice kick of spicy flavor. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or simply eat the okra as-is. Yum!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For jen's deep fried cajun okra

  • 1-2 lb
    whole or cut okra, fresh or frozen
  • 5 c
    canola oil, for frying
  • 1 c
    yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/2 c
  • 4-6 dash
    hot pepper sauce

How To Make jen's deep fried cajun okra

  • Sliced okra in a bowl.
    If using whole fresh okra, wash it thoroughly, drain, and cut the stems off. You can slice them in half length-wise or slice them into 1/2-inch rounds. Frozen cut okra saves time. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  • Heating oil in a cast iron skillet.
    Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with the oil.) Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
    In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
  • Buttermilk and hot sauce in a bowl.
    In a separate bowl, add buttermilk and hot pepper sauce. Whisk together.
  • Dredged okra in a bowl.
    Dip the okra in the buttermilk and then dredge in the cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well.
  • Frying the okra.
    Carefully add the okra to the HOT oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry in batches.)
  • Fried okra on paper towels.
    Remove the okra from the oil, drain on paper towels, and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.