jen's deep fried cajun okra

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Jennifer J
Seattle, WA

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

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

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★★★★★ 3
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For jen's deep fried cajun okra

  • 1-2 lb
    okra, fresh or frozen (whole or cut)
  • 5 c
    canola oil, for frying
  • 1 c
    yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp
    Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 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 thoroughly, drain, and cut 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 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 oil.) Get a cookie sheet and line with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
    In a medium bowl, combine 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 okra in buttermilk and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well.
  • Frying the okra.
    Carefully add okra to the HOT oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in batches.)
  • Fried okra on paper towels.
    Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and then serve immediately with favorite dipping sauce.