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The best fried okra in the world



Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 | 13 comments


Worlds Best Fried Okra Recipe

Fried okra is my favorite vegetable from the womb.


Before I had eyes to see or a nose to smell or tastebuds to tickle, I’m sure it was my favorite because my mama was Southern born, too.

I’ve made it for years, but it was only in last year’s July Southern Living that I discovered the absolute best recipe for frying okra.  Wouldn’t you know it–it uses the secret ingredient my grandmother always said would make any dish better:

a teaspoon of sugar

Had I just followed Dambarr’s advice, I coulda been makin’ okra perfection for years.

This is pure Southern delicacy.  If you’ve never had it, now is the time to get your Paula Deen on!

Southern Living Buttermilk Fried Okra

  • 1 lb fresh okra, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • Vegetable oil

1.  Stir together okra and buttermilk in a large bowl.  Stir together cornmeal mix and next 3 ingredients in a separate large bowl.  Remove okray from buttermilk, in batches, using a slotted spoon.  Dredge in cornmeal mixture, and place in a wire-mesh strainer.  Shake off excess.

2.  Pour oil to depth of 1 inch into a large, deep cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven; heat to 375°.  Fry okra, in batches, 4 minutes or until golden, turning once.  Drain on paper towels.

–> The sugar in the cornmeal coating caramelizes as the okra cooks, creating a crisp, golden crust.

God bless Southern Living.  Amen.


*Note:  I rarely keep buttermilk in the house so I use a substitution; to one cup of warmed milk add either:

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice OR
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar OR
  • 1-3/4 tablespoons of cream of tartar

Stir and let stand 5-10 minutes.



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Posted by on Jan 31, 2009 | 30 comments

{Originally posted on 1/25/08.

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It may be little more than a ploy to sell her "Southern Spice Rub" and "Hot Sauce", but this recipe definitely looks like something I need to try. 

Oooo, and if YOU want to try it, I’ll give you the email promo code that was attached for 20% off anything in her store–PDEB125.

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Enjoy this little clip of vintage Paula…if you aren’t already familiar with her, you’ll get a kick out of it…if you ARE already familiar with her, you will, too ;).

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MMmmmm…even as my fingers click keyboard, I’m smellin’ some might fine Bacon-Tomato cups, recipe to be posted tomorrow.


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