• 82 Ratings

This Southern favorite tastes delicious fried.



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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large shallow bowl, whisk together egg whites and 2 tablespoons cold water. Add okra, and toss to coat completely.

  • Combine cornmeal, flour, cayenne,1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoonground pepper; divide between twoshallow bowls. Lift half the okrafrom egg mixture, letting excess drainoff; add to cornmeal mixture in onebowl, and toss to coat evenly. Repeatwith remaining okra, adding it tosecond bowl.

  • In a deep 12-inch cast-iron skillet,heat oil to 375 degrees on a deep-frythermometer. Carefully place halfthe okra in oil. Gently stir pieces(without disturbing coating). Cookuntil golden brown, 3 to 6 minutes;adjust heat as needed to keepoil temperature between 300 and350 degrees. With a slotted spoon, transferokra to a paper-towel-lined bakingsheet to drain.

  • Return oil to 375 degrees; repeat with remaining okra. Season with salt, and serve with hot sauce, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Using egg whites instead of whole eggs results in a lighter, crispier coating. A cast-iron skillet works best, but any heavy skillet will do. Look for cornmeal in the baking section of your supermarket. Be sure not to buy a mix, which may contain flour and other ingredients.


82 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 33
  • 2 star values: 20
  • 1 star values: 2