Homemade Fried Okra Southern Style
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  • 1-2 cups fresh okra
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk or regular milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (I used self rising b/c I was out of all purpose)
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ tsp salt & pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  1. Pour ½ inch oil in skillet, on medium high heat.
  2. Wash okra thoroughly, pat dry.
  3. Slice the okra into equal cylinder shaped pieces, if it is too tough to cut, throw it away.
  4. In a bowl crack one egg, whip with a fork then add one cup of buttermilk (you can use milk if you don’t have buttermilk – I did).
  5. Stir well to mix, then add okra.
  6. On a separate plate add 1 cup of flour, ¼ cup cornmeal, ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper. Stir carefully with a fork to make sure that the flour and cornmeal are thoroughly mixed up.
  7. Use a fork or slotted spoon and move the okra to the flour/cornmeal mixture making sure to drain excess liquid.
  8. Soak for a minimum of 5 minutes or place in fridge and soak up to one hour.
  9. Using your fork, shovel the flour/cornmeal mixture on top of the okra. Continue, until all of the okra is dredged in flour.
  10. Test to make sure your oil is hot by dropping a pinch of flour into the pan.
  11. If it immediately sizzles you are good to go.
  12. If it floats to the bottom and sits there all sad, wait a couple of minutes and try again.
  13. When the oil is hot, carefully place each piece of okra in skillet to prevent okra from cooking in clumps.
  14. When you start to see the the okra brown around the sides like in the picture above, flip over.
  15. When both sides are golden brown, remove with slotted spoon and drain on a plate covered with paper towels.
  16. Lightly salt while it is still very hot.
  17. Enjoy! Sooooo yummy!
Recipe by Kasey Trenum at http://kaseytrenum.com/homemade-fried-okra-southern-style/