Fried Okra Bites

Fried Okra Bites

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Fried Okra Bites is a great dish to serve at your next fish fry, shrimp boil, or barbecue. 

Small pieces of okra that have a crispy cornmeal coating laced with seasoned salt and garlic. So good!

The first time I tried fried okra was at Lambert’s Cafe in Ozark, Missouri. This restaurant is world-famous for their thrown rolls, where waiters literally throw hot, fresh-from-the-oven dinner rolls to you halfway across the room. Customers sit at tables or booths and order their main entree. Extra side dishes are then served throughout the dinner “family-style” for anyone to try. Over and over again. Trust me, you will not leave this place hungry. Their side dishes include: Fried Potatoes, Macaroni with Tomatoes, Black Eyed Peas, and Fried Okra.

Who Said Fried Okra is Slimy?

For someone who spent her first 50 years having never tasted okra, I was shocked at how much I loved it! My grandma used to make it when I was a girl, but I always turned up my nose, because my mom told me it was slimy. Yuck. Who wants to eat slimy food?

My middle daughter is the same way. She scrunches up her nose and lets the plate of okra pass right by her.

Okay, I admit, okra can be slimy. But it doesn’t have to be! In fact probably only one out of ten times has someone said my okra was slimy. Personally, I think it was all in their head.

Follow These Simple Steps:

Use frozen okra slices rather than fresh. Slightly thaw in the microwave, to the point where flour will stick to it. Sprinkle flour over it and toss. Add to this a beaten egg with hot sauce (for some heat and taste). Stir just to coat.

Place flour and seasonings in a gallon bag. Add okra to it and shake to coat every piece.

Place okra in hot oil at 400 degrees, and fry until golden brown.

Remove okra from oil using a wire strainer and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with more seasoning salt if desired. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Please don’t wait 50 years before you try Fried Okra Bites. I’d hate for you to miss out on such a wonderful thing. And if you ever have a chance to eat at Lambert’s Cafe, I highly recommend it!

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Fried Okra Bites

Fried Okra Bites

Here's a delicious recipe to serve at your next fish fry, shrimp boil, or barbecue. Enjoy!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Deep Fried, Fried Foods, Okra
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


Glass Mixing Bowls
Dutch Oven
Wire Strainer



  • Place okra in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with flour to cover lightly. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and hot sauce. Add egg mixture to okra and carefully stir to coat each piece.
  • Place cornmeal in a zippered bag. Add salt, onion salt, and black pepper. Mix well. Place okra in the bag and shake until coated.
  • Heat oil in Dutch Oven to 400 degrees. Fry okra in batches until pieces are golden brown. Return oil to 400 degrees between each batch. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with more seasoned salt as desired. Serves 4-6.
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