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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!

Serve Fried Okra with Hush Puppies at a Fish Fry or Shrimp Boil

(Post modified with new photos on 6/26/23.)

Fried okra has become one of my favorite fried foods, possible second to French fries!

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 of Fried Potatoes, Macaroni with Tomatoes, Black Eyed Peas, and Fried Okra 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.

 

 

Who Said Fried Okra is Slimy?

Place Fried Okra on Paper Towels to Drain Excess Fat

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.

And Fried Okra is a great addition to any summer fish fry or shrimp boil.

 

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Ingredients for Fried Okra Bites

See full recipe in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

  • frozen sliced okra (thawed)
  • all-purpose flour
  • large egg
  • hot sauce
  • yellow cornmeal
  • seasoned salt
  • onion salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • peanut oil for frying

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Mix Thawed Okra with Flour

Place partially thawed okra in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with all-purpose flour to cover lightly.

Use frozen okra slices rather than fresh. Slightly thaw in the microwave to the point where flour will stick to it.

In a small bowl, whisk together the large egg and hot sauce (for some heat and flavor).

Add Egg and Hot Sauce to the Floured Okra

Add the egg mixture to the floured okra and carefully stir to coat each piece.

Place Okra Pieces in Gallon Bag to Hake and Mix

Place cornmeal in a plastic gallon bag. Add seasoned salt, onion salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Toss to mix well. Place okra in the bag and shake to coat every  piece.

Deep Fat Frying Okra in Peanut Oil

Heat oil in a Dutch Oven to 350 degrees. Fry okra in small batches until pieces are golden brown. This will only take a few minutes.

It’s important when deep frying to always return oil to your desired temperature between each batch to reduce oily food. In this case, bring the oil back to 350 degrees for crispy okra bites.

Drain Fried Okra on Wire Rack or Paper Towels

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

Serve Fried Okra with Fried Catfish or Boiled Shrimp

This recipe will serve 4-6 people. Serve with Coleslaw and Hush Puppies at your next Shrimp Boil or Fish Fry.

Serving Fried Okra in Pfaltzgraff Farmhouse Hen bowl.

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

Here's a delicious recipe to serve at your next fish fry, shrimp boil, or barbecue. Enjoy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 6

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Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
    Defrost frozen okra just enough for flour to stick to it 1-2 minutes.

Prepare the Okra

  • Place okra in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with all-purpose flour to cover lightly.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the large egg and hot sauce. Add egg mixture to the floured okra and carefully stir to coat each piece.
  • Place cornmeal in a gallon freezer bag. Add seasoned salt, onion salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.

Fry the Okra Bites

  • Scoop okra into the bag and shake until coated.
  • Heat peanut oil in a Dutch Oven to 350 degrees. Fry okra in batches until pieces are golden brown. Return oil to 350 degrees between each batch.
  • Drain on paper towels or wire rack. Sprinkle with more seasoned salt as desired. Serves 4-6.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 543IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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