Fried okra is a time-honored Southern tradition. Learn how to make this tasty classic in four easy steps.
Recipe: Okra Panzanella
A colorful blend of fried okra, chopped fresh tomatoes, red onion, and fresh basil make Okra Panzanella a delicious choice for a savory Southern dish.
Step 1: Combine Okra and Buttermilk
Combine okra and buttermilk in a large bowl. Combine breading mixture in a pie plate or large bowl. Remove okra from buttermilk with a slotted spoon.
Step 2: Add to Breading Mixture
Add okra to breading mixture, dredging gently.
Step 3: Strain Okra
Place okra in a wire-mesh strainer to shake off excess cornmeal mixture.
Step 4: Fry Okra
Fry okra, in batches, in hot oil in a large Dutch oven or deep skillet.
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