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Okra Recipes

A recipe to get great taste from Okra with very little effort.

The Okra is sliced and then dredged in seasoned cornmeal after which it is fried to crispy perfection... Just the way Mom used to make it

None of this sliminess people go on about.

Shows you that those people in Africa, Asia and the Southern USA know what they're talking about when they say Okra's a great tasting little vegetable.


1 lb young Okra pods
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tbsp Salt.
2 pints ice water
oil for frying
salt and pepper for seasoning, to taste

To Fry the Okra

Top and tail the Okra pods, ie cut off the ends.
Cut the pods into approximately 1/4 inch rounds.

Place the sliced Okra into a glass or stainless steel bowl and sprinkle the salt liberally over the pods.

Cover the pods with the iced water, making sure that all the slices are under water.
Place the bowl containing the Okra and water in a refrigerator and leave for 2 or more hours.

Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and drain off the salt water.

Season the cornmeal with the salt and pepper

Place the sliced Okra together with the seasoned cornmeal in a large plastic bag and shake until the vegetable is well coated with the cornmeal.

Heat some oil (1/2 inch deep) in a frying pan until it begins to shimmer. Place the Okra in the pan and fry until crisp and brown.

Remove the Okra from the oil, using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Serve the Fried Okra hot as a side dish

This is probably the most basic recipe contained on this website. This fact does not make Fried Okra any less tasty.

For more easy yet delicious OKRA RECIPES click on the links which are provided at the bottom of this webpage or make use of the menu to access them

This Fried Okra recipe is not from the African Recipes Cookbook, which contains a number of traditional African Okra recipes.

THANKS!... Africhef


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