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Pan Fried Okra

Pan fried okra takes a lot of oil to fry.  You may need to add additional oil while it's cooking so that the okra doesn't stick or burn.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8


  • 2 pounds okra washed, trimmed, and sliced into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup shortening or oil
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Place the okra in a large bowl.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add cornmeal, salt and pepper.  Mix until the okra is coated with the cornmeal.
  • In a cast iron skillet, heat oil or shortening over medium-high heat. Drop a piece of okra in the pan to test the temperature.  The okra will sizzle if the oil is hot.  Add the okra and fry until lightly brown on one side, about 6 minutes.  Turn the okra and fry until lightly brown.  Repeat until all okra is lightly brown. Adjust salt as needed.
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