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I posted a picture of the fried okra I made for dinner last night with the caption “Fried Okra just makes me happy!” By the response it got, I would guess that it makes many of you happy too. My mom always tells the story that when I was little and we would go out to eat at Golden Corral I would practically only eat the fried okra.
If you don’t want to hassle with it you can find breaded okra in the freezer section at many grocery stores. I on the other hand prefer to make it myself for a few reasons.
- I like to make it gluten free and dairy free for the whole family to enjoy
- I usually grow okra in the garden and this is a perfect way to use it.
- I just like to know how my food is made and prefer not to by processed food if I don’t have to.
If you are like me and would like to make it yourself. Here is the best recipe you will find. This stuff will knock your socks off. I am simple. I just like to eat it with a little salt, but if you like your okra with ranch, you can make your own with this homemade ranch dressing mix.
- oil for frying
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup Corn Starch
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 pounds fresh okra sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1/2 cup milk any type
Pre-heat oil in a fryer, large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. You want it about an inch or 2 deep. Just enough to cover the okra
In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, cornstarch, and seasonings.
Dip okra in milk ( I used plain almond milk) and then dredge in cornmeal mixture to coat well.
Carefully add okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown. Careful not to over crowd. You may have to fry in batches.
Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, salt, and then serve immediately.Gluten Free
Make sure you are using a gluten free cornmealDairy Free
Use a dairy free milk alternative such as almond, soy, etc.