Fritter-Fried Okra - my absolute favorite okra!

August 1, 2011

Nothing says summer southern cooking like okra!  Well ... maybe fresh peaches ... or sweet tea ... or tomato pie - but let's stick with okra for right now.  And this fritter-fried okra is my absolute favorite way to enjoy fresh okra.

I learned this method from my mother-in-law.  After eight years of requesting fritter-fried okra every time Mark and I go to visit her, I've finally started making my own.  Though I still request it at her house, too, of course!!

To make this, start by slicing up fresh okra - into about 1/4" to 1/2" thick pieces.

Fresh okra
Then mix up what is pretty much a pancake batter.  Toss the okra slices in the batter ... the batter won't completely cover all the slices, but that's okay.  It'll look about like this:

Batter'ed up!
Drop it into a frying pan, very much like you would pancakes.  Let it get golden brown on the first side and then ...

Is it hot in here, or it just me?
... flip it over!  Let the second side get golden brown, and then start breaking the okra up and stirring it around to make sure all the batter gets cooked.
Golden brown & ready to flip
Now, here's a beautiful thing about this preparation - you can eat it immediately, or put it up in the freezer to have all winter long!  When I'm going to put it up in the freezer, I spread it out on baking sheets to cool.  Then, I pack it in freezer bags and chill it completely in the refrigerator before popping it in the freezer.

Just chillin'

When you take it out of the freezer, ya know, during the middle of January when you're longing for beautiful weather and a taste of summer produce, thaw it and heat it up in a skillet.  Then enjoy your from-the-summer treat! 

Fritter-Fried Okra
Source:  My mother-in-law
(Printable recipe)
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. baking powder
1/3 c. milk
2 eggs, well-beaten
5 c. sliced okra, about 1/4" to 1/2" thick
Canola oil to coat pan

1.  Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.  Add beaten eggs and milk, beating until smooth.  Add okra, stirring until coated.

2.  Spoon okra into hot oil in a large skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.  Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do multiple batches.  You don't want to crowd the pan.

3.  If freezing, cool in a single layer on baking sheets.  Package in freezer bags or sealable plastic containers; freeze.  When ready to serve, thaw and reheat in a little hot oil in a skillet on the stove.



  1. What a great idea. I love fresh okra but have always been disappointed in frozen and off season... Will give this a try


  2. OH WOW! I love okra--especially fresh and fried! =) I'm gonna try this for sure!

  3. Oh my GOSH, this sounds amazing!!!!! Now I must hunt down fresh okra.

  4. a real southern treat 8-)
    I'm a new follower from the Tuesday food hop.

  5. WOW!!!! I do have a question about this recipe, though...
    Where was I on this day? I would drop everything for this! HA ;)
    Seriously, this looks amazing!

  6. How darn cool! I have to try this out.

  7. Hello from It's a Keeper Thursday! I had to do the same thing with my MIL. And, every once in a while, I'll add some corn meal to the batter, just to switch it around. The big problem is, once I get it made, I don't want to share it with anyone! Bad me... Come visit when you can.

  8. This looks great! Thanks so much for sharing it at Savory Sunday!! Have a great week!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    I hope to see you there!

  10. Hi! I wanted to let you know I included this recipe in my harvest recipe roundup. Thanks!

  11. Hi! I wanted to let you know I included this recipe in my harvest recipe roundup. Thanks!


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