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Southern Buttermilk Fried Okra



  • 12 lbs fresh okra
  • 2 cups of buttermilk OR 2 cups of milk + 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 34 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups corn meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • cooking oil


  1. Pour enough oil in a deep skillet so that it’s about 1 inch deep.
  2. Preheat the oil to medium heat.
  3. Wash and chop okra into 3/4 inch – 1 inch pieces.
  4. Combine flour, cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a bowl until well mixed.
  5. Pour buttermilk into separate bowl (or pour milk and lemon juice and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes).
  6. Add a handful of okra into the milk until coated, then transfer to the breading and tumble around until well coated.
  7. Check to make sure oil is hot.
  8. Add enough okra to form one layer. Watch and let it fry for a few minutes until it is golden brown. (Mine cooked in 4-5 minutes)
  9. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to soak up any excess oil.
  10. Serve immediatel

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