Southern fried okra


  • 1 pound fresh okra
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 to 6 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • oil for deep frying


Wash okra and drain thoroughly. Cut off ends of the okra then cut okra crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce; add okra and stir to coat all pieces well. In a shallow dish, combine cornmeal, salt and cayenne pepper, if using. Dip okra pieces into cornmeal mixture to coat well. Heat oil in the deep fryer to 370° to 375°. Fry okra in batches until browned, about 4 to 6 minutes for each batch. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. Serves 4.