Here's how we know this recipe is a winner: fresh okra and bacon grease. Those two tasty ingredients, along with cornmeal and Kosher salt, create a deliciously crunchy and flavorful dish. There's no denying fried okra is a quintessentially Southern food. It often makes an appearance alongside creamed corn, tomato-cucumber salad, and pork chops. It's the ideal crispy side to any summer plate. What's special about this fried okra recipe, you may ask? The okra is thinly sliced and pan-fried, resulting in a crumbly, golden brown treat. It will instantly elevate your main dish, giving it a textured finish. With only 4 ingredients and less than 25 minutes of cook time, this fried okra recipe is quick and easy.  Here's a tip: after stirring the okra, be sure to let it sit. This will help it brown to perfection. Give this pan-fried okra recipe a try at your next summer cookout or family dinner party, and we guarantee your guests will be delighted.

Southern Living


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22 mins


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  • Heat 2 tablespoons bacon grease in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add okra to hot grease, stirring until liquid begins to seep out from okra. Stir in cornmeal to coat okra. Fry, stirring often, until crisp and very brown, about 15-20 minutes, adding more bacon grease to pan to help crisp if needed.