Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora
Okra is originally from West Africa, for it was introduced to the American South by the Atlantic Slave trade. Traditional African-American recipes mix okra with tomatoes, lima beans and corn. Find them in soups or stews such as gumbo and jambalaya. In this recipe, okra is fried in a cornmeal batter. Like many fried dishes, enjoy this recipe sparingly. I recommend frying the okra in cold-pressed sunflower or grape seed oil for a clean and neutral taste. Instead of eating fried okra by itself, try adding Fried Cornmeal Okra in a salad of romaine lettuce, corn, tomatoes, green bell peppers and grilled chicken.
Fried Cornmeal Okra
Originally published on MyLifeRunsOnFood.com.
Cold-Pressed sunflower or grape seed oil; as needed
1/2-cup organic yellow cornmeal
Sea Salt and fresh black pepper; as needed
Ground cayenne pepper; as needed
1 to 2 lb. fresh okra
1. Add oil to a skillet until it has a depth of about 1/2 inch. Preheat oil over medium-high temperature.
2. Mix the cornmeal, flour, sea salt, fresh black pepper and cayenne pepper in a medium size bowl. Whisk the egg in another medium size bowl.
3. Slice okra into 1/2 inch pieces. Discard stem and end parts.
4. Place the okra into the egg mix and make sure each piece is generously coated.
5. Add the okra pieces to the cornmeal-flour mix. Make sure each piece is generously coated.
6. Working in batches, add okra to the skillet when the oil is about 375°F.
7. Fry until the bottom of the okra is golden brown. Turn the okra over to cook the other side.
8. Remove okra to a paper-towel lined plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Repeat with the other okra until there is none left.