fried okra finished on plate

The Best Southern Fried Okra

This easy recipe for fried okra is made without buttermilk, and without cornmeal. Fried in coconut oil, it's a healthier option for this classic Southern recipe! Learn how to make the best fried okra today!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Fried Okra, Fried Okra Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs fresh okra
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups flour (we use einkorn)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups oil for frying (we use coconut oil)


  1. Cut okra and discard the tops, place cut okra in medium bowl.

  2. Beat egg in a small bowl, then pour over cut okra. Mix well, until all pieces are coated in egg.

  3. Remove okra from bowl and place 2 handfuls at a time in the flour mixture. Mix well to coat each piece completely in flour.

  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pain to 350°. Remove okra from flour bowl and drop into hot oil. Fry until golden brown.

  5. Drain fried okra on a paper towel lined plate or tray. Season with salt and pepper to taste.