The first time I tried fried okra was at Lambert's Cafe in Ozark, Missouri. Here's a delicious homemade recipe using whole fresh okra and served with a yummy ranch dip. Make some for your family today!
12 oz. fresh okra
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Cajon Spice - Recipe Here
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning - Recipe Here
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot sauce
To make the Ranch Dip, in small bowl mix together sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch seasoning, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Set aside until ready to use.
In a large bowl, soak fresh okra in buttermilk, enough to cover. Allow to soak for 10-15 minutes. On a large plate, stir together flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, seasoned salt, and black pepper. Dredge wet okra in the flour mixture until well-coated. I pressed and rolled the mixture around the okra and it seemed to hold together very well. Prepare 7-10 at a time to boil.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven to 350 degrees, using a fry/candy thermometer to ensure that the temperature stays consistent. Cool okra in the hot oil until crispy and light golden brown, about 3-4 minutes, gently turning after 2 minutes or so. Remove fried okra with a slotted spoon and drain on baking sheet lined with paper towels. Season with Cajon Spice and keep warm in a 200 degree preheated oven until all are done. Repeat as needed. Serve with Ranch Dip. Serves 4-6.
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