Another of my FAVORITE vegetables. Okra gets a bad rap by some people (the unenlightened) for being "slimy" or "yucky." But cooked properly okra is one of the most delicious vegetables.
To fry okra I have always used the trim the ends and cut into slices method. But last night I decided to only trim the stem end and fry them whole. Fast, easy and with the same great okra taste that I love. I fried these in the deep fryer and it worked perfectly.
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup self-rising corn meal (seasoned with salt and pepper)
Preheat oil to 375 degrees.
Wash and pat dry the okra. Remove the stem end. Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl and put a few okra pods at a time in the buttermilk.
Remove the okra and dredge in the cornmeal. Fry about 8 - 10 pods at a time, depending on the size of your deep fryer. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
It's best to let the okra rest for a few minutes before eating. Otherwise, the okra pods will slip out of their crust! Yes, I know this from experience. :)