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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: few seconds
Okra is something I would never have tried if it wasn't for having a taste off of someone else's plate. The hype from everything I'd read indicated to me that I was supposed to hate it, but I've learned that if prepared properly it's a more than worthy Southern side dish.
1 lb fresh okra (the smaller pods are preffered 2 tsp salt 2 cups cornmeal (or 1/2 flour and 1/2 cornmeal) light oil
Soak okra in ice-cold water with salt for 15 minutes. Drain and then cut into thin ring pieces.
Place about 3 inches of oil in an electric pan or deep fryer to about 360 degrees.
Coat pieces of okra in cornmeal, and then fry until golden brown. This does not take long at all so watch the pan carefully.
Fried okra is best served fresh rather than reheated (in my humble opinion).
You can spice up the cornmeal if you'd like with a little salt and pepper, and if you like a little heat, add a little cayenne pepper to the cornmeal.