I’ll be honest. I do not like okra. I don’t even like it fried. I refused to try this recipe. I mostly made it as was suggested. But, others liked it, especially the southerners. It turned out well, just not my kind of food (I don’t like it’s slimyness…). So, for those that like okra, here’s the recipe for vegan fried okra. Measurements, as usual, are guesstimated.
- 9 cups of flour
- 1 cup of cornmeal
- 1/3 cup of corn starch
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- parsley flakes
- 2-3 tsp salt
- 9 cups of okra
- a lot of oil
- Combine first 3 ingredients.
- Dash on onion powder, a little less garlic powder, and dash on parsley flakes.
- Add salt.
- Mix well until thoroughly combined.
- Add okra. Mix well until okra is covered evenly (or as close to evenly as possible).
- Pour oil into a deep frying pan, filling the deep frying pan about 1/2 inch.
- Heat oil.
- While oil is heating, prepare a deck pan, oven pans, or large bowl by laying down paper towels inside to soak up oil.
- When oil is hot, lower heat (if it was on high) to about medium.
- Scoop out some of the okra until the pan is loosely filled with a single layer of okra.
- Fry until golden brown and crispy, then use a long handled-slotted spoon (preferably metal, and it’s best not to use those coated n0nstick pans, but to use instead a pan that won’t break down if scratched by a metal spoon) to turn over the okra and fry the other side until golden brown and crispy. Time may vary, and the longer the oil is on the stove, the shorter the cook time will be, so keep an eye on your okra. I hover over the pan most of the time while frying the okra.
- Use the slotted spoon to remove the okra from the pan and add it to the prepared deck pan, bowl, or whatever you are using.
- Repeat steps 10-12 until all okra is gone. You may need to add more. Change the oil if it gets full of charred black flour, or too much flour, or if the oil burns and/or smokes. I recommend pouring the oil into a metal bowl or something similar until it has cooled, and then dispose of it.
Serve fresh. Makes about 9 cups of fried okra.