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Pan Fried Okra

There are so many ways to cook okra, but frying is one of the most common ways to prepare this delicious and versatile veggie. Pan-frying okra with cornmeal and a couple of spices creates a crispy and easy meal or side without using as much oil as deep-frying. If you have the time, make a quick dipping sauce for added deliciousness. Follow this few-ingredient recipe for pan-fried okra!



  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound fresh okra, ends trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup fine-ground cornmeal or corn flour
  • pinch of cayenne pepper


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

Add the okra to the pan and stir until it's coated with oil.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 8 minutes, until the okra is bright green, removing the lid and stirring occasionally.

Season the okra with salt and pepper.

Stir the cornmeal and cayenne into the okra, mixing until every piece is coated.

Pour the remaining oil into the pan.

Fry the okra, stirring occasionally, for 5 more minutes, until it's golden brown.


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Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.