Cut the Okras. Start by cutting off the stem and tip of the Okras. Then slice them cross-wise into thick 1/2 inch slices and keep them aside.
In a shallow bowl, combine Cornmeal with AP Flour, Garlic powder, Cayenne Pepper, Salt, and Pepper. Keep it aside
Dredge the Chopped Okras. First, dip them in the buttermilk and then coat them with the cornmeal mixture. Shake and dust off the excess.
Place them in the air fryer basket. Brush Olive Oil over the Okras and cook @400F or 200C for 15 minutes. After this, toss with a fork and cook again @400F or 200C for 7 minutes.
Serve these crispy fried Okras with Ranch dressing or Cocktail sauce
If you do not have buttermilk, just combine 1 teaspoon of Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice with 1/2 cup of milk and let it stand for 5 minutes. This will be your DIY Buttermilk.
You can obviously make Southern Fried Okra the traditional way and skip making it in the air fryerAfter you've dredged the Okras, fry them in hot oil until crispy and golden brown. Do not crowd the pan while cooking the Okras. Cook them in batches.Remove the Okras from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and place on parchment paper, so that the excess oil gets soaked out. Serve with ranch dressing or any dip of your choice.
FRIED OKRA WITHOUT CORNMEAL
You can easily skip Cornmeal and just make this recipe using All-Purpose flour.
FRIED OKRA WITH EGGS
For a fluffy and crispy coating, you can break in eggs in the buttermilk bowl, mix them together using a fork and dip the Okras in the egg buttermilk mixture and then again in the cornmeal mixture and then fry them.
FIRECRACKER FRIED OKRA
After air frying the Okras, toss them in Firecracker sauce and serve. This will give these okras a wonderful Asian twist.
PECAN CRUSTED FRIED OKRA
Combine Pecan crumbs with the Cornmeal mixture and coat the Okras with it and then fry them, either in the Air Fryer or on the Stovetop.
SPICY FRIED OKRA
To make it a little spicy, you can add hot sauce and cayenne pepper in the buttermilk mixture and then use it to coat the Okras.
How to make Keto Fried Okra
To make a Keto and GF Version, replace Cornmeal and Flour with Almond Flour and also add some parmesan cheese for the burst of flavor and taste.
Tips To Keep Okra From Getting Slimy
Just wash the Okras and dry them completely, by dabbing them with a kitchen towel. Once you wash and dry the Okras, they will no longer be slimy.Also, another trick is to cut these only when you're about to use them.Another trick is to just apply some oil or lemon juice in your hands to keep off the slime of Okras.Another trick is to just dust the Chopped Okras with some AP Flour in a colander and then use them. This way the flour will soak out the excess moisture and all the slime would be gone. You can directly dip these in the buttermilk mixture and then dredge with cornmeal and deep fry.
Southern Fried Okra in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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