When the South says to deep-fry something, we deep-fry it. When the South says it’s best pan-fried, well, you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be doing just that. And here we are with Pan-Fried Okra, whipping out our best frying pan and freshest okra, ready to see what all the hype is about. To go ahead and spoil the ending, you’re in for a real, homegrown, savory treat. The little chunks of fresh okra are coated in the most perfect blend of salty and spicey, and as mentioned previously, pan-fried to reach the ultimate texture. Then, you get a tangy, creamy, homemade honey mustard dip to create the flavor blend of the century. As always, the Southern states know what they’re talking about when it comes to food… even with veggies like okra! So go ahead and try some Pan-Fried Okra, the delicious proof that will keep you pan-frying whenever you can!

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Ingredients

For the okra:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups cornmeal mix
  • 1 teaspoon Texas Pete® Original Dust dry seasoning, optional
  • 1 pound fresh okra, ends cut off and sliced into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • salt, to taste

For the honey mustard dip:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon Texas Pete® Original Dust dry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

Step 1 –Prepare a dredging station with 1 bowl of the buttermilk and 1 large bowl of the cornmeal mix.

Step 2 –Add 1 teaspoon the dry dust seasoning to the cornmeal mix and whisk it together.

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Step 3 –Dip the okra into the buttermilk, then dredge it into the cornmeal mixture.

Step 4 –Place the dredged okra into a bowl.

Step 5 –Pour the oil into the bottom of a frying pan and heat to medium.

Step 6 –Fry the okra, stirring frequently to flip them, until both sides are golden-brown, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 7 –Drain the fried okra on a paper-towel-lined plate and let them cool slightly.

Step 8 –Dust the fried okra with the salt.

Step 9 –In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise, the stone ground mustard, the honey, the remaining dry dust seasoning, and the garlic powder together.

Step 10 –Serve the fried okra with the honey mustard sauce.