These spicy, crunchy pan-fried okra pods may be just the recipe to turn okra haters into lovers. Bonus: Okra's soluble fiber--the unique gel that traditionally thickens gumbo--also helps clear unhealthy cholesterol in your body. Serve this vegetarian side dish along with baked or grilled chicken or fish for a healthy dinner. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2019

Adam Dolge


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk buttermilk and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning in a medium bowl. Add okra and toss to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk flour, cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning in a medium bowl.

  • Drain the okra and toss in the flour mixture until well coated.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the okra in a single layer and cook, turning occasionally and tilting the pan to evenly distribute the oil, until golden on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Sprinkle the okra with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and salt.

Nutrition Facts

106 calories; 4.9 g total fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 75 mg sodium. 195 mg potassium; 14.4 g carbohydrates; 2.4 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 2.2 g protein; 411 IU vitamin a iu; 13 mg vitamin c; 35 mcg folate; 60 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 34 mg magnesium;