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Pecan Crusted Fried Okra

Pecan Crusted Fried Okra fries up crispy and crunchy with a wonderful nutty flavor. The sliced okra is coated in ground pecans mixed with flour and cornmeal plus a little cayenne pepper. It fries up fantastically golden in just a few minutes.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 6


  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 pound okra, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Peanut oil for frying


  • Process pecans in a food processor until finely ground.
  • Combine pecans with flour, cornmeal, salt, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together egg and milk.
  • Pour about 2 inches of peanut oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Cast iron is perfect but any quality skillet will do.
    Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  • Place okra in bowl with egg mixture and stir to coat okra well. 
  • Toss about 8 pieces of okra at a time in the flour mixture. 
  • Fry okra in batches until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Season with a little more salt.