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Okra has always had a special place in my heart – yes, I know that sounds strange, but let me explain! I grew up in Tennessee, and fried okra was a Sunday dinner staple! My Grandma would pre-cook the okra before we left for church on Sunday morning. When we returned, my Grandaddy would get a handful of okra and sit down in his recliner for his post-church snack. As a little girl, I would always climb up in his lap and we would eat okra together while we waited for Grandma to finish dinner. Oh, so good – and such beautiful memories! No doubt some of my love for okra comes from the good memories associated with it!
Okra has become a bit of a symbol with Trim Healthy Mamas – and while throwing okra in my milkshake (recipe here) was a brand new idea to me, fried okra was already a favorite!
My Grandma always used egg and cornmeal to bread her okra. I have found that using egg whites and baking blend gives me the exact same flavor that I remember from my Grandma! Just a couple of ingredients and you too can be enjoying fried okra with authentic Southern flavor!
- 1 bag frozen cut okra
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup THM Baking Blend
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2-3 Tablespoons butter or coconut oil for frying
- In a large gallon Ziploc bag, combine okra, egg whites, baking blend, and salt and pepper to taste. (You could also just combine in a mixing bowl, but I’ve found you get a better “breading” by shaking it in the bag.)
- Melt butter or coconut oil in skillet over medium heat. Add frozen “breaded” okra and pan fry until just browning and dry. (This ensures the “slime” is all gone!) This should take 10-15 minute, stirring often.
What is your favorite way to use okra or have you ever used it?
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