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Lightly Fried Okra on a white plate
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5 from 3 votes

Light Fried Okra

Light Fried Okra is a healthier way to cook this favorite Southern dish.  Instead of deep fat frying and batter, this method uses a small amount oil and cornmeal for crispness.  Healthier, yes.  Does it compromise on flavor? Never. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Light Fried Okra
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 181kcal


  • 1 Pound Okra
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Cornmeal


  • In a frypan over medium high heat, add 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil. 
  • When hot add Okra and sauté 10 minutes. 
  • Add salt and sprinkle with cornmeal.  Drizzle 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil over okra and stir to coat.  Continue cooking until browned and slightly crispy, about 6 minutes more. 


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 26.1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1.2mg