Fried Okra

I’m on my way home from Charleston today, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a recipe for you.

But first:  I’d mentioned last week that I’m trying not to cook a whole lot with almond flour; I’ve been using it not to excess, really, but more than I probably should lately.  For one thing, it’s quite high in calories – far more so than any grain-based flour, simply because it’s much higher in fat.  And speaking of fat, most of the fat in almonds may be monounsaturated (the kind of fat found in olive oil), but nuts contain a fair amount of omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids; if you remember, I wrote a bit last summer about how the Standard American Diet provides us with far too many omega 6 PUFAs and far too few omega 3s.  If that isn’t bad enough, it’s generally not good to heat PUFAs – it oxidizes them, and oxidized fats are bad fats (read: trans fats).  And for my last reason:  nuts contain lectins which, like grains and legumes, bind to nutrients and prevent the body from absorbing them.  Soaking and drying nuts can neutralize those lectins, just like soaking/sprouting grains and legumes can, but most commercially available nut flours are not soaked, so unless you’re prepared to soak, dry and grind your own nut flours, it’s probably a good idea to limit the use of almond flour to the occasional treat.

Now, having said that, this is an excellent use of almond flour – it definitely qualifies as a “treat.”  In a BIG way.  I LOVE Fried Okra, and this is just about the best I’ve eaten in many, many years.  If you’ve never eaten okra, or for some odd reason don’t care for it, this is the kind of dish that will make you love it.  I know I did – enough to eat every last piece of it. *burp*

Note:  Again, if you don’t have any grass-fed tallow, may I suggest Spectrum’s Organic Palm Oil Shortening for frying.

Fried Okra

Fried Okra

serves 4, or me in a ravenous frenzy

2 cups sliced okra
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
1 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 cup tallow or other fat suitable for frying

Mix the almond flour with the salt, pepper and cayenne in a shallow dish, such as a pie plate. In a small bowl, whisk the egg together with the water. Set aside.

Melt the tallow or cooking fat in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat to a temperature of 350 F.

Toss half the sliced okra in the egg wash and remove using a slotted spoon, allowing the excess to run off. Add the okra to the seasoned almond flour and lightly toss until well coated.

Fry the coated okra until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, turning once about halfway through. Remove the okra from the fat with a spatula or slotted spoon, transferring to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Repeat with the remaining okra. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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11 thoughts on “Fried Okra”

  1. I’ve never been an okra fan but I do like most everything fried. I mean what’s not to like? They are not in season down here right now but this will go in the recipe file for later.

  2. That’s a lovely dish, any way you shake it. I had to look up almond flour’s nutritional information, as LC is a little sketchy in that area. Turns out that my LC thought the measurements were based on a whole cup of kernels. Um, no… Once I fixed that, the nutritional info came into line.
    I don’t use a lot of almond powder in my cooking, as the cost up here is prohibitive. I think I will try the recipe out though, and see if my kid might like it. It’s so hard getting him to eat his vegetables, (or any starch for that matter, unless it’s rice – only meat and rice for that kid. LOL.)
    Jan, I don’t know if you are aware, but a LOT of your recipes are D friendly. Keep them coming! I have sent links to the various D forums, so you may get a few of those visitors out your way soon.

  3. mmmmm that looks tastey.

    i discovered a great okra dish in south carolina this past spring. we stumbled upon what looked like a dilapidated shack along some country road between columbia and hilton head. it ended up being a gem with good old fashioned low country cookin. there was no menu. 2 prices, 1 for adults and one for kids. all you can eat of everything. not much of it paleo freindly but we didn’t care much. we’d been in a car for 11 hours and wanted some food that wasn’t made to be served through a window. we wanted authentic regional food and we found it. the dish that inspired me was stewed okra and tomatoes. i made it recently and it was so good and simple too. wish i had more luck growing okra.

    1. OH MY GAWD! We had the best Okra & Tomato soup at High Cotton this weekend. While it was pretty paleo friendly, you know that Jan will have a recipe for you soon! We also heard of Hoppin John cousin, Limping Susan – tomato & okra. So look forward to some new okra recipes!

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