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Granny's Burned AF Okra

This recipe is a Southern favorite but what makes it Ashley style is frying the F out of these so they are crispy and delicious!

Granny's Burned AF Okra

Why it's on our list

This recipe dates back to our Dad's mother, Shirley, or as we called her, Granny. Our Grandma wasn't known to be the best chef mainly because she didn't have a passion for it and she was busy juggling 4 kids with a 17 year age span. When our Dad and Aunt Karen were on episode 4 of Hey Sis, Eat This, they said the best thing she made was her fried okra. The secret to making Granny’s recipe is to “overcook” the okra. No one likes slimy okra, so cooking it very well done, makes sure each piece is crispy and dry. The okra darkens to a deep brown when it’s done.


Serves 4-6 as a side

  • 2 cups fresh okra

  • 2 cup corn meal

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 egg

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 ½ cup veg oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Granny didn't do this but Whitney does)


  • Slice okra into 1/2" pieces

  • Mix corn meal with flour in med bowl along with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Add cayenne pepper if using

  • Wisk egg with milk

  • Dredge small amounts of okra in egg/milk mix

  • Quickly toss coated okra in corn meal/flour mix

  • Place dredged okra in a strainer or colander to shake off excess batter

  • Place on a sheet pan with a wire rack, separate so they don't touch

  • Heat oil to high temperature in large pan (prefer iron skillet) or if you have a deep fryer that is truly the best way

  • Add a small batch of okra to frying pan and spread evenly (don’t over fill pan)

  • Cook for 10-12 (maybe longer) minutes until okra darkens and almost looks burned. If using deep fryer time will be less but you should focus one how it looks more than time cooked

  • Remove from pan and spread to dry on paper towels sprinkle liberally with salt.

  • Serve hot with ranch dressing or spicy catchup

Courtney & Whitney


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