This Gluten-Free Take on Fried Okra Will Rock Your World

Last Update: September 29, 2023

This Southern staple—think of the flavor as something between an eggplant and an asparagus—is a delicacy when deep-fried. Here, we’ve updated the classic version by coating the okra in a spicy gluten-free batter and frying it in coconut oil.

Gluten-Free Fried Okra

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

1 cup coconut flour
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons salt
4 eggs
1 pound okra
1 cup coconut oil

Place coconut flour in a shallow bowl and whisk together with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne, and salt.

In a separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs together.

Wash and cut okra into 1/2- to 1-inch size pieces. Working in batches, dip cut okra into eggs then dredge through coconut flour to coat liberally in batter.

Heat coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Again, working in batches, fry coated okra until golden on all sides. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.

Serve with a sriracha mayonnaise.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Merce Muse

Thrive Market Food Editor

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