My F&W
quick save (...)
Cornmeal-Fried Okra, Tomatillos and Tomatoes
© John Kernick

Cornmeal-Fried Okra, Tomatillos and Tomatoes

  • SERVINGS: 6 TO 8
  • FAST

Okra, a staple of Southern cuisine, happens to be the mascot of the Delta State University sports teams. Michael Lomonaco prefers small, young okra for frying, reserving larger okra for stews. When buying, okra, look for firm, bright green, unblemished pods. To trim okra, slice off the stem without cutting into the pod.

Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

  1. 1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  4. Coarse salt
  5. 1 cup buttermilk
  6. 1 large egg, beaten
  7. 1 pound young okra, trimmed
  8. 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved through the stem end
  9. 1/2 pound large tomatillos, husked and cut into 1-inch wedges
  10. 2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  11. Hot sauce, for serving
  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the cornmeal, flour, cayenne and 2 teaspoons of salt. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the egg.
  2. Dip the okra in the egg and, using a slotted spoon, transfer it to the plastic bag. Shake to coat completely; transfer the okra to a large plate. Repeat with the cherry tomatoes and then the tomatillos.
  3. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet until shimmering. Fry the okra over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Reheat the oil and fry the cherry tomatoes until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Reheat the oil and fry the tomatillos, then drain. Gently toss the fried vegetables, season with salt and serve hot, with hot sauce on the side.
You Might Also Like


Average Rating



Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
    How we use your email address
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.