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Pan Fried Okra, without breading. As seen on Taste of

Pan Fried Okra Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Pan Fried Okra without breading is an easy way to enjoy fresh okra. A little bacon grease added to your cooking oil will increase the flavor.



  • 1 lb Fresh Okra
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease for seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying


  1. Rinse the okra pods gently under cold running water, or wipe each with a damp paper towel.
  2. Remove both ends from the okra pods. Discard the ends.
  3. Slice each pod into pieces about 1 inch in length.
  4. Place a skillet over Medium heat on your stove top.
  5. When the pan is hot, add enough oil to coat bottom of pan.
  6. Add the bacon grease.
  7. Let the oil get hot, almost to the smoking point.
  8. Add the cut okra.
  9. Turn the okra often as it cooks to let it brown slightly.
  10. Add the black pepper.
  11. When okra is lightly browned, remove from pan, place on paper towel to drain.
  12. Add the salt to taste.
  13. Enjoy!


If you’re cooking more than one batch, keep the cooked okra warm in a 200F degree oven while frying the second batch. Serve warm with some Hot Water Cornbread on the side.

Keywords: Pan Fried Okra, Fried Okra without Breading, Old fashioned okra