I just love all the delicious free food from our garden! I made this Fried Okra loaded with bacon and parmesan cheese for lunch, however, my almost 3 year old grandson devoured half of it! I discovered Okra for the first time last year when my husband planted it in the garden. I loved it so he planted more this year. I have tried it many different ways and they are all delicious! I am hoping to have a good crop this year so I can freeze some for soup this winter.
Ingredients (I keep cooked and crumbled bacon in my freezer and bacon grease in the refrigerator so you will need to follow the instructions below for using uncooked bacon). I did not show the bacon in the ingredients..sorry! I have bacon grease in the small container.
Wash Okra and cut the ends off.
Slice Okra into 1/4″ pieces. I just love the star shape!
Mix Parmesan cheese, salt and cornmeal in a bowl. Add Okra and stir to coat Okra.
Fry bacon reserving grease. Chop into small pieces and return to the pan. Add Okra and any crumbs in the bowl to the pan.
Fry over medium heat until crumb coating turns golden brown.
1-1/2 cup sliced okra
1 Tbl parmesan cheese
2 Tbl corn meal
3 pieces bacon
1/4 tsp salt
Fry bacon until almost cooked through. Remove pan from the heat. Remove the bacon pieces leaving grease in the pan. Chop bacon into small pieces and return to the pan. Wash and pat Okra dry. Cut off the ends and discard. Slice the rest about 1/4″ thick, set aside. In a bowl mix cheese, cornmeal and salt. Add Okra pieces and stir to coat Okra. Over medium heat, heat up the bacon grease and bacon in the pan and add all of the Okra mixture. Cook until crumbs are golden brown and Okra is tender, stirring frequently.
This must be really good and healthy
Except for the bacon it is very healthy. I’m addicted to bacon!
Thanks Chef mimi! I just love this stuff!!!
Looks like salad. Nice.
My favourite!! 🙂
I just put about 8 of them in a huge pot of veggie soup…yum!
Great recipe…will try it 🙂
That sounds divine! I love okra, but have to admit I’ve only ever had it plain fried or in soups. Not sure my okra is going to make it this year (it’s my first year), but I may have to hit a local farmer’s market so I can cook some of this up. Yum!
I made soup today and put around 8 okra in it. I also love it in soup. Heck, it’s good fixed any way!
Okra, one of my favorite vegetables and bacon, a favorite food group. Food porn. 🙂
HAHAHA yes it most definitely is! We cook 2# of bacon at a time, crumble it and keep it in the freezer for whenever we need to add it to a recipe. Thaws immediately and works great! I also filter and strain my bacon grease and use it to cook! Amazing flavor!
One of my fav veggie💚
Me too and so many ways to eat it, just not raw…lol
No and it has it’s own taste. Hard to explain what it tastes like but it is mild. It is in soups a lot of times. It is the strangest vegetable. When you cut it raw it has this sticky liquid. I could never eat it raw. Yet when you cook it, the liquid goes away and leaves the best tasting vegetable! I love the star shape it has when it is cut!
My southern husband will flip when I make your recipe for him! 😍
I only discovered Okra last year! Love it!
This is great. I have garden grown okras right now in my fridge wondering what to do with them. Thanks for the recipe.
You’re welcome! I love this stuff!