A popular batter-fried okra recipe from Food Network involves coating okra pieces with buttermilk and a spiced flour blend before deep-frying them. Drain the excess oil from the fried okra with paper towels before serving them.
To prepare fried okra according to the recipe from Food Network, chop 2 pounds of fresh okra into 1/2-inch pieces. Place 1/2 cup of buttermilk in a dish. Mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1/2 cup of cornmeal, 1 1/3 teaspoons of salt, 1/3 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/3 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a bowl. Dunk the okra pieces in the buttermilk before coating them with the flour blend. Heat oil to 350 degrees F in a pot, and fry the okra in the oil until the batter develops a deep golden color.
A simple cornmeal-battered smashed fried okra recipe from MyRecipes is also worth trying. To prepare the dish, smash 1 pound of fresh okra along their entire lengths with a mallet. Pour 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk into a dish, and put 2 cups of fine yellow cornmeal into another dish. Season the buttermilk and the cornmeal liberally with salt and black pepper, and submerge the okra in the buttermilk before pulling them through the cornmeal. Fry the okra in hot oil until the batter turns golden brown and crispy.