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How to make fried okra cakes

Fried okra cakes are a delicious way to turn this vegetable into veggie cakes that the whole family will enjoy. Crispy on the outside, light and fluffy inside, and studded with tender pieces of okra.

Looking for a new side dish for dinner? These savory fritters are full of flavor and will be a new favorite at dinnertime.

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Fried okra cakes

So many of us get stuck on the same old side dishes, myself included. However, you also know that if a vegetable can be turned into a fritter, I’m going to do it. These green vegetable cakes are a reader favorite.

Normally, if we’re having okra, I end up roasting it. But, I needed something different – enter the fried okra cakes.

fried okra cakes piled on a white plate

I made these okra fritters in a cast iron pan on the stovetop, but if you prefer to bake them, slide them into a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes.

If baking, line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray. Check out this post on baked broccoli cakes for helpful tips.


You’ll find most of the ingredients for these okra fritters in your pantry. Onions, garlic and eggs are staples in my kitchen and probably yours too, so the only item you will likely have to shop for is the okra.

Look for firm, bright green pods at the store. Avoid browning or mushy okra pods.

ingredients for okra cakes

Use either a 1/4 cup measuring cup or, my preferred method, a 2 ounce scoop, to ensure they are all the same size.

Why does this matter? So they all cook at the same rate. Otherwise, you may have a few that are either underdone or overcooked.

How to make

These okra fritters start with sautéing a bit of onion and garlic in olive oil. I like to sauté these before adding to the batter so the flavors mellow a bit.

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another.

Add the onions, garlic and sliced okra to the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the okra mixture and stir to combine.

Heat a bit of oil in a cast iron pan and drop portions of batter into a hot pan and cook for a five minutes per side. Drain cakes on paper towels or on a rack set inside of a baking sheet.

Fried okra recipe

The biggest complaint everyone hears about okra? The slime.

So, how do we deal with slimy okra? There isn’t any way around it, unless you cook it whole. The “slime” in okra is mucilage, the same thing that helps to thicken gumbo.

It will stick to your knife as you are cutting, just rinse it off and carry on.

One thing that can help to lessen the gooey liquid is heat. High heat, like roasting or grilling, will cause some of the liquid to evaporate.

Luckily, when the okra is folded into this batter and cooked, you get none of the slimy texture. I mean none at all. So, maybe those that have an aversion to this vegetable might give it a try.

We are fans of okra and I’m guessing, if you’re here, you are too. These okra cakes make a great side dish or afternoon snack and they are perfect for tucking into work week lunches. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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Okra Cakes

Cheryl Bennett
Fried okra cakes are a quick and delicious vegetarian side dish or snack.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 14 cakes
Calories 125 kcal


  • 1 lb. okra thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup water or buttermilk
  • oil for frying
  • Cajun seasoning instead of salt and pepper, optional


  • In a small frying pan, sauté onions and garlic in a tablespoon of oil until softened, about 6 – 8 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine okra, onions and garlic, egg and water or buttermilk.
  • Add the flour mixture to the okra mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Heat about an inch and a half of oil in a heavy-bottomed pan (like a cast iron skillet) over medium/medium-high heat.
  • Carefully drop the okra cake batter into the oil using a medium cookie scoop or a 1/4 cup measure.
  • Lightly flatten the tops with wet fingertips. Cook for 6 minutes (or until dark golden brown).
  • Flip and cook for an additional 4 – 5 minutes.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.



Store okra cakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or tightly wrapped in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 2cakesCalories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 487mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g
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