The best parts of fried okra and fried green tomatoes combine in this delicious, yet easy, recipe for Okra and Green Tomato Fritters.
Anytime I create something, I’m constantly thinking about ways to change it, tweak it, make it better. I think it’s just the nature of a creative brain. So, recipes are always swirling around in my head. I find inspiration everywhere. It’s almost a curse.
Back in 2011, a sweet reader named Julie Taylor sent me a recipe for okra fritters. My family and I fell in love. And, of course, I went to tweaking. One version ended up in my cookbook. Today I’m sharing my newest version. And dare I say it… it might be my favorite.
I’ve taken these crispy, delicious morsels and kicked them up a notch. Imagine the best of fried okra and fried green tomatoes in one bite. Simply amazing.
I can see these sprinkled with some cajun seasoning or dipped in some comeback sauce for even more flavor. You know, if that’s your thing. Which it should be your thing. That’s why you’re here, right?
Anyway. Y’all enjoy!
Okra and Green Tomato Fritters
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 pound okra, coarsely chopped
- 1 large green tomato, diced
- 1/2 onion, finely diced
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- In a large bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the chopped okra, green tomato, and onion. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg into the buttermilk, and then add it to the okra mixture. Stir until just combined.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop the okra batter into the oil by heaping tablespoonsful. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, then flip the fritters and press them flat with the back of a spatula. Cook 4 to 5 more minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Cook in batches, adding more oil if necessary; then drain on paper towels, and serve hot.
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Have been looking for a lost recipe I think my mother &
I found in Southern Living years ago. This one is very close with the green tomatoes & onions,but I do remember it included turmeric as one of the seasonings. We use Cajun seasoning often & may try that, but the tumeric was very good in this recipe. Think I can adapt this! So glad I found this!
Forgot to say we did drops by spoonfuls into oil rather than flat fritters. Sure either is fine.
Linda, I hope this works well for you!
Stacey, I’m still making the okra fritters but not as often as before. When you get 84 years old you sorta slow down in the kitchen !! Will have to try your improvement on the fritters, sounds real good and who doesn’t like fried green tomatoes?
Wishing you a long happy life in the kitchen..enjoy reading your post and trying your recipes.
I think about you often and sure appreciate you sharing your recipe with me!
These look amazing!
I buy organic cornmeal. So far I haven’t found it in a self rising form. Do you know how much baking powder and soda I would use with regular cornmeal? ????
Sure thing! Try this…For every 1 cup of self-rising cornmeal: Start with 1 cup of finely ground plain corn meal in a bowl. Remove 1 tablespoon of the cornmeal and return it to the bag. To the bowl add 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together.
Just made them. Added a few shakes of Cajun seasoning, they were delicious!
Yum! Sounds like a perfect addition! So glad you enjoyed them!
We’ve had caterpillars decimating our garden this year so I went ahead and picked all the tomatoes, even the green ones. We also grow okra and I looked up recipes for okra and green tomatoes and found this site. I made a batch of these fritters. O.M.G. These are so good!!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe!!!!!!
I’m so glad you found me and that you enjoyed these! We sure love them!
Do you have a cookbook with these amazing recipes ?
I do! Click the cookbook link up at the top of the page.
Bet yellow squash would be great made this way too!! Thanks for the great recipe Stacey!!
I cannot wait to make these! Genius recipe! I mean I thought your couldn’t get any better than a fried green tomato. You proved me wrong! Love this!
Ha! Thanks! I sure hope you’ll enjoy them!
Can I use frozen okra?
Absolutely! Just let it thaw first.
Those would be great dipped in a little remoulade! Or maybe even ranch dressing. I’m definitely going to be trying this!
Absolutely! Both sound like a delicious addition!
They look delicious and i do these with diced onions. They have the same taste and crunch as onion rings with much less fussing ang and prep time. I also use comeback sauce as a dip as it counteracts the ” heaviness ” of fried foods.
What a GREAT idea!!!
Hey, Stacey and Nana, what is “comeback sauce”?
It’s a dipping sauce much like the sauce served in many chicken finger restaurants. Here’s my recipe: https://southernbite.com/comeback-sauce/
Click where is says “comeback sauce” for the recipe. It’s delicious on everything. I love them on fried pickles and shrimp especially. But there’s almost nothing it’s not meant for. Yummmmmmm!!!
My roasted red pepper aioli would be delicious with these, served it at former restaurant where I was Managing Chef with our fried green tomatoes.
Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
1-1/2 cups mayo
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, drained
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 tsp. celery salt
1 Tbsp. horseradish (2, if you like it hotter)
1/4 tsp. each garlic powder and cayenne pepper
several drops of Tabasco
Feta Crumbles for topping
Combine all ingredients in a blender or with an immersion blender. Store in refrigerator.
This sounds delish! Thanks so much for sharing!