Wash and cut okra in about half inch pieces, discarding the tip and stem ends. Then rinse cut okra under cool water.
In a large bowl, add salt, pepper, and corn meal to damp okra. Toss lightly to coat.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and add vegetable oil.
Once oil is heated, carefully add okra including meal remaining in the bottom of the bowl. Stir frequently until the okra is browned and cooked through (about 20 minutes) - being cautious not to burn it. I also like to mash mine up a bit to get that hash-like consistency.
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