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Crispy Okra in Air Fryer
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Air fryer Okra Recipe

This Southern Air Fryer Okra recipe is super easy to make. It is crispy and delicious. Much healthier than its fried version. Perfect as a side or a snak.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer fried okra, air fryer okra, Air Fryer Recipes, southern fried okra
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 124kcal
Author: simplyvegetarian777


  • Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cups,
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Air Fryer
  • Kitchen Colander
  • Fork
  • mixing bowl


  • 1/2 pound / 8 oz Okra, fresh see notes
  • 1/2 cup Corn Meal, fine see notes
  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour see notes
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning or to taste, see notes for options
  • Few sprays Oil Spray
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 tsp Water

Spicy Ranch Dip

  • 1/4 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1-2 tbsp Buffalo Sauce adjust to taste


Always read the recipe first and gather your ingredients before starting to cook.

    Always READ THE NOTES at the bottom for tips, suggestions, & more information on substitutes.

      Prep the Okra

      • Wash okra in Kitchen Colander and pat dry it. Remove the caps and tails of the okra. Cut all the okra into 1/2 to 1 inch piece. Keep in a Bowl and Set aside.
      • TIP : To avoid sliminess of the fresh okra, I normally cut it in advance and let air-dry it for few hrs. 

      Prep the Okra for Southern Style Fried Okra

      • Preheat Air fryer at 390*F for 5 minutes.
      • Meanwhile Take 3 Mixing Bowls. In 1st bowl, add EGG + 2 tsp Water and mix both lightly. In 2nd bowl, add Corn Meal + All Purpose flour + Cajun Seasoning. Mix well with a fork
      • Make an assembly line and place the bowl with egg + bowl with dry flour mixture + bowl with cut okra in a line. 
      • Now toss okra into the egg mixture, then transfer the okra in batches to the flour cornmeal mixture. Lightly shake off excess flour and transfer to lightly greased Air Fryer Basket.
      • Spray gently with Cooking Spray  on top of the breaded okra. Air fry for 15 minutes until golden, shaking the basket twice during cooking. Spray with more oil as needed so all the floury dry spots are covered.
      • Serve it warm with Spicy Ranch or Buffalo Ranch Dip.

      Spicy Ranch Dip

      • Mix Ranch dressing & Buffalo sauce till it comes together. DONE!

      How to make Breaded Okra Fry in IP Air fryer Lid?

      • You will follow the exact instructions as above to make air fryer fried okra in Air fryer lid.


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      What can I use to substitute corn meal?

      Use Panko bread crumbs or semolina to replace corn meal.

      Can I replace egg in this recipe?

      Egg is used as a binder in this recipe so that the dry flour mix can stick to the okra. You can make a thick paste of flour & buttermilk/water. Dip the cut okra in that instead of eggs and then roll in the dry flour mix. Air fry.

      Can frozen breaded okra be cooked in air fryer?

      Using an Air Fryer instead of pan-frying or deep-frying frozen breaded okra saves time and calories. Put the frozen okra in the Air Fryer Basket and air fry at 400 F for about 15 minutes until crispy, shaking the basket once or twice during cooking

      Can I use frozen okra for this recipe?

      Yes you can. You will just need to thaw it completely first. And then follow the above steps as is.

      Why is my Fried Okra still soggy?

      It is imperative to air fry okra at high temperature for perfect crispiness. Make sure to pre-heat your air fryer for 5 minutes before air frying cornmeal breaded okra in it.

      Can you air fry frozen breaded okra?

      Time is important factor. If you are short of time then air fry the FROZEN BREADED OKRA. No need to thaw it. Place it as is in the AIR FRYER BASKET and air fry at 400 F for about 15 minutes until crispy, shaking the basket few times during cooking.

      How to store the leftovers?

      Just refrigerate the leftovers in air tight container. Shall stay good for few days. You can reheat it by heating it in AIR FRYER for few minutes till warm.

      Can I freeze the Breaded Okra?

      Absolutely freeze it in a single layer in a freezer friendly container. And air fry as needed at 400*F for 15-20 minutes till done.

      How to Deep Fry Breaded Okra?

      Make sure that the oil is super hot before you add breaded okra to the frying pan. Deep fry in batches. Do not move the okra much till it appears on surface. As soon as it turns golden, take it out.

      Recipe Tools 

      Air fryer
      Air fryer Accessories
      Mixing Bowl
      Measuring Cups & Spoon
      Chopping board & Knife
      Kitchen Colander


      Serving: 4people | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg