Fried Smashed Okra with Comeback Sauce

Perfectly crispy okra served with a dipping sauce – chili sauce, mayonnaise, lemon juice – that will have you comin’ back for more!

Fried Smashed Okra with Comeback Sauce

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 meat mallet


  • 1 pound fresh okra
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Slap Ya' Mamma Cajun Seasoning
  • Sunflower oil


  • Use a meat mallet to smash okra, starting at the top of the pod and working towards the stem end.
  • Place the buttermilk in a shallow dish, and place the cornmeal mix in another shallow dish. Stir salt, pepper and Slap Ya' Mama seasoning into the cornmeal mix.
  • Dip the okra into the buttermilk, then dip it into the cornmeal mix and turn it to coat both sides.
  • Dip the floured okra into the buttermilk again and then dip it into the cornmeal mix again. Do not shake off any excess.
  • Pour the sunflower oil to depth of 2 inches into a large Dutch oven. Heat oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fry okra, small batches, do not crowd, 2 to 3 minutes or until browned and crisp, turning once.
  • Remove okra, using a slotted spoon, drain a large plate lined with paper towels.
  • Sprinkle lightly with salt while still warm. Serve immediately.

Comeback Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Condiment


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce in the Asian section of the grocery store – do not buy the chili sauce with garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


  • Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine all ingredients.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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