BBQ Baked Tofu And Vegan Fried Okra

August 4, 2010 by Keri

It’s a hot, beautiful day and I’ve already taken the little man on two bike rides!  This morning, as we were rounding the last street on our adventure before heading towards home, we came across a man leaf blowing the pebbles, leaf pieces, and dirt from his portion of the already clean street.  He had cords strewn all the way across the street, which I had no choice but to ride over, and I’m pretty sure he gave me the evil eye for getting his street dirty with my pesky bike.  Some people are intense about “putting nature in its proper place”!

We walked in the door from ruining people’s spotless streets and I got right to work on lunch.  I put brown rice in the pressure cooker, tossed the tofu I’d pressed in a little barbecue sauce before putting it in the oven to bake, and eyed the okra in the refrigerator.  I had a brief internal struggle over if I should indulge us in fried okra for lunch or not, but in the end: Fried Okra-1, Keri’s Health Conscience- 0.  With the combined vegan scents of barbecued tofu, fried okra, and a “fresh linens” soy candle burning, I couldn’t help but imagine my home was filled with a marketable “Southern” fragrance.  Mmmm…  With the bit of extra breading mix I had from the okra, I coated a sliced zucchini and fried that as well.  You know how I hate to let things go to waste!

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Vegan Fried Okra

  • 1 pound okra, sliced 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup fine whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Canola oil for frying

In a medium bowl, mix soy milk and apple cider vinegar.  Set aside to curdle for vegan buttermilk.  In a large bowl, combine flour, corn meal, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Heat 1/2 – 3/4 inch of oil in a large skillet.  Dip okra in the vegan buttermilk to wet.  Place buttermilk-covered okra in the flour mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.  Carefully add okra to the hot oil and fry until golden brown.  Once done, place okra on a towel to drain excess oil.  Enjoy!

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  1. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) says:

    I love okra! Your recipe looks awesome, I will have to try it soon. Tofu looks delicious as well. 🙂

  2. Sarah S. says:

    I’m glad that the fried okra won the fight, and it is totally winning me over right now!

  3. Meg B says:

    Okra sounds delish. I’ll look for it at my farmer’s market tomorrow. I don’t like soy milk, though. Do you think it’d work with some almond milk?

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, and I actually forgot to mention this, but you *can* actually just use a little water if you want. The okra is slimey, so the mixture still sticks. Soy is the only nondairy milk that really gets that nice curdle for “vegan buttermilk”, but the others will do. Hope this helps!

  4. Lacey says:

    mmmm I love fried okra. In the south we just cut it; roll it in straight cornmeal; then fry it up.

    • Keri says:

      Plus, everything Southern just tastes better when you’re actually *in* the South, from my experience. Mine was only half as good here in the Midwest. 😉

  5. SporksorChopsticks says:

    Fried okra …. yu-uhm! glad it won out too

  6. Vegan fried okra??? Pinch me! LOL Cannot wait to make it. (I already like you on FB!) 🙂

    And thanks for including me on your blogroll…you’re on mine, too! Love your blog.

  7. April says:

    Oh, man – I’ve been craving fried okra something fierce lately, and haven’t been able to come up with any recipes that worked for me. This looks amazing, and *exactly* like what I loved so much as a kid! I’m going to make this and blog about it in my new blog, The Traveling Austin Vegan – .

    Thanks so much!

    • Keri says:

      I love this recipe, and I make it every time I have okra around. I hope it turns out just the way you’d hoped!

  8. LA says:

    Do you have the recipe for BBQ tofu? I couldn’t find it anywhere? Thanks!