My dad loves fried food and he grew up on it. He loves fried seafood and especially okra. I was recently staying with him for several weeks and I was thinking I could make a version of fried okra that is Paleo friendly. I like the texture of cashew meal becasue it is very light which makes it taste more like white flour. Blanched almond flour would also work but it is not quite as tasty. He loved this version and was so excited to have something fried again that would not lead him off his lower carb paleo lifestyle.
Paleo Fried Okra (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, vegetarian)
2 lbs okra (smaller the better)
2 eggs (find good eggs here)
2 cups cashew meal (find it here)
fine sea salt (find it here)
black pepper (find it here)
1 teaspoon paprika (find it here)
2 cups sustainable palm oil or expeller pressed coconut oil (I use this one)
Slice the okra into 1 inch slices width-wise. Discard the tops and tips.
Heat up the oil over medium high heat for 3 or 4 minutes.
Beat the eggs and add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Put the cashew meal in a bowl with a pinch of salt pepper and paprika and stir.
Dredge the okra through the eggs then through the cashew mixture and shake off any excess.
Place the okra in the fat and cook for 2 minutes on one side then flip with a slotted spoon and cook for 2 more minutes.
When the okra is golden brown remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel.
Repeat the process until all the okra is cooked.
Serve and enjoy.
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