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Air Fryer Cajun Fried Okra with Creamy Chili Sauce

By Paula Deen


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Paula Deen's Air Fryer Cookbook

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 130 minutes

Servings: 6 to 8


Cajun Fried Okra

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Paula Deen's House Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 pounds fresh okra, sliced ½ inch thick
  • oil, for spraying

Creamy Chili Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-chili sauce
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground red pepper


Cajun Fried Okra

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, House Seasoning, and Cajun seasoning. Place buttermilk in a small bowl. Dip okra in buttermilk, then dredge in cornmeal mixture. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill battered okra in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Working in batches of 10, spray okra with oil and place in air fryer basket. Set temperature to 400 degrees, and air fry for 5 minutes. Shake okra well, spray with oil, and air fry for 5 minutes. Shake okra well, spray with oil, and air fry for 3 minutes more. Repeat with remaining okra. Serve warm with Creamy Chili Sauce on the side.

Creamy Chili Sauce

Combine mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, garlic chili sauce, and red pepper in a small bowl, and stir well. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes 1¼ cup.