Super Crispy Tempura Fried Okra

Okra is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, and has antidiabetic properties. Spice up this green with a bit of cayenne pepper and make it tempura-style instead of deep-fried for a healthier version of this tasty dish. Pair these crunchy treats with a sweet tea for a perfect Southern-inspired, summer dish. 

1 lb Fresh okra (split)
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Cornstarch
2 cups Cold seltzer water
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Onion powder
2 tsp Granulated sugar
2 tbsp Flour
1/2 gallon Canola oil

Heat oil to 375 degrees.

Mix 1 cup flour and corn starch together.

Gradually add cold seltzer, whisking continuously until you get a pancake batter-like consistency.

Mix spices and additional flour together and coat split okra in mix.

Add spiced okra to tempura batter and slowly place okra into hot oil. Let fry for 2-3 minutes then remove and drained.

Serve with Spicy Honey Scallion Dipping Sauce and get the crunchin'!