Fried okra is a popular side choice in your basic “meat and 3 sides” order in the country style restaurants here. About 1/2 inch segments coated in flour or cornmeal and then deep fried. Not the greatest thing for your health, but it sure tastes great. Also used in vegetable soups and gumbo’s; it will thicken the liquid. People who have a home garden around here will almost always grow a row okra, it does very well in hot weather and bugs and varmints don’t fool with it. Come summer, forget the cholesterol for a day, and fry up “a mess” of it up along.