Place un-cut okra pods in a bowl of cold water.
Place corn meal in a plastic bag, or bowl with a lid.
Drain okra, cut off tip and stem. Slice into 1/4 inch slices and put directly into bowl or bag with corn meal. Shake bag often to coat each piece well.
Put okra into skillet, cover, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
Uncover and turn gently.
Cover and continue to fry, checking and turning as needed until okra is quite brown and very crisp.
Season to taste with sea salt.
Place 2 or 3 crumpled paper towels in a serving bowl. Remove okra to towels and allow to drain well.