Stewed Okra

At the farmers market yesterday I picked up a bundle of okra, just knowing I could find something to do with them this week.  When I lived in Texas I used to eat pickled okra all the time, but my other favorite dish was stewed okra.  Stewed okra can be done a number of ways, but here’s my favorite recipe.

Stewed Okra

Stewed Okra

  • 2 cups diced okra
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 1 bell pepper (I used a poblano pepper today)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes ( I used a tad more today… I like it hot)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper


To start, I diced the okra (and pepper) and then added them to a hot pan with olive oil.  Saute the okra and peppers for about 5 minutes and then add salt and pepper.


Next add the red pepper flakes and diced tomatoes.


diced tomatoes

Allow the tomatoes and okra to stew for about 20 minutes.  You may need to add some water to the dish if the liquid from the tomatoes evaporates.

Stewed Okra

and volia! Stewed okra.

stewed okra

I threw the stewed okra into lunch containers with chicken sausage and brown rice… perfect for Monday and Tuesday’s lunches.

Stewed Okra

So tell me, have you tried okra?  If so, what’s your favorite way to prepare it/eat it?


  1. says

    Oh my goodness, the timing of this post could not be more perfect! I tried a new restaurant here in Madison last night. My eyes spotted “Okra Delight” on the menu & I simply couldn’t order anything else. It was described as an okra stew with a side of rice or cous cous. I went with cous cous & it was DIVINE!!! Similar to this, but with more tomato, some onion & I don’t even know what else. I’ve already stalked the restaurant’s website to re-create the recipe on my own but this may feed my okra craving for the time being. The really funny part? I couldn’t even remember if I liked okra before ordering. Apparently, I really do!

  2. says

    I Love okra, but still haven’t found a healthy way to cook it with out making it slimy. I do stewed blackeyed peas like that ALL THE TIME, so I’m definitely going to have to try this with okra. Maybe this weekend I’ll hit up a farmers market or two.

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