Okra and Tomatoes

Okra! It’s one of those vegetables where you find very little middle ground. It seems that people either love it or they hate it. I, of course, fall into the “love it” category. I like it every single way I’ve ever had it. Fried, boiled, in gumbo, in soup, and of course the classic dish of okra and tomatoes.

BeeBop on the other hand, falls into the “hate it” category. Just not his thing. That’s okay. We don’t judge. I try to tell him what he’s missing, but that just falls on deaf ears.

Okra and tomatoes is a quick side dish that goes with so many entrees.  And the frozen okra is always just as good as fresh. Cooking okra with something slightly acidic like tomatoes, cuts out nearly all of the slime factor, too.

So, next time you’re at the grocery store, grab a bag of frozen okra and give this a try.

Cooking spray
1 to 1 ½ tsp. bacon drippings (or butter or margarine)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 lb.whole fresh or frozen okra
½ cup water (optional)
Salt and pepper

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Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium high heat. Add bacon drippings to pan.

Now, let me just stop right here and say a little something about bacon drippings. Or, as we say in the South, bacon grease.

There is nothing whatsoever wrong with using a little bit of bacon grease once in a while. Look at that little piddly bit of bacon grease in the picture up there. That’s no more than a teaspoon. But what a lot of flavor that little teaspoon of grease will add to this dish! And fat is fat is fat, you know. It all has the exact same calorie count. Butter, margarine, canola oil, bacon grease, schmaltz, whatever. Although I’m not saying anything about the cholesterol. After all, I’m a cook not a nurse :-)

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Add the chopped onion and sauté until the onion just begins to brown.

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Add the diced tomatoes with their juice. Cook until tomatoes are soft and the liquid has nearly evaporated (about 10 minutes).

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Add okra and water. Cover and cook until okra is tender and cooked through (about 15 minutes). Check often and add small amount of additional water if needed during cooking.

And I promise you that there is not the slightest amount of gooey slime in the final dish. Cross my heart.

Enjoy!

Okra and Tomatoes
 
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A classic Southern side dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 to 1 ½ tsp. bacon drippings (or butter or margarine)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 lb.whole fresh or frozen okra
  • ½ cup water (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium high heat. Add bacon drippings to pan. Add the chopped onion and sauté until the onion just begins to brown.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes with their juice. Cook until tomatoes are soft and the liquid has nearly evaporated (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add okra and water. Cover and cook until okra is tender and cooked through (about 15 minutes). Check often and add small amount of additional water if needed during cooking.
Notes
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Comments

  1. says

    Count my husband and me in the “love it” group. Like you said, any way. I made okra and tomatoes a few days ago, and saw my husband eating the cold, refrigerated leftovers as a dip for tortilla chips.

  2. Miss P says

    I just love okra and tomatoes! Always have. Of course, I love “anything and tomatoes”. Remember how Daddy used to really like macaroni and tomatoes?

    You’re right — this compliments almost all Southern fare. So, fry that chicken, bake some cornbread, and get a pot of butterbeans going. It’s great.

    Miss P

    ps – you ought to drive down here. We have a great tomato lady. You drive up to her house, check out the tomatoes under the carport, weigh them on the scale, put your money in the lock-box and off you go. It’s the honor system. Mayberry lives! I absolutely love it, and I love this life.

  3. Miss P says

    Oh, I forgot. Tell your folks that they can serve this over some nicely steamed rice, if they choose.

    Miss P

  4. says

    Well now, this okra thing is a little strange for us out here in California? The recipe sound good since anything started out with bacon grease is going to be tasty? We need to try this one since so much of the country considers okra a classic. always love your post! best, s

  5. lanaann says

    I guess if you’ve never had it, it might seem strange. I understand that in some part of the world it’s known as “lady’s fingers!”

  6. says

    Ooo… okra. I love them tempura-style, but I’m not a big advocate of greasy foods too often.

    This sounds like an awesome way to cook them! I can imagine this as a mid-day snack, too, to keep the work energy up! =)

  7. says

    this looks wonderful i just made okra today also, with green chili and coconut the recipe is archived on my blog I love yours

    Rebecca

    • gloria waters says

      would it be possible to get the okra recipe with green chili and coconut. i am in the “love it” group.

      • says

        Real sorry, Gloria, but I don’t have an okra recipe that uses green chili and coconut. Don’t think I’ve ever of that combination to tell you the truth :-)

  8. says

    I am an okra fanatic! Tomatoes just add to the factor, and working in Indian restaurants seeing them frying it with the onions also helps with the slim factor…Love your dish, and grew up with them in the south…

  9. lanaann says

    So funny! I’ve never thought about eating it with tortilla chips, but I bet it was pretty good!

  10. lanaann says

    I wish I had a “tomato lady” like that! Although my garden tomatoes are looking pretty good. If I can just keep the deer out of them. They devoured a zucchini plant today. Grrr…..

  11. lanaann says

    Wow! You never heard of okra?? Really? Actually, it is indigenous to the African continent and grows really well in our hot southern summers. I had some fried okra last night. So good…

  12. lanaann says

    Me, too. I sound like Bubba Gump talking about okra….boiled, fried, okra in soup, okra gumbo. Ha!

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