Quick and Easy Tomatoes and Okra

Now I’ll be the first to admit that this may not be the flashiest recipe I’ve ever posted.  I don’t expect many people to Stumble it or add it to Pinterest.  But it’s still a winner in my book, and I’ll tell you why.  There comes a point in every food blogger’s career that one of the recipes you were counted on didn’t turn out (I’m talking to you, key lime bars) and you need a replacement stat.  And maybe you’re feeling a little bit lazy and don’t want to go to the store.  And furthermore, perhaps you’ve eaten one too many Snicker’s peanut butter bars, are feeling kind of gross, and would really love to make something with that didn’t use copious amounts of sugar, butter or cream.

Well, the stars aligned when I found this recipe; it’s healthy, fast, and I miraculously had all the ingredients on hand.  Oh, and did I mention that it tastes awesome and it’s vegan?  Not too shabby for an 11th hour replacement, huh?


Quick and Easy Tomatoes and Okra

Yield: 6 servings


* 2 Tablespoons olive oil
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* one 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
* 1 pound sliced, frozen okra
* 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
* salt and pepper


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to turn golden. Add the tomatoes and okra and stir to mix. Reduce heat, cover, and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the okra is hot and tender.

Stir in the lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste.

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10 Responses to “Quick and Easy Tomatoes and Okra”

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    Mindy — October 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    How funny – I have a bag of okra in my freezer that I had bought on a whim and hadn't decided what to do with it. This sounds yummy to me!


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    CATE — October 22, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Mindy- that's exactly what happened with me too! My okra had been in the freezer for far too long- I was glad to finally use it up :)


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    Anonymous — October 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Love the simplicity of the recipe-But embarassed to admit I've never eaten okra-What does it taste like?


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    CATE — October 23, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Anon- that's probably the hardest blog question anybody has ever asked! I can't seem to figure out anything to say besides that it tastes like okra! (It's a really unique taste.)

    Some things I've heard it tastes like… zucchini, green beans, and eggplant. I'd say closest to zucchini, but a bit firmer when cooked. It also has the seeds which stay pleasantly firm and kind of pop in your mouth.

    Okra seems to be love or hate because of it's mucilage… depending on how you cook it, it can be somewhat slimy. In this preparation it only got a tiny bit slimy after it was refrigerated. No slime when it was fresh :)

    Hope you give okra a shot! And thanks for stopping by the blog.


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    Beth McCurdy — October 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I never grew up eating okra until I moved to Georgia. Honestly, I tried my mother-n-law's fried okra and it just was so greasy! So…I've been experimenting with it lately when I get it homegrown from some local homegrown produce. I can honestly say that it is growing on on me, so to speak! Beautiful photography.


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    uma shankar — October 24, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Hi nice recipe!you can add some chilli powder too!


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    scholasticfood — October 24, 2011 at 4:33 am

    This looks so delicious! I love these simple flavors! Okra is such a classic vegetable–thanks :)


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    CATE — October 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for all the nice comments guys :) And Uma- I bet chili powder or a bit or cayenne would work great here too- thanks for the suggestion!


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    Lev — November 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    looks delish and simple, my kind of recipe! should work fine with fresh okra right? its more common than frozen where i can find it :p ill give a try anyhows


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    CATE — November 16, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I'm sure it'd be even better with fresh okra! Hope you like it :)


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