okra with tomatoes

January 9, 2013

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 15 minutes      makes 6 servings

1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 lb sliced okra
1 – 8 oz. can of canned diced tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes can be substituted)
1 – 15 oz. can of stewed tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste


  1. cover bottom of skillet with olive oil and place over medium heat.
  2. add garlic, onion, cayenne pepper in the skillet and stir until fragrant.
  3. stir in green pepper. cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. stir in okra and allow to cook for 5 minutes more.
  5. stir in both the diced and stewed tomatoes.
  6. season with salt and pepper.
  7. reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until all vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes.


this is such a simple recipe: most of it involves chopping vegetables and then you kinda mix everything together and let it stew.

i first made this several years ago for our annual king christmas dinner cook-off. (i remember it was the christmas right before i got married in destin.) this isn’t the same recipe, but i think it’s pretty close. i made it again this year for our christmas dinner, but i think i added a little too much cayenne pepper because it was way too spicy. i like spicy, but there’s a difference between spicy and overpoweringly spicy. the dish loses its general flavor if all you can taste is hot.

i love okra and tomatoes, so this is a perfect dish for me. i made it again yesterday night for dinner and we had it over rice this time. i could’ve used more salt when seasoning this dish.

the kitchen is still very aromatic from cooking this dish. i think that’s the best part of cooking/baking: you can always smell the remnants of tasty food. i guess that could be a bad thing if you accidentally burned or messed up a recipe…


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