Smothered Okra and Tomatoes πŸ…

Smothered okra and tomatoes is a dish that was around every summer when tomatoes and okra were abundant. But it’s one of those dishes I never really thought about. Let’s face it I do prefer fried okra. 

However when I was working in Pakistan during the summer they served Bhindi Masala. It was a dish made with okra, tomatoes, onion and garlic. It was a basic curry dish but tasted very familiar. That is when I decided to learn how to make this dish.

You can use frozen okra and canned tomatoes but when I can get ingredients this fresh from our local farmers market I do prefer to use fresh. I do peel the tomatoes but feel free to leave the peels on.

Ingredients Prepared
Ingredients Prepared

Before heating up the oil I do like to have all of the prep done. The ratio I like is a little more okra than tomatoes but that is not set in stone. When dealing with fresh ingredients out of the garden. We work with what nature gives us.

One very important note: Okra does have a slime problem. Me and boiled okra have never gotten along. It’s a good thing that I was introduced to fried okra before boiled okra. The first thing we will need to do is lightly fry the okra before adding anything with liquid to the dish. This will help with the slime issue.

I do prefer to eat Smothered Okra and Tomatoes with cornbread but cornbread is not required.

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Smothered Okra and Tomatoes

Smothered Okra and Tomatoes Recipe πŸ…

Easy recipe for okra and tomatoes.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: okra, tomatoes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 103kcal
Author: James Strange


  • 2.25 Cups Okra Cup
  • 2 Cups Tomatoes Peeled and diced
  • 1/2 Cup Onion Diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Pinch Black Pepper


  • Wash, dry and prepare all the ingredients. Cut okra into rounds. Dice onion and tomato mince garlic
    Ingredients Prepared
  • In two Tablespoons oil on medium high heat fry okra for 3 minutes. This will help reduce the slime.
    Okra and tomatoes in the pan
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until onion is slightly translucent.
    Okra and tomatoes in the pan
  • Reduce heat to medium, add tomatoes, salt and pepper.
    Okra and tomatoes in the pan
  • Cook for 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning if you need to add salt etc. If its getting dry add some water.
    Smothered Okra and Tomatoes
  • Cook until the okra is done (should be around another 5 minutes) then serve.
    Smothered Okra and Tomatoes


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1023IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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