Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes are just so delicious.

This dish is truly a comfort dish like no other. Just so warm, delicious, and utterly satisfying. Yes, utterly.

The flavors are deep and so comforting.

A white bowl holding stewed okra and tomatoes.


This dish really is delicious any time of the year. Summertime is great, but they are a favorite during the holiday season, too.

And..this dish is surprisingly easy to prepare!

Watch us show you how simple it is to make Stewed Okra and Tomatoes!

Fresh okra is great, but obviously isn’t always in season. Frozen okra that has been thawed works perfectly fine, too.

Okra, when prepare correctly, is so delicious.

fresh okra held by two hands

So, okra can be a little slimy, (I know, I hate that word), so give these sliced gems a quick fry in some bacon fat (or vegetable oil) and you won’t believe how good this dish turns out.

You’ll notice as you sauté these in a nice hot skillet, the ‘slime-factor’ goes away.

cut okra in a hot skillet and wooden spoon
Fried okra is a popular dish, especially in the South, but let me tell you, Stewed Okra with Tomatoes is something special.

The smell as it simmers on the stove is incredible. Stewed Okra and Tomatoes is just the best.


Fresh okra in a skillet with tomatoes

This has without a doubt been been a favorite dish in our house for many years.

It is now a staple on our Thanksgiving table. But also a summertime favorite, too!

It is easy to prepare, and you can even make it in advance, and then re-heat just before serving.

Stewed okra with tomatoes in a bowl with a silver spoon

We just can’t say enough about this amazing Stew Okra and Tomatoes recipe.

Make this and we feel quite certain you and your loved ones will love it as much as we do!

Let’s hear it for OKRA!!

stewed okra with tomatoes

stewed okra with tomatoes

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes is such a delicious dish and is literally exploding with flavor. An all-time favorite!  Great on a holiday table, too!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Side dish
Keyword: okra, Southern cuisine
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 315kcal


  • 2 tbsp quality olive oil
  • 4 cups trimmed fresh okra cut into 1 & 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 tbsp bacon fat or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes drained and roughly chopped (We love San Marzano!)
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the okra and saute for 5 to 8 minutes until the okra starts to slightly brown and most of the 'slime' has disappeared. Set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add the onion, jalapeno, and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, salt, pepper, bay leaves, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and vinegar.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down and start forming something like a paste.
  • Add the stock and simmer for 15 minutes longer over low heat.
  • Stir the okra into the tomato sauce, raise the heat to medium, and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Taste, and adjust seasonings, as needed. Remove bay leaves and serve at once.


This dish can easily be prepared a day in advance and re-heated 30 minutes before serving.  Add a little more stock to thin the dish, if desired. 


Calories: 315kcal
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  • Oh Kris & Wesley, this was awesome. I followed your recipe exactly, not substituting anything. Which I never do the first time making anybody’s recipes. We’re not allergic to anything & love everything! . My husband has just started coming around to okra, like a lot of ppl, not fan of slime. Love, love this. The aroma was great. I could see serving this with smoked kielbasa on the side, or over basmati, jasmine or brown rice. I have so many ideas that I can’t list them all, lol. I can’t believe I’ve never had this. Okra is plentiful here in the south. (We’re originally from NY) I did find out though that you shouldn’t use okra that is longer than 4 inches. They seem to be tough. Realized that while cutting, the seeds inside were slightly brown, so I threw them out. Thanks for sharing. Will be making this again. I wish I could share a picture here. Maybe I can on IG.

    • Hi Sandra!! That is so WONDERFUL to hear! We are so happy that you had success with this dish. We love it so much and glad to hear your hubby is starting to get on the okra train! And yes, served with smoked kielbasa or over basmati is perfection!! And you are SO correct! The large okra is a bit tougher and stringy. I’m glad you mentioned that, we’ll update the post to indicate that. YES! Post on IG and tag us! Thank you so much for letting us know about your success. It means so much to us!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • Love it, been eating this dish since I was a small child. Thank y’all so much for sharing your delicious recipes.

    • Hi Lindy! We love it so much! And completely agree, there is a nostalgic element to this dish, too. I remember it as a child during the holidays! So good!! And than you so very much!! We LOVE hearing from you! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Thank you, Yolanda! We are so glad you liked this recipe, we love okra and tomatoes so much!! And thank you for letting us know, we truly appreciate that!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I absolutely love this recipe! I always liked okra and now I really love it and so does my husband! Thank you for this delicious dish!

    • Hi there!! We are so very happy you loved the okra and stewed tomatoes! It’s one of our favorites, too!! And thank you for letting us know, that means the world to us!! Please stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

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