Okra Simmered with Tomato

    40 minutes

    Fresh okra is delicious when simmered with tomatoes in this Creole-inspired vegan side dish. Use more cayenne if you like it spicy.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 large onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 green capsicum, chopped
    • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • handful chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 500g okra, trimmed and sliced

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add capsicum and cook and stir until tender. Drain the tomatoes, reserving juice, and pour them into the frying pan. Season with thyme, parsley, cayenne, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat.
    2. Add the okra, and pour in enough of the reserved juice from the tomatoes to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until okra is tender.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. For folks who think or have read that okra is too slimey to enjoy- try this recipe! I found this recipe delicious, a snap to make, and it's really healthy. I used a tin of real Italian cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme, and added a bit more garlic, and it was wonderful. Okra-phobes, you won't regret trying this!  -  29 Sep 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. Mmmmm! Really good! This was my first time making okra (and second time eating it...first experience wasn't too great) and it was really yummy! We like lots of garlic so I doubled it and ended up adding the entire can of tomatoes. Delicious  -  29 Sep 2008


    Definitely my favourite way to have okra. Even my kids enjoyed this recipe, (I was afraid it might be too spicy). I mixed the leftovers in a gumbo soup I made with it and served them together which worked well too. Yum!  -  29 Sep 2008