Okra and Tomatoes (A.k.a. Okra Gumbo)

"I havent seen too many Okra recipes on Zaar, so i decided to post my favorite. My Grandmother taught me how to make this dish when I was 11, and I've been making it ever since. Its a great along side smothered steak and mashed potatoes, or rice."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Fry bacon in a large skillet that can be covered, until crisp. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels. Saute onion in bacon drippings until tender. Add okra and tomatoes, stir to blend. Cover, reduce to low heat. Cook for about an hour, or until okra is tender, stirring occasionally. Do not stir too much or too briskly, because the okra will fall apart. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • **Note: Nanny diced the bacon and fried it and the onion together. My family doesn't like the bacon cooked into it because the bacon becomes soft. If you do it my way, you can sprinkle the bacon on right before serving.

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  1. Dienia B.
    ive made this its really good but i used fresh tomatoes thanks for posting dee
  2. Cookinator
    This is one of my favorite recipes! Thanks for sharing!
  3. pheebess
    At first I thought this was too simple to really be good. Plus I have never liked okra. But after tasting, this recipe blew me away! The flavors really come together and take the slime away from the okra. Thank you for sharing this classic.
  4. blacksky_ms
    I haven't tried it yet but I give it five stars because my mother in law makes this and it's amazing. I bought frozen okra to try and make it like hers and while I was looking through here I found your recipe. It is just like she makes it and I am going to make some today.
  5. Ozlem
    The recipe gave me an idea that okra could be cooked without lemon juice, that's the way we cook it in Turkey. I cooked 1 lb. okra with 1/2 cup whole oats in the pressure cooker with 1 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt for 5 minutes and added the dressing (olive oil, apple cider vinegar and red pepper paste) and red onions after okra has cooled down.


  1. Lilys Chef
    I cook this in a large skillet for best results. Make sure you cook the bacon low and slow and let all of the grease render out of it. After you take the bacon out to cool, add the onion, okra, and diced up green bell pepper, and a big tomato diced also to the hot bacon grease. Add some salt pepper and granulated garlic and a splash or Siracha if you want, along with the crumbled up bacon, and stir it while it gets near boiling. Then reduce to simmer, cover it and come back in 12 mins. It should all be tender and delicious. I cook this all the time in the summer (thanks for the recipe!) and it always comes out great.
  2. pinkdrama
    I was looking for an okra recipe and I'm so glad I tried yours. I used ground pork instead of bacon and added a few gloves of garlic. It's great over brown rice. Excellent and simple recipe which I will definitely repeat.


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