Smothered Okra

"Southern Creole style okra!"
photo by Shannon T. photo by Shannon T.
photo by Shannon T.
photo by Cooking in New Orleans photo by Cooking in New Orleans
Ready In:
1hr 35mins


  • 1 lb okra, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 12 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 34 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 (2 1/2 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, with juice
  • salt and pepper


  • Pour oil in bottom of pan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover pot and simmer 1 1/2 hours on low, stirring often.
  • Remove the cover the last 10 minutes.

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  1. I'm not a big okra fan, but this is a great dish. My mother-in-law makes a similar dish, but she adds smoked sausage and shrimp. Thus, I omitted the mushrooms and added sausage and shrimp. I sauteed my onions, bell peppers, and garlic in the olive oil. Then I added the okra and cooked it until most of the "slime" cooked out. Then, I added tomato paste and about one cup of water ( I didn't have canned tomatoes). I added cut smoked sausage and cooked for about 45 minutes. Last, I added pre-cooked shrimp towards the end of cooking, so they would not dry out. Great recipe. Thanks!
  2. Add 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon of Gumbo file' or 1 tablespoon Salt free Tony's Chachere's 1 tablespoon of Chives/green onion 1 tablespoon of miniced garlic 4 links Patton's Hot sausage chopped 3 links D&D Smoked sausage chopped Fry your meats in a frying pan pour of grease. Add four blue grabs and 1 lb. shrimp at the end. Simmer four 15 minutes then eat! Seperatedly cook: Long grain rice add 2 teaspoons of sea salt.
  3. I loved the okra, tomatoes and mushrooms cooked together, but I thought the final result was very bland in taste. When I make this again, I'll use additional spices to give it a little kick.
  4. Very goooood Steph, My mother use to make Okra like this, She was a VERY good cook. We grow Okra, so I have it in the freezer, the recipe is a keeper. thank you for posting the recipe.


  1. I followed the directions and then added my extra touch. - Am a New Orleans Girl !!!!!



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