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Okra and tomatoes make a delicious side dish. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this vegetable recipe is a favorite!

Okra and Tomatoes

Okra and tomatoes make a wonderful side dish anytime of the year, but especially during the summer as you can get fresh okra. These vegetables really sing when used together in this dish with the addition of onion and garlic.

Okra and tomatoes go perfectly with just about any meal you are serving – from grilled or roasted chicken to roast beef, pork or fish. It all works.

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Here’s how I make my Okra and Tomatoes recipe. I hope you love it!

5 from 2 votes

Okra and Tomatoes Recipe

Side Dish 25 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 8
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Okra and Tomatoes make a delicious side dish. Delicious with chicken, pork, beef, or fish!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh okra cleaned and cut into 1" slices
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper


  • Add olive oil to a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add in onions and saute until tender. Add garlic.
  • Pour in diced tomatoes and toss in okra. Stir to combine.
  • Allow to simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes until the okra has become tender.
  • Toss in salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

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Recipe Review


  1. A healthy and full nutritional dish made within 25 minutes. Looks delicious!

  2. One of my favorite dishes… this stuff!!!! Going to the farmer’s market today, and will definitely be making this tonight. Thanks for helping plan my menu!!!!

  3. I’ve been cooking okra and tomatoes since I was big enough to reach the stove. A real Southern classic!

  4. Classic. I remember fondly my grandmother making this all the time during the summers. And it was great with catfish!

  5. My Ma Fann used to make this every year at our family reunion with okra straight from her garden. NOTHING BETTER! She made an amazing squash version too. Good stuff!!!!

  6. Around here we have a variation of that and we call it okra stew. Sometimes we add ground beef or turkey and then it’s a complete one dish meal.


    1. My dad cooks it this way as well…except instead of cornmeal he uses flour!! But you’re right…it is soooooo delicious!! I learned to cook it like my dad, but I started putting either fresh corn or frozen corn in it as well…OMG it is absolutely HEAVEN ON YOUR PLATE!!!!!!

  8. Add some corn cut fresh off of the cob and you have a dish that will blow your mind! I make lots and freeze it to remind me in the winter all of the blessings of a summer garden. It’s Heaven with a slab of cornbread dripping with real butter and a grilled pork chop!

  9. I make this with fresh corn on the cob, along with crispy real or turkey bacon. First you brown your bacon to crispy, leaving about 1-T of bacon drippings in skillet. Add your okra, tomatoes, onions, and corn on the cob. Add salt and pepper to taste, along with a bit of butter. Let it cook down until the juices are thickened a little, and you are good to go. A hit with the family. One skillet meal.

    1. I do mine almost the same way but instead of the canned chopped tomatoes I use a can of Rotel tomatoes to give it a kick.

  10. Making this recipe for the second time this week! It is delicious and so simple! We grow our own okra and freeze it already cut in 1” pieces. Including chopping onions, it’s ready to eat in 20-30 minutes! Tastes great!

    1. Such a delicious side dish! Home grown okra is one of my favorite things in the world! Glad you enjoyed it, Letha!

  11. omg i just did this and i finished the whole thing. i am new okra freak. i started off with fried okra, but this one here beat my top 5 fried okra. thank you so much for sharing this recipe. i wish there was a way i could pay u back. Bincreased love everytime. Best regards.

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve got an overabundance of tomatoes and okra right now in my garden. I added some red and yellow pepper slices from a purchase at the grocery. Made about triple the recipe offered and it took me an additional 15 minutes to cook them. Still didn’t have them blackened or charred but they were delicious. Recommend this recipe

    1. Thanks, Neena. Vegetables home grown in the garden just taste so much better.

  13. I grew up with my Mema’s Okra and Tomatoes which she made from fresh vegetables from her garden, without a recipe. I have been craving her delicious home cooking, this recipe comes as close as I can get.

    1. Henry, I use canned diced tomatoes in this recipe. If I were using fresh tomatoes, I would peel them before cooking.