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My Homemade Smothered Okra and Tomatoes

Updated on December 28, 2012

And So It Begins...

This is how all of the ingredients look as it begins to cook and "smother".
This is how all of the ingredients look as it begins to cook and "smother". | Source

My wife Loves My Smothered Okra and Tomatoes

Hello again! Well this time its my homemade smothered okra and tomatoes! Really a simple dish but so very complex in flavors! My wife Olga loves this stuff and will readily consume an entire batch by herself if I let her. She has it with a little splash of Tabasco sauce and an ice cold Coke! It really is good! It is also great if added into a homemade gumbo of any kind. I guess I have been making okra and tomatoes or atleast eating it for as far back as I can remember! My Mom introduced me to the wonders of this strange vegetable many years ago! So for that I say THANK YOU MOM!

It's Done! Ring the Dinner Bell!

Well here it is!  Beautiful, velvety, tomatoey, well seasoned pot of deliciousness!  All you need is some hot cornbread, Tabasco sauce and some iced tea with lemon!
Well here it is! Beautiful, velvety, tomatoey, well seasoned pot of deliciousness! All you need is some hot cornbread, Tabasco sauce and some iced tea with lemon! | Source

Homemade Smothered Okra and Tomatoes

Here we go:

  • 3 to 4 lbs. frozen sliced okra
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic,finely diced
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. cajun seasoning
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups water

Saute onion in a large pot with the olive oil. Add in the garlic when the onion has softened and turned a bit translucent. Stir in the okra, water, tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings. Turn heat to medium low and cover pot. Allow to come to a simmer while stirring occasionally. Add water as needed. Allow to cook for about 30 minutes, cover and turn off heat. Allow to sit for about an hour covered to "smother" in the pot. Stir after it sits and adjust seasonings.

I serve this with hot, buttered cornbread, Tabasco sauce and an ice cold beer or iced tea. That is all that is needed for a great meal! It can also be used as the base for a great gumbo.

I do hope you try this recipe out with your family and friends and let me know what you think!




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    • Senoritaa profile image

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      I make something similar very regularly minus the cajun. Good one.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love okra and tomatoes together! This looks great, especially now that fall is just around the corner. Put some good ole corn bread with it and have a wonderful meal! Definately going to give this a try soon! Voted up, useful and sharing! Have a great day! :)

    • Bubba Jasper profile imageAUTHOR

      Bubba Jasper 

      6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      I would also add that if you have some pickled jalapeno peppers you should/could add in about a 1/4 cup of the vinegar from the jar to cut the slime of the okra while cooking. It will also add some flavor as well! Thank you all for your comments and I hope you enjoy!

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      Midlife Magic 

      6 years ago from Canada

      This looks amazing. There used to be a restaurant that I went to many years ago, that served a soup that was full of okra and I remember loving it. I will definitely give this one a try for nostaligia sake!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This looks great. I love okra and tomatoes. Add some cornbread and give thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds similar to something I used to eat all the time when living with my parents. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'll be trying this soon. Love Okra and tomatoes!


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