Okra and Tomatoes

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound okra, rinsed and trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped tomato
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground grains of paradise* or black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
Directions

Cut each okra pod in half lengthwise and set aside. If there are any pods longer than 4 inches, cut them in half crosswise and then lengthwise.

Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions along with the salt and cook until they begin to turn golden, approximately 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and add the ginger, pepper, cardamom and okra. Stir to combine. Cook, uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, taste and adjust the seasoning as desired. Serve immediately.

*Cook's Note: Grains of Paradise are available online and in specialty spice markets. They have a zesty flavor reminiscent of pepper, coriander, and cardamom.


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Generally put off by okra, but this was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a huge AB fan but was pretty disappointed with this recipe. I didn't feel the flavors blended and the ginger was wayyy overpowering for my taste. And the cooking methods weren't stellar, felt that the okra wasn't cooked all the way through and was too crunchy in a bad way and overcooked it other places. Wasn't feeling it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was delicious. I loved the ginger. Reminded me of some tomato dishes I had in Africa. Works great with the okra. I used whole sun gold tomatoes and they were delicious. I wish there was a little more liquid in the dish cause I served it over rice. Next time, I will add something more saucy, not sure what yet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good and so easy! I took the advice of one reviewer and sautéed the okra for two minutes so it wouldn't get gooey. Turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was simple, and delicious! Agree with the other reviewers that the cardamon and ginger tasted wonderful and exotic. I used both frozen and fresh okras, to see if there was any difference. The fresh okras had slightly better texture, but the frozen ones were very good too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great and easy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just harvested onions, tomatoes and okra from my Dad's garden. I made this for dinner and my family devoured it. Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow this was really delicious and flavorful! i have never had okra or cooked with it before, was a great first : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an easy and great tasting recipe. This solves what to do with okra! It tastes great without the spice of paradise. I'm guessing it is better with it but who has that! ha. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is great, although coming from my culinary background, I do not like the taste of slimy Okra. Here's what I would do to get around it, wash and dry the Okra, [with a towel], then heat a little oil in a pan. Note that this is not deep frying, just a little oil in the pan enough to be able to saute the okra. The oil has to be hot enough, else the Okra will take time. Once the oil is hot, the okra can be in and out in less than 2 minutes. Follow the rest of the recipe as is, notice the Okra is crisp and not slimy :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
Went to the Farmers Market today and picked up some okra and tomatoes and realized I didn't have any idea what to do with them. Thank goodness for AB! This is delicious!!!! Will definitely make this again!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful dish. It was like a big warm, bowl of HEARTY, comforting vegetable stew and so healthy too! First time I ever made okra as the main ingredient in the dish. I've had it in gumbo but not like this before. I didn't bother to peel the tomatoes and also omitted the olive oil to lighten it up even more. Still came out great. Was Surprised how flavorful it was. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time using one of Alton's recipes. Blessed with South Carolina fresh organic okra and tomatoes this week! the okra tased so good with the spices and onions, I decided to leave the tomatoes out for a salad. Only had crystalized ginger, but boy was it good. LOVE the cardamon in this. I now know how great this spice is. this actually turned into an awesome alternative to fried okra for me. Thanks Alton, even though I accidentally butchered the recipe.:) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I left out the ginger, paradise and cardamom and it was still the best okra I've ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I fixed it while watching the show and WOW great if you like OKRA try this its a MUST. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one great recipe..... I will make this over and over again... I used frozen okra and it worked very well.... I am now a fan of the Grains of Paradise spice. Good for you Alton Brown.. And THANKS item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so delicious! I wanted to make a meal out of it, so I added some diced chicken and served it over brown rice. SO good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've always been a fan of Alton Brown. Didn't see the good eats episode "Okraphobia" but i decided to try this anyway. I forgot to get cardamon so I substituted with half in cinnamon. It turned out delicious so I highly recommend it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used frozen okra and it was a hug success! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great dish for learning how to incorporate a few ingredients together, cook times and temps and is super tasty. I like having an option other than frying the okra as well, though I love that! Thanks Alton, as usual you did a great job. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Being from the south I grew up eating okra and tomatoes so I'm a tough judge. This was so good though, I'm going to have to make it again item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm from the great white north and have only ever had deep fried okra at a Cracker Barrel. You just don't find the stuff up here. I finally found a frozen bag at a Sav-a-Lot and made this recipe with it. The frozen variety worked great thawed and drained. Tasted wonderful! I love the unique flavor of the ginger and the cardamom. I too used regular black pepper, but will be ordering GOP soon so I can try this recipe again. Thanks AB, for turning a nothern girl on to okra! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I live in the south so I have made plenty of Okra dishes before, but never like this! The spices used (I was able to find grains of paradise online) made the okra taste extraordinary and exotic. I only wish that Alton had more recipes including grains of paradise because I bought much more than I needed for this recipe... item not reviewed by moderator and published

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