Okra and Tomatoes

Total Time:
1 hr
30 min
30 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 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

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

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