This okra in tomato sauce recipe is the perfect balance between savory, sweet, sour, and spicy. This is a quick 50 minutes okra and tomato stew made with garlic, jalapenos, tomatoes, olive oil, and fresh tomatoes. It’s very simple to make and takes a few simple ingredients.
This dish consists of frozen okra in lightly spicy tomato sauce, a delicious and healthy side dish for a summer day. Serve this with rice, flatbread, or just by itself.
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What you will need for this recipe:
Frozen okra– we used frozen okra for this recipe, fresh okra will work great as well, make sure you cut the fresh okra in half.
Olive oil– we used olive oil for this recipe, canola oil, and vegetable oil can work as well.
Fresh garlic– fresh garlic gives the best garlicky taste.
Jalapeno– we used jalapeno for spiciness, you can add as much or as little that you’d like.
Tomatoes– use fresh tomatoes for this recipe, canned tomatoes can work as well.
Tomato paste– use any kind of tomato paste.
Kosher salt– for spices, we used kosher salt, to enhance the natural flavors.
Granulated sugar– we used granulated sugar to break the sourness of the tomatoes. Caster sugar can work as well.
Hot water– use hot water.
How to make okra in tomato sauce:
1. Lightly cut the shell of the tomatoes (See in the video) and place the tomatoes in a bowl filled with hot water for 10 minutes.
2. Drain the water and peel the tomatoes.
3. Cut the peeled tomatoes into small cubes.
4. Thaw the frozen okra at room temperature for 30 minutes.
5. Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a small pot, and cook the garlic for 1 minute on medium-low heat.
6. Add the jalapenos and fry for another minute.
7. Add the okra and mix well.
8. Add the tomatoes and the tomato paste and mix well.
9. Pour hot water into the pot and cover the pot. Simmer for 25 minutes on medium-low heat.
10. Add the kosher salt and the granulated sugar and mix well.
11. Serve the okra with freshly made rice, or with a flatbread.
Frequently asked questions:
How long will the okra in tomatoes last?
The okra in tomatoes will last for 5 days placed in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze in an airtight freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months.
How to store okra in tomatoes?
Store the okra in tomatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze in an airtight freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months.
Can I use fresh okra for this recipe?
Yes, fresh okra can work great for this recipe, make sure you wash and cut the okra into halves.
How to serve okra in tomatoes?
Our favorite way to serve okra in tomatoes is with freshly made rice, couscous, or a flatbread.
Can I freeze the okra in tomatoes?
Yes. You can freeze the okra in tomatoes in an airtight freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months.
When ready to use, place the frozen container at room temperature until defrost halfway, then place the okra in tomatoes in a pot, bring it to a boil and serve with couscous, rice, or flatbread.
Why we love this recipe?
We love this recipe so much because it’s so easy to make, it tastes amazing, and takes only a few simple ingredients.
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