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Okra Pilaf Recipe
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This is my very favorite rice recipe. I've served it many times and it's always received rave reviews. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup sliced fresh or frozen okra, thawed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

One 1/2-cup serving (prepared with turkey bacon and without salt) equals 134 calories, 2 g fat (0 saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 97 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable


  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain. Saute onion and green pepper in drippings for 6-8 minutes or until tender.
  2. Stir in the okra, tomatoes, salt if desired and pepper; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add rice; cook for 10-15 minutes or until okra is tender and liquid is absorbed. Crumble bacon; stir into rice mixture. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Okra Pilaf in Country Extra January 1997, p51

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"A wonderful change of pace from fried okra. It's also a very colorful dish to serve."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"I'm not a big fan of okra, but this was excellent and easy. I used turkey bacon and a can of diced tomatoes instead and the flavor was great. I will make this again and maybe add some shrimp."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"so easy and tastes wonderful, I have use can tomatoes and it still tastes great"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2007

"I have made this numerous times and taken to carry-ins also and everyone always loves it. It is one of our very favorite dishes and so easy to make. I do wonder if anyone has ever used canned tomatoes. I often think of trying them after tomato season is over but never have."

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