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Southern Okra Recipe

Southern Okra Recipe

This recipe dates back generations in my family. I enjoy it so much because I can use the fresh vegetables that are so abundant here in the South.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sliced fresh okra
  • Boiling water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • Cooked rice, optional


  • 1. In a small shallow bowl, combine the sugar, flour, salt and pepper; set aside. In a small saucepan, cover and cook okra in boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Stir in the tomatoes and reserved sugar; cook for 5 minutes. Add okra. Heat through, stirring as little as possible. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 83 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable, 1 fat.

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marybaileyb User ID: 3028584 11401
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"I make this all time. The only difference in mine is, I saute my okra with my onion and use rotels and green chilies. It great and quick and easy."

mawhite_10 User ID: 5286638 15329
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"when I read your post here, it reminded me of watching mom do okra and tomatoes......I sort of "adapted" hers to my own style and this simple recipe is what follows.....

Melt butter (the real mccoy) or olive oil if you iron skillet....add lots of chopped onions and okra and saute slowly.......when the okra and onions get tender and the okra starts to slime a bit, add tomatoes........sprinkle a pinch of sugar (to combat some of the acid), salt, pepper and garlic and/or onion powder to the pot......slow simmer till it gets all melded together and to the desired doneness you prefer.   The flavor is wonderful.   Mom likes it better than hers.  (covering helps to steam it and cook it faster......but you must stir quite often).   If it gets sort of dry, add a bit of kitchen basics chicken stock.
Good luck.    

skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 14903
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"This recipe was good but very hard to follow. It tells you to combine the sugar, flour, salt and pepper; set aside, but It never tells you to add these ingrediants. It tells you to Stir in the tomatoes and reserved sugar; but it doesn't tell you to how much suger to reserve. I know the suger and flour mixture is a thickener, but mine did not contain alot of mositure that needed to be thickened. Can be a good recipe but you need to know how to cook in order to figure this one out."

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