Stewed Tomatoes and Okra
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Stewed Tomatoes and Okra

A Southern Classic-stewed tomatoes and okra with a hint of garlic. Always a family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cajun, Creole, French
Servings: 4 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Anecia Hero - SmartyPantsKitchen


  • 2 lbs. tomatoes peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 1-2 lbs. okra rinsed, dried, cut
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon sugar * see recipe notes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper


  • Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat
  • Add onion and saute until translucent
  • Add garlic and allow to cook for about 3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes and bay leaf; cook tomatoes until the liquid is absorbed - about 10 minutes
  • Add water (or broth) to tomatoes and continue to cook on medium heat
  • Add okra to tomato/onion mixture; reduce heat and cover
  • Cook for 15 minutes, until okra is tender
  • Remove bay leaf and taste for seasonings; serve immediately


  • If you're using store-bought or canned tomatoes, plan on adding sugar to balance the acidity
  • If you're using canned San Marzano tomatoes, no sugar is necessary (read about San Marzano tomatoes here)


Calories: 100kcal