Okra With Seasoned Tomato Sauce

Okra and tomatoes on rice

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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
103 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 103
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 3g
Calcium 106mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Use fresh or frozen whole baby okra in this recipe or use sliced larger okra pods. Okra and tomatoes are a classic combination. This simple dish can be served as a side dish. Or make it a main dish over rice with cheese or an additional protein. Add beans, cooked diced chicken, diced ham, cooked shrimp, or crumbled bacon to the dish.

Lemon juice, some chopped onion, and garlic are the only extra seasoning ingredients you need for this flavorful dish. 


  • 1 pound fresh baby okra, washed, dried, stem ends trimmed very close to the top, or use frozen thawed whole baby okra
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, diced, or 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • dash salt and pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the okra for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove with slotted spoon to paper towels. Set aside.

  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the saucepan. Add the chopped onion; sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil.

  3. Turn the heat down to low; add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes longer.

  4. To serve, spoon about a few tablespoons of sauce into a serving dish. Top with the okra and then cover with remaining sauce.


Add about 1/4 cup of chopped celery along with the chopped onion; add an extra tablespoon of olive oil saute with the onion for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue with the recipe.