Easy Okra and Tomatoes Recipe -- Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo

So apparently okra is known for being slimy, but I never knew that. Because my mother always made okra the same way, and it never was slimy, and just was yummy with a nice texture. So now I'll share this recipe with you, which is pretty simple, to be honest, but can be changed up by adding whatever spices you want. Usually I add nothing and eating it as is, but this last time I made it, I topped it with zaatar spice mix, and it was absolutely amazing, probably my favorite way I've ever had okra.

I made this for a friend who was ambivalent about okra, and she said that this was her favorite way she ever had okra, and that I need to post the recipe. So here it is.

Easy Okra and Tomatoes Recipe -- Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo

1-2 tablespoons oil of choice
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 large tomatoes
2 cups frozen okra
1 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon sweetener (optional)
Zaatar spice mix (optional)

1. Chop your onions and mince your garlic.

2. Saute in oil until golden.

3. Dice tomatoes and add to the pan. Cook a few minutes.

4. Add the okra, mix it up, and allow to cook until the tomatoes are fully cooked and the okra defrosted.

5. Add water and salt and cook for a few minutes more.

6. If you don't like things so tart and your tomatoes are on the tart end, add a teaspoon or so of sweetener (but not too much or this will be sweet).

7. Serve hot or cold, ideally topped with zaatar spice mix, but great without zaatar as well.


Note: You can also make this with fresh okra, just add it to the pan at the same time as the tomatoes, and cook until they're also thoroughly cooked. I just make it with frozen because okra is seasonal here and hard to find.

Are you a fan of okra? How do you make it? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

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  1. I love okra. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just got some zaatar seasoning and can't wait to try it with this recipe.

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