How to Make Yummy Stewed Okra and Tomatoes


 My Yummy Stewed Okra and Tomatoes are a healthy and delicious Southern side. This recipe calls for only four ingredients, is ready in 15 minutes, and is packed full of fresh summer flavor! 

stewed okra & tomatoes

In the summertime, there is a beautiful abundance of fresh vegetables. Not only are summertime veggies fresh, but they are also so flavorful! My favorite kinds of summer recipes are the ones simple enough to let all that gorgeous summer produce shine. This Yummy Stewed Okra & Tomatoes recipe does just that! It makes a perfect side dish and is a great addition to any potluck or family gathering.


How Do I Make Stewed Okra and Tomatoes?

Recipes that do not take up a lot of time, but still pack a full punch of flavor are my very favorite kinds! Additionally, if only one skillet is required that is even better! My Stewed Okra and Tomatoes recipe checks all those boxes, and even more than that, it is a healthy Southern side! All you need to make this delicious dish is bacon, tomatoes, okra, and an onion! That is IT!!

stewed okra & tomatoes

Is Stewed Okra Slimy?

Many of us, especially long-time Southerners, are used to okra in one form: fried. However, there are so many other delicious ways to enjoy this sweet vegetable. If you are afraid your stewed okra will turn out slimy, fear not! While the okra in this dish is not crispy, the tomato juices break down and the mucilage (or the gelatin-like quality of the okra) is actually what holds this dish together. Conversely, if you are still concerned about the texture, try soaking the okra in white vinegar for 30 minutes before using it. 

A Match Made In Heaven:

While this recipe calls for only four ingredients, those four ingredients are all that is needed to bring out fresh, summer goodness. Do not mistake its simplicity for a lack of flavor! Bacon fat is PACKED full of flavor, and seasons the tomatoes and okra perfectly with its smoky, salty taste. The onions add a caramelized sweetness, and the flavors from the tomatoes and okra meld so well together. To sum it up, no one will believe how easy this was to make when they taste it! 

Can I Use Canned Tomatoes? 

While fresh tomatoes are preferred, canned tomatoes will work just as well! If you do not have fresh tomatoes on your hands, simply use a 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes and follow the recipe as directed. 

What Goes Well With Stewed Okra and Tomatoes?

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes are SUCH a versatile side! I love to serve them with cornbread, especially my Best Cornbread in a Cast Iron Skillet. This side dish is also great served with bar-b-que, such as beef brisket or baby back ribs! I love to serve it along with other Southern sides such as black-eyed peas or smashed potatoes. As you can see, this dish truly goes well with just about anything! 

stewed okra and tomatoes

Watch Me Make Yummy Stewed Okra and Tomatoes:

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my post on 5 Southern Food Recipies You Need to Try! For more delicious Southern sides, try my Southern Style Peas or my Southern Style Instant Pot Collard Greens

Let me know how you enjoy this easy summer dish in the comments below. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

stewed okra & tomatoes

How to Make Yummy Stewed Okra & Tomatoes

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 4 slices hickory smoked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Vidella onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups sliced okra
  • 1 1/2 cup of fresh tomatoes, chopped (you can also use a 14 ounce can of tomatoes)


1. Cook the bacon in a skillet, then add in the onions and cook in the bacon fat until they start to caramelize.

2. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add the fresh okra and the chopped tomatoes to the skillet, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 51Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 6mgSodium 139mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 4g

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  1. Beth, you can absolutely use any other method of adding fat. EVOO, avocado oil, ghee, prosciutto……..I just love bacon:-) Hope this helps!!

  2. I know this sounds lazy (and I guess it is), but is there a substitute for bacon? I love it but, for just two of us, it’s a lot. Prosciutto (I think Trader Joe’s has it diced) or real bacon bits? Thank you for this recipe!

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