Southern Okra * 2 Ways

Happy Food Day * Thursday

Today its all about Okra.  Grown in by  many gardens in south Louisiana  this vegetable is part of life here. Most people have a love hate recipe for this vegetable.

Want to plant some ? 

Planting okra, remember that it’s a warm season crop. Growing okra requires a lot of sunshine, so find a place in your garden that doesn’t get much shade. Also, when planting okra, be sure there is good drainage in your garden.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Planting Okra: How To Grow Okra

It can be cooked many different ways : Fried,Gumbo & Stewed


Here’s a Recipe for Fresh Okra and Tomatoes  ( Microwave  version)

  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes /peeled
  • 3 C  fresh sliced okra
  • 1/4 C chopped onion,bell pepper
  • 1/2 C  water
  • ! t   Sugar &  Salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 T flour
  • 2 T  water


Puree 2 of the tomatoes &  dice up  the other 2 tomatoes .

Combine- okra,onions,pepper 7 1/2 C water in a microwaveable dish. Cover with wrap and Microwave on High for 9= 11 minutes until done. Drain liquid Off  and add – tomato,sugar,salt & pepper to mixture and Mix. Wrap again with wrap and cook for 3 minutes Stir together flour & water to mixture and Stir. Cook another 2 minutes,


Traditional Way :

  • 1 lb okra
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 3 T bacon grease (oil)
  • 1 C   Chopped   Onion  & Green  Pepper
  • 1 t  Salt
  • 1/4   t     Tabasco sauce



Clean  and Cut up Okra in 1/2  round pieces. In a large pan  add 1 T grease and cook Onions &  Bell Pepper till soft.. In a skillet with 2 T bacon grease add  Okra and Cook about 15 minutes.  Combine and add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until done. Check Seasoning for taste and Serve.

Can be served as a side dish or over white rice ! 

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