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mediterranean dish with okra & tomatoes

Okra is here! So of course we had to find the perfect recipe to highlight this fiber-rich produce. This recipe also has a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern twist and tastes savory, tangy, and with a little bit of spice! It's more like a stew of okra, tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapenos, spices, and lime juice. 


4 garlic cloves
Extra virgin olive oil
1 onion
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers
1 lb okra
kosher salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1/2-3/4 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
1 fresh tomato sliced on top
lime juice
parsley for garnish

Recipe Instructions

Step 1: Cook the sofrito (onions, garlic, and hot peppers like jalapeno) in a bit of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet or braising pan with a lid. 
Step 2: Add the okra and cook another 5 to 7 minutes over medium-high heat. (If you’re using frozen okra, you do not need to thaw it in advance).
Step 3: Season with kosher salt, black pepper, allspice, coriander and paprika. Toss to coat.

Step 4: Add tomatoes and water. Stir in crushed canned tomatoes (1 1/2 cup) and a 1/2 cup of water. Top with sliced tomatoes.
Step 5: Cook. Bring the okra stew to a boil, then lower the heat and cover almost all the way but allow a little opening at the top. Let simmer for 25 minutes or until the okra is cooked to your liking (some folks like it super tender, so you can keep going a few minutes if you need to).
Step 6: Add lime juice. Don’t forget to add your citrus! Start with juice of lime (lemon juice will work also). Test and adjust seasoning and add more citrus to your liking.
Step 7: Garnish with fresh parsley, if you like.

The recipe listed out above along with the image are courtesy of The Mediterranean Dish

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