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Spicy Okra

Spicy Okra


1/2 cup
SourceFood Talk Farmer's Market
Prep time
4 minutes
Cooking time
16 minutes
Total time
20 minutes


Spice up your meals with this unique and flavorful okra recipe. 


1 pound
fresh okra (3"-5" pods)
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil
onion, medium (coarsely chopped)
1 pound
tomatoes, chopped (about 3 medium tomatoes)
jalepeno pepper or habanero chile (pierced 3 times with fork)
1⁄2 teaspoon
salt (optional)
1⁄2 teaspoon
black pepper


  1. Slice rinsed okra crosswise, cut into 1/2" to 1" slices.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over moderately high heat. Saute onion for about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes (including juice) and chile, and bring to a boil. Stir the mixture for 8 minutes. Add okra and cook, gently stirring until okra is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in salt and pepper and discard the chile. 
Food Glossary Terms: 


  • A can of low sodium, diced tomatoes can be substituted for the fresh.
  • Like it spicy? Instead of piercing the chili cut it up, seeds and all, and add to skillet with tomatoes. 

Nutritional Information 

45 calories, 1.5g fat, 1g protein, 7g carb, 2g fiber, 125mg sodium, 25% vitamin C, 8% vitamin A, 6% calcium, 4% iron