This Smothered Okra is a classic Cajun Recipe that is bursting with southern flavors. Made as a vegetarian dish, you can easily add chicken, sausage or shrimp to it as well!
Classic Southern Cuisine
Here at Bubba Pie, we love simple, honest comfort food. And, when you look to the southern US, it’s not hard to find these recipes. From Southern Bread Pudding and Black Eyed Peas, to Arkansas Green Beans, the south serves up some delicious dishes that have been passed down through the generations.
But what this site has been missing is a nice, creole and cajun recipe. We have a Cajun restaurant down the street that I absolutely LOVE. So, it’s amazing we haven’t made our own versions of some of this tasty cuisine!
Well, that ends today! Today we are going to take a trip down to Louisiana and share this recipe for Smothered Okra!
Okra, actually technically a fruit, is a really great ingredient to put into soups, gumbos and stews. It’s also really great to deep fry! It’s got a natural thickening agent to it that really help makes anything it’s involved with a little more hearty.
If you look at other recipes, you’ll usually find Smothered Okra paired with a meat like sausage, chicken or shrimp. But we wanted to offer up a vegetarian version of this dish. But, if you want to add a meat of your choice, you can easily do that!
We love this recipe because it is so affordable to make. Seriously, all you need is:
- OKRA – We used fresh Okra in this recipe. You can use frozen okra if you’d like.
- CREOLE SEASONING – You can find this in just about any supermarket. If needed, you can substitute for Cajun Seasoning. Most Creole seasoning is a mix of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, dried oregano and basil. So, if you have some of these spices you can make your own. The most important of these would be the first three.
- ONIONS – Red or Yellow Onions. It doesn’t matter.
- GARLIC – minced.
- DICED TOMATOES – We just used canned diced tomatoes. You can you fresh tomatoes but you may need to add a little water to this recipe to replace the tomato juice in the can.
- VEGETABLE OIL – Or any other oil you’d like to use.
This smothered okra may be one of the least expensive recipes to make we have posted on this site!
Storage and Freezing
You can keep leftovers in your refrigerator in an airtight container. They should last for about 4 days. I would not freeze this recipe.
We hope you enjoy this recipe. Keep checking back for more easy comfort food dishes! Thanks for reading!
Notes, Tips and Suggestions
- SALT AND PEPPER – We didn’t list it as an ingredient. But, obviously, salt and pepper as needed to your tastes.
- USE A LARGE POT – Make sure you are using a nice, large pot or skillet to really be able to mix the ingredients.
- SERVE WITH RICE – This Smothered Okra works as a meal all by itself. But if you want it to stretch further, it would also taste great on a bed of rice.
We hope you like this recipe for Smothered Okra. Please let us know how it turns out in the comment section below!
- 2 pounds okra sliced
- 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
- 2 small onions chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 10- ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Combine all ingredients in a large skillet. Stir to mix.
- Cover and cook over low heat for 1 ½ to 2 hours, stirring frequently.
- When the slime is gone from the okra, remove the lid and cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes until remaining liquid has been reduced.