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Easy Okra and Tomatoes (Fresh or Frozen)

Easy Okra and Tomatoes (Fresh or Frozen) is the best Southern recipe for stewed vegetables with bacon seasoned with Creole Seasoning. This dish is quick to make using canned tomatoes.

okra and tomatoes in a skillet with a purple napkin

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chopped bacon, frozen okra, chopped onions, diced tomatoes, and seasoning all in separate bowls

If you are familiar with Southern recipes, you are probably well acquainted with okra. If you aren’t, then maybe you have enjoyed in my Instant Pot Gumbo?

I’m usually so disappointed when I hear people say they will only eat their okra fried. There are so many amazing ways to enjoy it, including stewed and within soups and stews.

chopped bacon in a skillet
chopped and cooked bacon in a skillet

How to Cook Okra and Tomatoes

  1. Heat a frying pan on medium-high heat and add the chopped bacon. Cook for a few minutes until the bacon is crisp.
  2. Remove the bacon from the pan drain excess. I usually reserve a teaspoon of grease in the pan.
  3. Add onions to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent and fragrant.
  4. Add the okra, tomatoes, Creole Seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pan.
  6. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  7. Top with the cooked bacon.
chopped onions in a skillet

Fresh or Frozen Okra

You can use either in this recipe with no change to the cook time.

I live in the Midwest. It is really hard to find fresh okra here. I usually use frozen okra when I make this dish.

diced tomatoes and frozen okra in a skillet

How to Cook Okra Without the Slime

I will start by saying I like the slime from okra! I’ve never minded it one bit. Okra has a substance inside it called mucilage which acts as a natural thickener. This is why okra works wonderfully in gumbo and other stews.

To remove the slime you can soak the cut okra in vinegar for 30 minutes prior to cooking it. You can also read this post on How to Cook Okra So It’s Not Slimy.

diced tomatoes and frozen okra in a skillet
diced tomatoes and frozen okra in a skillet

How Many Carbs?

Each serving of this recipe has 7 net carbs.

What Goes Well With This Dish?

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Keto Low-Carb Meatloaf
Keto Low-Carb Salisbury Steak
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Southern Coleslaw Recipe
Easy Spaghetti Salad
Southern Green Beans

okra and stewed tomatoes in a white bowl
close up photo of okra and tomatoes in a pan

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okra and tomatoes in a skillet with a purple napkin
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Easy Okra and Tomatoes (Fresh or Frozen)

Easy Okra and Tomatoes (Fresh or Frozen) is the best Southern recipe for stewed vegetables with bacon seasoned with Creole Seasoning. This dish is quick to make using canned tomatoes.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword fresh okra and tomatoes, frozen okra and tomatoes, okra and tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 61kcal



  • Cook the bacon in a skillet on medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until crisp and remove the bacon and set aside.
  • You can drain the fat from the bacon if you wish or leave it. I reserve at least a teaspoon of fat. Add the onions to the pan and saute for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add in the okra, diced tomatoes, and all of the seasonings. Stir.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the okra is soft.
  • Open the pot and add the cooked bacon. Stir.



Feel free to omit the bacon if you would like a vegetarian dish.
The cook time remains the same for both fresh and frozen okra.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

This was DELICIOUS! Made it tonight and didn’t want to share it with anyone!


Thursday 24th of September 2020

haha! No sharing allowed!

Martha Adams

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Made this tonight. It is a very good recipe and very easy to put together. This will be my go to recipe. I also made it a few weeks ago and added andouille sausage and shrimp and served over rice for a main dish


Saturday 25th of July 2020

One of my favorites! So glad you enjoyed it.

Angele D.

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

My mother in law makes a similar dish in the summer but with fried okra. This was a healthier version I can serve while still getting the satisfaction I want from a delicious summer salad.


Thursday 16th of July 2020

Yes, this is perfect for summer!


Wednesday 15th of April 2020

This was really good. I had fresh okra!


Thursday 16th of April 2020

That's awesome that you used fresh okra!