Sautéed Okra and Tomatoes

It seems that okra is one of those vegetables people either love or avoid at all costs, so if you’re not a fan, don’t dismiss this recipe – try it with zucchini instead. We happen to love okra, especially in soups, but it also makes a great side dish to pair with Southern-style entrées. The recipe is a simple one – sweet onion, garlic, sliced okra and fresh cherry tomatoes, sautéed until tender and finished with a bit of butter for extra flavor.

Sautéed Okra and Tomatoes

Sautéed Okra and Tomatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This quick sauté of sliced okra, sweet onion and garlic combined with fresh tomatoes makes a nice accompaniment for Southern-style entrées.


  • 1 lb fresh okra
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Trim the tips from the okra and slice into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 2 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, 1 minute longer.
  4. Add the okra to the pan and sauté, stirring frequently, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, season to taste with salt and pepper and continue cooking just long enough for the tomatoes to soften.
  6. Add butter and toss the mixture until the butter melts.
  7. Serve immediately.

4 servings