skillet blistered okra and tomatoes on a white platter

Blistered Okra and Tomatoes

Delicious no slime recipe for blistered okra and tomatoes. Fresh summer okra is skillet roasted w/ tomatoes topped with fresh mint and lime juice.
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 1 lb okra whole,
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes whole
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh mint chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To help avoid slime factor - rinse the pods and dry them thoroughly. Any extra water in the cooking process will lead to sliminess.
  • Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the oil, swirl the pan to coat the bottom with the oil, and heat until the oil shimmers, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the okra, stir to coat it with oil, cover and cook, shaking the pan frequently to move the okra pods around inside, until the okra is starting to brown on the edges and is tender to the bite, about 8 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes to the pan with the okra 5 minutes into cooking the okra.
  • Add freshly chopped mint, lime juice and seasoning just before serving.

Notes

  • Trim off and discard the stem ends of the okra, if you like. Also feel free to roughly chop the okra. If you prefer to cook the pods whole, choose smaller ones to cook.
  • To help avoid slime factor - rinse the pods and dry them thoroughly. Any extra water in the cooking process will lead to sliminess.
  • Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the oil, swirl the pan to coat the bottom with the oil, and heat until the oil shimmers, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the okra, stir to coat it with oil, cover and cook, shaking the pan frequently to move the okra pods around inside, until the okra is starting to brown on the edges and is tender to the bite, about 8 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes to the pan with the okra 5 minutes into cooking the okra. The tomatoes will add some brightness and their acidity will not contribute to any sliminess.
  • Add freshly chopped mint, lime juice and seasoning just before serving. I tend to avoid adding any salt early in the cooking process as salt draws moisture to the surface which can lead to a somewhat soggy texture vs. crispy crunchy. Mint surprisingly is a good compliment to okra's grassy flavor.
  • Don't underrate the impact of quality tomatoes. I used recently picked ones bought at my local farmer's market.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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