Okra Recipe: Lebanese Bamia

Okra Recipe: Lebanese Bamia Okra was definitely one of those foods that I sworn to myself as a child that I would never eat as a grown up. And I kept to that promise for a very long time…up until now…This Okra recipe also known as Lebanese Bamia is simple and delicious.

Let me tell you why, firstly, its slimy! I never cared for the texture. Secondly, anything my mom vehemently shoved on my plate, my natural response would be not to touch it. Well I am very familiar with karma as my children do the same to me now. LOL don’t you just love the circle of life! 

Okra Recipe: Lebanese Bamia
Saute the okra on high heat with olive oil to remove the slim!

This recipe is so easy and takes less than an hour to make. You can enjoy it hot or cold, as a side dish or a main, with rice or by itself. Its very versatile. For this recipe I used a mixture of fresh and frozen okra but either is fine. The trick to reduce slim is to only slice the stem off of the okra and not open the okra pod. Then fry them in hot extra virgin olive oil with onions, garlic and salt.

Okra Recipe: Lebanese Bamia
Fresh Okra sliced in starlets

You can use fresh tomatoes by removing the tomato skin or use canned tomatoes. I used Hunt’s chopped tomatoes that were flavored with garlic, basil and oregano. Its a nice Italian twist to this dish.


Okra Recipe: Lebanese Bamia
Hunts Diced tomatos with basil, garlic and oregano adds amazing flavor

Okra Recipe: Lebanese Bamia

Okra or Lebanese Bamia
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Serves: 5
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 400 gram frozen okra (or fresh okra)
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatos
  • salt and pepper
  1. Finely chop the medium onion and add to a hot pan of olive oil
  2. sauté the onions for 4-5 minutes until soft
  3. Slice the stem off of the okra and add to the hot pan
  4. saute the okra for 5-7 minutes
  5. you may need to add more olive oil if the pan is dry
  6. Smash the garlic and add it to the okra
  7. cook for 2 minutes until fragrant
  8. Add two cans of chopped tomatoes to the pan
  9. cook on low heat for 25-30 minutes until okra is tender
  10. salt and pepper to taste




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