Okra Stew

A warm stew’s wonderfully homey, especially when it features the often-overlooked okra. Today, I’m sharing a recipe for Okra Stew that not only showcases this unique vegetable but also wraps it in a blend of rich flavours and hearty textures.

This dish is perfect for anyone looking to add a little variety to their meal routine, combining the freshness of vegetables with the deep, comforting notes of spices and herbs. Whether you’re an okra lover or just curious about trying it in a new way, this stew is sure to delight your palate!

Okra Stew Recipe

Serve this vibrant and flavorful Okra Stew hot, perhaps with a side of crusty bread or over a bed of rice for a complete meal. Enjoy the rich tapestry of flavours and the comforting warmth it brings to any dining table!


  • ⅓ cup of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 pounds of okra, trimmed and sliced
  • 6 ounces of tomato paste
  • 1 pound of fresh spinach
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of bouillon vegetable paste
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 cups of water
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of allspice
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper


  1. Prepare the Vegetables: Begin by preparing your ingredients. Chop the parsley, onion, carrots, and garlic. Set them aside.
  2. Sauté Onions and Carrots: Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the chopped onions and carrots to the skillet. Cook them for about 5 minutes, or until they start to soften.
  3. Cook the Okra: Add the okra to the skillet. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until the okra is tender. You can gently mash some of the okra with the back of a spoon as it cooks, which will help thicken the stew.
  4. Add the Remaining Ingredients: Once the okra is tender, add the tomato paste, chopped spinach, chopped garlic, bouillon vegetable paste, salt, allspice, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir well to combine.
  5. Simmer the Stew: Pour in the water, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the skillet with a lid, and let it cook for another 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and ensure the flavours meld together beautifully.
  6. Finish with Fresh Herbs: After the stew has simmered, stir in the fresh parsley and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Okra Stew

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