Corn Tomatoes and Okra is an iconic Southern side dish. This fabulous side dish can be paired with anything such as Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fish, and including long-grain rice. It’s also simple to turn into a delicious Vegan Meal that can be enjoyed with rice.
The unique blend of organic okra, sweet corn, and tomatoes prepared with the perfect Cajun seasoning combination makes this an instant Southern classic. Great as a side by itself or added to soups and other recipes.
Corn Tomatoes and Okra will keep well in the refrigerator for about four days and can be reheated in the microwave or stovetop. You can also make this easy side dish and meat and cornbread for a meal. You could add andouille sausage, smoked sausage, chicken, or even shrimp to this for a skillet meal your family will enjoy.
I love this recipe for Corn, Tomatoes, and Okra because it is so versatile, and you can add almost any meat to make it a main dish or enjoy it as a side dish. You can use fresh organic vegetables from the family garden in the spring and summer or organic frozen vegetables in winter, and it is excellent either way.
Tomatoes and okra are also delicious over rice, pasta, potatoes, or alone. You could add pork, shrimp, fish, sausage, or chicken to make a meal, and it is excellent for a busy weeknight. It is perfect with Cajun andouille sausage, as well.
Be sure that you add these ingredients at the end stage if you add seafood, crawfish, or fish as they will overcook and not be the highlight of dinner if they taste overdone. We both know there is nothing worse than overcooked shrimp or seafood in any recipe.
The ingredients for Corn, Tomatoes, and Okra are essential. If your local growing season is at its end, I highly recommend that you use USA organic frozen ingredients for the best quality and support your local growers in the area. I also do not recommend using canned ingredients in this recipe other than tomatoes. Trust me. Your tastebuds will thank me later.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR CORN TOMATOES AND OKRA
Bacon drippings or unsalted butter – to saute onions and garlic
Yellow onions– chopped or thinly sliced
Green bell pepper – chopped
Celery – diced or thinly sliced
Garlic– freshly minced. Do not use jarred garlic that has been minced
Okra– fresh sliced or organic frozen okra. Do not thaw
Corn – fresh corn removed from the cob or organic frozen. Do not thaw
Organic fresh tomatoes chopped or organic stewed tomatoes, undrained
Chicken stock– may be substituted with a low sodium chicken broth.
Cajun seasoning – I use Slap your Mama Cajun seasoning. Do not sub with Creole season as though similar in some aspects; they are different.
Kosher salt– to season the Corn, Tomatoes, and Okra.
Louisana original hot sauce– a few drops or to taste
Notes: Be sure to see the recipe for exact ingredients and nutritional information measurements.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CORN TOMATOES AND OKRA
I don’t have yellow onions. What do you suggest I substitute them with? Your next best option is a white onion. Sweet onions do not bring out the flavors.
I don’t have unsalted butter; can I use salted or margarine spread instead? I do not recommend ever using margarine. However, you can use salted butter; be mindful when adding other ingredients that have salt in them.
Can I use canned corn and canned okra instead of fresh or frozen? I would not recommend using any canned products in this recipe except organic stewed tomatoes.
I usually buy minced garlic in a jar. Can I use that instead of fresh? Yes, in a pinch, but I do not recommend it as the flavor is different.
I don’t have chicken stock; what do you recommend in place of it? You can use low sodium broth but be mindful when adding seasoning that contains salt.
What is the difference between Cajun seasoning and Creole seasoning? Creole seasoning and Cajun seasoning are sometimes used interchangeably in recipes by one that doesn’t understand the difference. However, Cajun and Creole seasonings are different. A Cajun seasoning has garlic powder, onion, black pepper, Cayenne pepper, and salt. Creole seasoning will add more paprika, oregano, thyme, and other herbs.
Can I use another hot sauce in this recipe other than the listed one? Sure, but I would recommend sticking to a brand that is Louisianna-based.
Corn Tomatoes and Okra
- 3 tablespoons Bacon drippings or butter
- 1 large Yellow onion chopped or thinly sliced
- 1 medium Green Pepper chopped or diced
- 1 stalk Green celery diced or thinly sliced
- 3 cloves Garlic minced
- 12- ounces Fresh okra or organic frozen, sliced
- 10- ounces Fresh corn or organic frozen
- 2- 14 ounce Cans of stewed tomatoes organic, undrained
- ¼ cup Chicken stock or water
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning or to taste
- Kosher salt to taste
- 4 dashes Louisana original hot sauce optional, or to taste
- Add three tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the pan or unsalted butter. Saute the yellow onion, green bell pepper, green celery, and minced garlic in the bacon drippings or butter for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the organic sliced okra, organic corn, organic stewed tomatoes, chicken stock, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and kosher salt.
- Cover with a tight-fighting lid and simmer for about 25- 30 minutes until flavors are married.
- Taste to see if it needs more seasoning. If so, add at this time.
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