Summer okra, fresh diced tomatoes sauteed with smoked sausage and served over rice for a deliciously quick and easy seasonal meal full of rich, savory flavor!  Just 4 ingredients and 20 minutes is all it takes to make this ultimate Southern summer meal.

A forkful of Okra & Tomatoes with sausage.

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What You Need To Make An Okra & Tomatoes Skillet with Smoked Sausage

  • White rice
  • tomatoes
  • okra
  • beef smoked sausage
  • salt, pepper, & flaked red pepper

Ingredients for okra & tomatoes with smoked sausage skillet.

I have to admit.  I used to be a fried okra only girl… until I ate this one summer at my aunt’s house.  The bright colors as she was tossing it all in a skillet are what caught my eye, but the rich flavors of the fresh tomatoes and salty, seasoned sausage (and yes, even the okra) are what captured my taste buds.

Tomatoes, Okra and smoked sausage in a skillet ready to sautee.

Many tomato and okra recipes are stewed with celery and onions to boot, but this one is just sauteed with simple, bright ingredients.  A quick 5-8 minute run around a hot skillet keeps the tomatoes and okra from cooking down and losing most of their color, texture and flavor. 

A lot of Southern vegetable dishes are “cooked down,” or cooked for an extended period of time until the vegetables are soft.  Which, come to think of it, is probably why I didn’t like many vegetables as a kid.  Bright, vibrant vegetables bursting with sweet flavor straight from the summer sun and rain win the day every time. 

This dish stays in the pan just long enough for the sausage to render it’s rich flavors and the acid in the tomatoes to wash away the thick juice okra releases as it cooks.  

A skillet with white rice, sauteed tomatoes, okra and smoked sausage ready to be served.

After sauteing, tomatoes and okra with smoked sausage make the perfect meal when served over rice and with a nice, thick slice of buttered cornbread.  They also show out a bit when spooned over creamy cheese grits.  However you decide to serve them, they’re always unbelievably easy and delicious- a little bit of summer on a plate… or in a skillet.  You get the idea.

 

Ultimate Tomatoes & Okra Skillet with Smoked Sausage
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
 

Summer okra, fresh diced tomatoes sauteed with smoked sausage and served over rice for a deliciously quick and easy seasonal meal full of rich, savory flavor! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Recipe, okra, summer, tomatoes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Stacey | SouthernDiscourse.com
Ingredients
  • 3 C prepared white rice
  • 1 Tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 2 C diced tomatoes
  • 2 C chopped okra
  • 12 oz beef smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Place skillet on medium heat. Add oil and allow to heat, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan.

  2. Add sausage. Cook for 1 minute, stirring often.

  3. Add okra. Cook for 1-2 minutes with sausage, stirring often.

  4. Add tomatoes. Stir often, but not too much as the tomatoes will break down easily. Cook until the thick juice from the okra is broken down.

  5. Add salt and peppers. Toss gently and serve immediately over rice.

Recipe Notes

I prepare my rice while dicing and chopping the other ingredients.  Grape or cherry tomatoes are a good choice for this recipe because of their meat to seeds ratio.

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Did You Know?

  • Okra is a member of the mallow family, along with hibiscus and cotton.
  • The thick juice okra emits when heated is a combination of sugar residues and protein.  With it’s own “built in” natural thickening agent, okra is perfect for stews and gumbos.

 

Making It Easy To Host & Serve

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