Beef and Okra Bamia


A simple but amazing Middle Eastern dish containing okra with tomato sauce and wonderful spices. For a vegetarian dish, you can choose to omit the steak completely. Serve with white rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
6 servings


  • cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 pound beef top sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • ½ large onion, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen okra, thawed

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • salt to taste

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon salt over steak cubes; cook and stir meat in the hot oil with onion and garlic until meat is seared, about 5 minutes; reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until meat is browned, about 3 more minutes. Remove steak pieces and set aside.

  2. Stir tomato sauce and tomato paste into same pot; mix in okra, water, coriander, white pepper, and cumin. Bring to a boil; season with additional salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer until okra is tender, 30 to 45 minutes; return pieces of beef to the bamia. Simmer until flavors are blended, about 10 minutes; garnish with slices of jalapeno pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

366 Calories
29g Fat
12g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 366
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 1707mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 650mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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