Okra and onions are fried with bacon, then simmered with tomato and corn in this delicious side dish that is especially good served alongside cornbread. This recipe is a longtime family favorite.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir to release some of the juices, then add the onion and okra. Fry until tender and browned, stirring constantly. Be careful, as this tends to brown quickly.

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  • Pour in the tomatoes, and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Mix in the corn, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with file powder, salt and pepper, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

167.3 calories; 5.6 g protein; 27.8 g carbohydrates; 6.3 mg cholesterol; 189.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2005
I didn't have file powder and I really don't know what it is or where to buy it. However the food still turned out good by replacing it with 2 bouillion cubes of beef or chicken. Yummmmm. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2014
I didn't try this recipe as I've been making it for years with shrimp and sausage. Try it with stewed tomatoes. File powder is ground sassafras and can be found in Texas and Louisiana in the spice section. It's a base for gumbo. Read More
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119 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2005
I didn't have file powder and I really don't know what it is or where to buy it. However the food still turned out good by replacing it with 2 bouillion cubes of beef or chicken. Yummmmm. Read More
(73)
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2005
I didn't have file powder and I really don't know what it is or where to buy it. However the food still turned out good by replacing it with 2 bouillion cubes of beef or chicken. Yummmmm. Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2007
A keeper! I fried the onion and okra in a small amount of bacon fat and omitted the bacon. Also threw in a little garlic and green pepper. Used fresh okra and fresh tomatoes and canned corn. My husband likes spicy so I divided the recipe and added cayenne pepper to his half. Everyone was happy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2006
I did not have file powder (& also don't know what it is) so I seasoned with garlic salt cumin salt pepper and a little red cayenne pepper. It really was wonderful. I used fresh okra and fresh sweet corn scraped from the cob. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2012
Just for informational purposes, as I read many comments about "file powder" (not having it, and not knowing what it is). File (pronounced [FEE-lay]) powder is one of the key ingredients in making gumbo and has a distinctive "root beer" flavor. File powder is made from the dried ground leaves of the sassafras tree. They were believed to have been first used by the Choctaw Indians from Louisiana bayou region.Today the powder is used to both thicken and flavor gumbo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2008
I never liked okra as a child (slimy suckers). I made this dish for my father. My father husband and son loved it (I loved it. have not eaten okra for ten yrs).. Great dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
I was looking for a way to make okra from our garden other than frying it and this is delicious! I also used onions and tomatoes from the garden and fresh corn I cut off the cob. I happened to have file powder so this was a winner! I'd say you really don't have to cook it as long as it calls for though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2009
This is awesome!! The family loved it. Alterations I made were: 10 slices of already cooked bacon 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup large yellow(sweet) onion diced in big pieces 2 cloves garlic sliced 1-15 oz frozen okra 1/2 bag frozen corn 1 can of petite diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil Sea salt & cayenne pepper to taste. Cooked as per recipe. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2005
I'm trying to eat healthier so I've been looking for ways to prepare fresh okra other that frying. This is very tasty quick & easy to make. My husband raved about it & is looking forward to the leftovers. I changed the amount of file powder to 1 tsp. instead of 1 Tb because I wasn't sure how strong the flavor would be. And I shortened the first cooking time by 5 min. This will certainly become one of our favorite side dishes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2008
This was really good. I did make some changes because I didn't have the file powder. So instead I substituted ground cummin and also used a little cilantro. I also used about 3 tblsp of olive oil to cook the okra and onions then poured in a pouch of real bacon bits. I used fresh okra and cherry tomatoes from our garden with two nice spicey chopped jalepeno peppers. And just poured in a can of whole kernel corn (drained). The flavors were wonderful together and gave it just the right amount of "bite" that my family enjoys. We served it hot over cornbread. A definite hit for my family. Will be making this again. Thanks for the recipe:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2014
I didn't try this recipe as I've been making it for years with shrimp and sausage. Try it with stewed tomatoes. File powder is ground sassafras and can be found in Texas and Louisiana in the spice section. It's a base for gumbo. Read More
(13)