Okra Beef stew

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, North African
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 serving
Calories: 324.5kcal
Author: Amira
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For cooking the beef

  • 1 pound beef cut into 1 in cubes, Note1.
  • 1 medium onion , quartered.
  • 3 cardamom pods , crushed.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Water to cover.

For the okra stew:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sized onion-chopped.
  • 2 garlic cloves- minced.
  • 2 jalapeƱo peppers , optional.
  • 1 pound okra- fresh , cleaned or you can use frozen.
  • 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon ground coriander.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.


Cooking the beef:

  • In a deep pot over medium high heat, add water, onion, bay leaves and cardamom pods then bring to a boil.
  • Add beef cubes continue to boil for 5 minutes skimming the foam from the top. Then reduce heat to medium and keep cooking until beef is done. Note2
  • Strain the beef keeping the beef and beef broth aside.

Cook the okra:

  • In the same pot, heat oil. Saute onions and garlic until fragrant. Add the peppers if using.
  • Add the tomato sauce, along with one cup of the beef broth we just made. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in the okra, salt and pepper . Adjust seasoning then cover and let it cook.
  • Check for doneness and liquid level every 15 minutes.
  • When it is almost done, after 35-40 minutes, add the cooked beef. Let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with white rice or pita bread. Lemon wedges on the side is highly desirable.


Note1: Basically you can use any beef cut you like  with or without bones. Traditionally okra beef stew is not made with bone in beef but it is really a very forgiving recipe. You can also use lamb, it is great with okra.
Note2: Some people like to brown the beef first in the oven or in a skillet before adding it to the water. You can add celery stalks and carrots into your broth to enhance the flavor.
Note2: Very important to regularly check the liquid level in the pot. If the liquid level is too low add a cup of water/stock at a time to prevent it from burning as okra tend to burn quickly.
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Calories: 324.5kcal | Protein: 34.9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.1g | Cholesterol: 91.9mg | Sodium: 648.5mg | Potassium: 814.7mg | Fiber: 4.2g | Sugar: 5.7g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Calcium: 9.3mg | Iron: 24.3mg

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