Beef and Okra Bamia

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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.


  • ⅔ 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


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.

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.

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 6 – Yield: 6 servings



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