Spiced Okra and Bacon

Okra is a powerhouse of nutrition. High in fiber that slows the rate at which sugar is absorbed in the intestinal tract making this a great "diabetes preventative" food. Okra also has properties associated with lowering cholesterol, preventing kidney disease and alleviating asthma symptoms.

Serves 4

Cook time: 40 minutes


  • 1 lb. pork belly or quality bacon, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bacon fat drippings
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1tsp. coriander
  • 2 lbs. okra, chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup parsley, chopped


1. Salt and pepper pork belly (if it comes unseasoned).

2. In cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat, cook pork belly until browned, stirring frequently.

3. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside, keeping it warm.

4. Use the bacon fat you just created to cook onion and garlic (add more rendered bacon fat or coconut oil if needed) over medium heat. Sauté until onions are translucent. Stir in spices.

5. Add okra and cook 20 minutes or until it softens. Stir frequently to prevent okra from sticking to bottom of skillet. You can add broth or more fat if it gets too dry.

6. Once okra cooked to your liking, stir in pork belly and parsley. Let sit a few minutes to allow the flavors to combine and meat to warm.

7. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a meal in itself or a side dish.



Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 675
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 61 g 94 %
Saturated Fat 22 g 110 %
Monounsaturated Fat 28 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 82 mg 27 %
Sodium 131 mg 5 %
Potassium 964 mg 28 %
Total Carbohydrate19 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 8 g 31 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 16 g 31 %
Vitamin A 43 %
Vitamin C 101 %
Calcium 25 %
Iron 20 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.