Guingambó Guisado (Stewed Okra)

Guingambó Guisado (Stewed Okra)
Guingambó Guisado (Stewed Okra)

Okra has a rich history in southern and Caribbean cooking.  This recipe found on the Hot, Cheap, and Easy food blog is a classic Puerto Rican okra stew made with ham (you can also substitute bacon!).  Serve this stew over white rice for a simple delicious meal.

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ cup onion, chopped fine
¼ cup red pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
¼ cup jamón de cocinar (or ham steak) diced
1-2 Tbsp sofrito (commercial or homemade) or 1-2 Tbsp of minced green/red hot pepper and cilantro
1 pound okra, cut in strips or ½” rounds
4 cups water
Salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil and sauté all ingredients except for the okra, water, and salt until tender and fragrant.
  2. Add the okra and water, bring to a boil, then lower and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Salt to taste and serve with white rice.

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