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Mpamies me Mpakaliaro (Okra with Pollock fillets)

Okra with fish is a specialty of the Greek islands.  I remember years ago seeing a Greek cooking show making this recipe and I have been wanting to make it ever since.  The recipe used whole fish with the bones, I think it was sea bass, and that was probably what put me off as I hate having to remove bones from the fish, especially if it is cooked with something else.

Some other people are put off by the slimy texture of okra which resembles like saliva.  However, if it is cooked properly, this is not the case as then it becomes delicious and has the most delicate taste no other vegetable can replicate.

This time of the season, here in Greece okra are tender and relatively cheap.  If you cannot find fresh okra, frozen okra are equally good and much easier to make as you avoid the peeling procedure, which reduces the preparation time to about ten minutes.

My intention was to cook the meal the traditional way but as I was making the preparation I remembered that the first days I started cooking here at Assini, I had bought some frozen Pollock fillets.  I took two fillets out of the deep freezer and by the time I finished they had already defrosted.


We loved it.  It was so delicious that I made it again the next week, only this time I added four fillets.  If you like okra, I can assure you that this recipe is not only healthy, easy and delicious but also cheap, so give it a try and you will be amazed by its taste.

The weather is still warm and summer is in full-swing here in Greece,  around 33 degrees C, so we are lucky to be still enjoying the late summer sun and activities.    It only rained last weekend for a short interval and still have some time to worry how we shall spend the winter without any heating but the fireplace!  I hope this winter won’t be as cold as the last one because if it is, I imagine that we will pack and go back to Athens until next Spring.


Okra with pollock fillets

Recipe Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Author: Recipe by Ivy
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Serves: 3
  • 750 grams okra
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 400 grams (1 can) pumaro concasse or 1 kilo ripe fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 600 ml water
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 Pollock fillets
  1. Wash and clean the okra. See step by step instructions following the link below.
  2. In a pot heat the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Add the okra and sauté them for 5 -6 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste diluted in water, salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover with the lid and simmer for about half an hour, gently stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the parsley and gently mix.
  6. Then add the Pollock and cover with the some okra and sauce.
  7. Cook for 15 more minutes.
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13 Responses

  1. That dish looks extremely good! A delightful combination.



  2. I like pollock and okra, but never thought of putting them together. It looks saucy and flavourful.

  3. I like this Greek Island specialties, super delicious combo!

  4. We have okra here in Algeria but I find it very slimey, maybe I’ll give it another chance and try out your recipe Ivy =)

    <3 Héni

  5. I never tried fish with okra. I am sure this is a very tasty dish!

  6. Keshawn Ezra

    Pollock and okra both are my favorite. So, thanks for your excellent recipe, which i want to learn to make.

  7. Okra is one of my favorite vegetable but never had it with any seafood or meat. It does look flavorful,though.

  8. I made a similar okra dish recently (from a Greek cookbook), but there was no fish, just vegetables. It sounds so good with the fish fillets. I have to try this next time I have okra!

  9. πεντανοστιμο φαγητο!

    • Ivy

      Ευχαριστώ Ειρήνη.

  10. Masonn Jack

    Really i like this fantastic recipe, which you’ve express here. And also these pictures are awesome.

  11. Tammy Howard

    I tried this only once in a Greek restaurant in Virginia but I can still feel the taste! Thanks a lot for the recipe.

  12. WOW Ivy, that okra looks amazing! I never see okra here! That dish sounds and looks so delicious I am wondering what I could replace the okra with? Doesn’t it help thicken the sauce. Beautiful!