bamye w riz

Lebanese Okra Stew

This post may contain affiliate links.

This hearty Lebanese Okra Stew is comfort food at its best! Lebanese cuisine includes many variations of stews served with rice. These dishes are served so commonly, there is a dedicated word in Arabic – “Yakhni”. Okra translates to “Bamya or Bamieh”, is one of the many delicious varieties of Yakhni. 

If you are looking for Lebanese stew recipes, you will love this Lebanese Okra stew recipe.

In this Lebanese okra stew recipe, tender beef and okra are stewed in a delicious rich tomato sauce and then served over Lebanese Vermicelli rice.

What you Need to Make Lebanese Okra Stew (Bamya w Riz)

(Scroll down to recipe card for exact measurements)

  • Beef tips

  • Frozen baby okra

  • Olive oil

  • Garlic cloves

  • Onion

  • Ground all spice

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Ground black pepper

  • Tomato paste

  • Fresh tomatoes

  • Pomegranate Molasses or lemon juice

bamya recipe is one of my favorite Lebanese dishes.

What Kind of Meat is Used in Lebanese Okra Stew?

You’ll want a type of beef that is tender and will cook quickly. I use sirloin beef tips in this recipe. Beef tips are typically tender pieces of meat cut from larger roasts such as sirloin tenderloin. I sometimes buy a sirloin steak and cut it into bite size pieces, if I can’t find it pre cut. You’ll want to avoid tougher cuts of meat such as chuck or beef stew cubes, although you can still use it especially if you own a pressure cooker. Just keep in mind that it will take longer to cook.

How Do  you Make Lebanese Bamieh Recipe:

  • Sauté the onion and garlic.

sautéed onions.

  • Add and sauté the beef tips with spices.

sirloin steak stew.

  • Add in water.

  • Add the okra and cook.

frozen okra recipes

  • Add in the tomatoes and tomato paste.

  • Simmer until thick.

Frozen okra recipes.

What to Eat with Lebanese Okra Stew:

We enjoy this recipe served over Lebanese vermicelli rice, but you can substitute the rice for quinoa or bulgur or just enjoy it with a side salad of you choice.

Other Lebanese Stews- Yakhni You’ll Love:

Beef Stew with Lima Beans

Beef Stew with peas and carrots ( Bazella W Riz)

Lebanese Beef and Green Bean Stew

If you’ve tried this healthy Lebanese Okra Stew recipe or any other recipe on The Salt and Sweet Kitchen, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it.


Yield: 6

Lebanese Okra Stew

If you are looking for okra recipes, you will love this Lebanese okra stew recipe also known as bamya recipe.

This Lebanese okra stew is made with tender beef and okra stewed in a delicious rich tomato sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes



  1. In a medium size non-stick pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil, then add the onions, salt and garlic. Sauté for about 5-8 minutes or until onion is wilted but not browned.
  2. Add beef tips and spices. Mix well with the onion and garlic mixture. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure all sides of beef and are cooked.
  3. Add water and bring mixture to a boil.
  4. Lower heat to medium low, cover the pot and simmer for additional 15-20 minutes or until beef is tender.
  5. Add the okra, cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Add tomato paste and fresh diced tomatoes. Mix well to incorporate everything together and cover the pot. Simmer for 15 minutes until sauce thickens.
  7. Stir in pomegranate molasses, taste and adjust salt.
  8. Serve over Lebanese rice if you'd like and enjoy!


  • You can substitute pomegranate molasses with 2 table spoons of lemon juice.
  • You can use beef stew chunks instead of beef sirloin, but just keep in mind that beef stew takes more time to cook, especially if you don't own a pressure cooker.

Recommended Products

The recommended products below are affiliate items that I use and love!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 418mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 7gSugar: 15gProtein: 25g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2020 The Salt and Sweet Kitchen.
All rights reserved.

Skip to Recipe