How do you know if okra is fresh? Chef Wanda says to bend the tip of the pod, and if it snaps off, the okra is fresh. If the tip bends with no snap, the okra is old. Okra should be bright in color and firm to the touch.
The chef chooses Roma tomatoes because they are firm enough to match the firmness of the okra.
She prefers cooking in a cast-iron skillet because of the way it cooks the okra. “Yes, you can use another kind of pan,” she adds.