Fried Green Tomatoes

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Traditional fried green tomatoes. Sliced firm green tomatoes, dipped in egg and coated with flour, cornmeal and bread crumbs, fried and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Ever since that wonderful movie with Jessica Tandy I’ve wondered about fried green tomatoes. People really eat green tomatoes?

I recall being served fried tomatoes for breakfast once, but they weren’t green.

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Curious as usual, we found some big green tomatoes at the farmer’s market last weekend and just had to try them.

The verdict at this house? Yum! What a great way to make use of end-of-the-season tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish

If you can find it, use fine white cornmeal, which is the primary cornmeal used in the South. Buttermilk adds flavor and tang, but is not strictly necessary.


  • 3 medium, firm green tomatoes
  • Salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil or other vegetable oil


1 Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomato slices stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place in separate shallow bowls: the flour and Cajun seasoning (if using), buttermilk and egg, and bread crumbs and cornmeal.

2 Heat the peanut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Beat the egg and the buttermilk together. Dip tomato slices in the flour-seasoning mix, then buttermilk-egg mixture, then the cornmeal-bread crumb mix.

In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown.

Set the cooked tomatoes on paper towels to drain. These are fantastic with a little Tabasco sauce or remoulade.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Jane

    I mix Martha White’s Buttermilk Cornmeal Mix with seasoned panko bread crumbs instead of plain cornmeal and bread crumbs. That gives the tomatoes extra crunch.

  • Summer

    I deviated from my usual recipe & tried this one out. My other half complained that they’re cut too thick & greasier than normal because I cooked them on medium instead of med high. I think they’re great & love how the Cajun seasoning brings out the tanginess


  • Michele Grubbs

    Too much seasoning takes away the tangy taste of the tomatoes, I use only CORNMEAL salt and pepper…

  • Janet

    In our family, we just dredge the green tomatoes in seasoned flour (just salt & pepper) and fry in Bacon grease. They are truly a taste of my youth. My Mom is 86 and in assisted care and this makes me think of her. I wish she could be home. We always fixed this with Liver, Onions & Bacon with the fried green tomatoes and spinach seasoned with lemon & salt. I really miss my Mom.

  • Alby Thorp

    I just love Green Fried Maters. I put them on my Blue Pig Burgers. I grind my own beef using a 85% to 15% mixture of beef and fat. I grind it a second time with a smaller die, then mix in ground up Hog Jowl Bacon and Blue Cheese, salt and pepper to taste. I make up plenty and vaccum seal them to put in the freezer. I freeze the Green Fried Tomatoes on baking sheets first, then vaccum seal them. That way, they don’t stick together in the bag.

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