Fried Green Tomatoes

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How to make 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

Fried Green Tomatoes?

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.

Green Tomatoes for Fried Green Tomatoes

Yes, Fried Green Tomatoes.

Curious as usual, we found some big green tomatoes at the farmer’s market last weekend and just had to try these fried green tomatoes. What follows is how to make fried green tomatoes that even first-timers can manage with great success.

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.

Ingredients

  • 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 extra virgin olive oil

Method

1 Slice and salt green tomatoes: Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomato slices stand for 5 minutes.

2 Set out shallow bowls with coating ingredients: While the salted green tomato slices are resting, place in separate shallow bowls: the flour and Cajun seasoning (if using), buttermilk and egg, and breadcrumbs and cornmeal.

3 Dip green tomato slices in flour, egg, then breadcrumbs: Heat the peanut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Beat the egg and the buttermilk together. Dip the green tomato slices in the flour-seasoning mix, then the buttermilk-egg mixture, then the cornmeal-breadcrumb mix.

4 Fry the green tomatoes: 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 fried green tomatoes are fantastic with a little Tabasco sauce or remoulade.

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Homemade remoulade sauce - recipe here on Simply Recipes

Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk-Lime Dressing - from Ezra Pound Cake

Fried Green Tomatoes - from The Kitchn

Fried Green Tomatoes

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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  1. Rena

    Easy to make. White corn meal is key though. First time I’ve ever made fried green tomatoes and my family loved them! I happen to find some great green tomatoes at the farmers market that week . I think the combination of the great tomatoes, the white corn meal, and this recipe proves to be a successful result . Thanks

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  2. Shirley

    I’ve made these for quite some time. I also make what I call Mayo with an Attitude. Here are the ingredients.
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 whole jalapeno chile pepper, minced
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
    2 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped
    coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    This is one great dipping sauce.

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  3. Cassandra

    I just made a batch of these, they are great! I omitted the buttermilk as my husband is allergic. I also added some extra seasonings to the cornmeal/flour mixture like garlic powder. It may sound strange, but I ate a couple plain with sprinkled salt and thought they would taste really good with some good marinara sauce.

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  4. Jeannie, Indianapolis, IN

    Great! My first time and they came out perfect. I hope to save this recipe.

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  5. Joann Thompson

    I’m sure these these great, but seems like a lot of trouble to me. Slice those tomatoes thin–1/4 inch or less. Sprinkle cornmeal mix on a platter and lay the slices on top of the cornmeal. Sprinkle each slice with a little salt and pepper. Turn over slices and repeat. Let them sit for 15 minutes to draw out the juices. Spoon more cornmeal mix over the top of the slices and spread gently with your hands to cover well. Let them sit for 10 minutes or so until the breeding coats them. Sprinkle a bit more on, then turn over and do the same on the other side. The longer they sit, the more the breading will build up. Fry in 1/4″ of olive oil over medium high heat until crisp and brown on one side, then turn and brown the other side. Serve plain or dip in Ranch Dressing.

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