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Fried Green Tomatoes

(30 Votes)
SERVES
6
COOK TIME
25 Min

Whether they're a childhood favorite or a new discovery, once you've tried Fried Green Tomatoes, it's hard to forget 'em! Our recipe for this down-home Southern classic is so easy and delicious, you'll want to make 'em all year long!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 green tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices (see Tip)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
What To Do:
  1. In a large bowl, combine egg, water, salt, and pepper; mix well. Add tomato slices in batches, turning to coat well.
     
  2. In a shallow dish, combine flour and cornmeal mix; mix well. Dip each tomato slice in flour mixture, coating completely.
     
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over high heat until hot but not smoking. Fry tomato slices in batches 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden.
     
  4. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter, then serve.
Notes
  • Green tomatoes are available in the early summer in most supermarkets, and with their popularity growing all around the country, you can often find them during the rest of the year in specialty and health food markets.
     
  • If you want even more classic Southern recipes, be sure to check out our free eCookbook, Down-Home Cookin': 24 Easy Southern Favorites.

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These are a childhood favorite that I still enjoy.

I learned a trick from my sister-in-law how to make the batter stick to the tomato or anything you're frying. Always dredge whatever you're frying in flour before you put into the batter and coating. It works so much better. I put the flour in a plastic bag and drop the food into it and shake it. And I always add a little brown sugar (to taste) to the top of the slice when it comes out of the pan and is still warm.

FRIED GREEN TOMATO out of season? Try the Mexican Fruit Tomatillo. Remove the husks, wash the fruit then proceed as with regular tomatillo. A tangy flavor but Ooh so good.

Awesome ideas thank you for the baking idea will try that. Trying to avoid fried foods and looking for baking alternatives ....glad I found this page

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES ARE TO DIE FOR. ALWAYS HAD THEM WHEN I LIVED ON THE FARM WITH MY GRANDPARENTS

I've also made them with panko instead of the cornmeal/flour - either way - such a special treat. I have to go to farmers market to get them tho! Come on spring!

I always add crushed cornflakes to the flour, instead of corn meal, oh soooo crispy and flavorful.

I make ovened fried green tomatoes. they are crisp and delicious. Slice and core tomatoes. Lightly beat an egg or eggs depending on how many you are making, and dip tomatoes in the egg and then seasoned bread crumbs, I use italian seasoned, put just enough oil on a cookie sheet to cover the bottom. Put tomatoes on sheet and bake on 450 for about 5 min or so on each side or until lightly browned. These come out crisp and are not as flourery or greasy as when you do them in a skillet. I sprinkle them with parmesan cheese when serving.

This sounds so good. I've been looking for a recipe that can be baked instead of frying. My husband loves them dipped in Tempura and then fried. They are absolutely delicious but too many calories. I can't stop eating them until all are gone.

Green tomatoes are never available in the grocery stores. I wonder if tomatillas would work the same way. Anyone ever tried that? When I get to market I will get some and try.

They are NOT the same thing!

If there is a farmers market in your area you can usually find them there.

I just got some about a month ago from our local market.

They aren't the same thing. I've tried them and they do have a different flavor. Not bad, just different. There's NOTHING like that real thing!

You can bread the tomato slices, freeze them in a single layer on cookie sheets, and transfer them to freezer bags. As long as you have your hot oil ready and drop them into it before they have time to thaw, they come out tasting like they do when they go into the freezer. If they thaw, they will be mushy but taste very much like fresh. I've never been able to freeze enough to last longer than fron spring to spring LOL, but they should be fine a bit longer as long as you evacuate all the air from the bag (close bag down until there is just enough room to insert a straw, use the straw to suck the air out, and seal) they shouldn't get freezer burn.

When my mother made these, she omitted the cornmeal and fried them in bacon grease instead of oil. The bacon gave them a good flavor. I liked the comment about dipping in fish fry mix. That sounds good too.

thats exactly what my mom did, except she used only the flour not bread crumbs or anything like that, was delicious

Fried green tomatoes are a real treat any time I make them. But being here in Indiana, I learned to make them from my grandmother using her recipe and they are delicious! It's very simple. Slice green tomatoes THINLY for better crispness and to eliminate the uncooked middle that happens with thicker slices, coat with flour, put in hot oil in skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper. When browned on that side, turn slices. sprinkle with more salt and pepper, and brown that remaining side. Serve hot. YUM!!

yes yes yes same way

You know i love fried green tomatoes i'll try this for sure.

Love Fried Green Tomatos....besides, it ALWAYS reminds me of the movie!

FYI for kalytle2007, Fried green tomatoes are unripened red or yellow tomatoes. When I making them one time, I sprinkled some brown sugar on the top of each slice before I removed them from the pan. My husband like it so much I don't make them any other way now.

grandmackr, Thank you for clarifying what type of tomatoe is needed or the recipe. I also appreciate the tip you gave about using a little brown sugar on them. Thanks!

Are fried green tomatoes made from unripe regular red or yellow tomatoes or are they made from a special variety of green tomatoes? In other words can I make this recipe from unripe tomatoes in my garden?

This is an all time favoriet of mine...I found another recipe much easier and with a little more spice if thats what you like...I use Zatarans,fish fry seasoning.dip the Tomatoes in the egg,milk then in the fish fry and fry as above.The seasoning in the Zatarans gives them a spicer taste.

sounds very good

Substituted hush puppy with onion mix for self-rising cornmeal and cut back on salt. Just be careful that the oil isn't too hot. Easy and quick fried green tomatoes.

I have a better tasting recipe. It is really bad health wise but once a year is ok. I use only flour egg and milk to coat the tomatoes. The key ingredient for superb taste..is to fry them in Bacon Grease only...Yes I said Bacon grease...Talk about flavor...oooh its sooo good! Cornmeal gives it a gritty taste and takes away from the flavor of the tomatoe. You will need at least 1-3 cups of bacon grease depending on how much your frying. Also watch the grease, after awhile it might start to burn with the flour. So change it out with fresh. The best..but not the healthiest...Bon Appetite!

That's what I was raised on

There is nothing better in the summer with a good home grown vegetable meal than some good Green Fried Tomatoes and this receipe is simple and eaee and sooooooo good!

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