Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes are a classic southern dish made with sliced ​​unripe green tomatoes. They’re a must have in summer when tomatoes are in season!

Fried Green Tomatoes?

Ever since that wonderful film starring Jessica Tandy, I’ve been wondering about fried green tomatoes. Do people really eat green tomatoes?

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

Yes, you can make fried green tomatoes!

Curious as always, we found some large green tomatoes at the farmer’s market last weekend and just had to try these fried green tomatoes. Below we will tell you how to cook fried green tomatoes, which even a beginner can make with great success.

The verdict in this house? Yummy! What a great way to use early season tomatoes.


Check out this classic fried green tomato recipe

Why Green Tomatoes?

The green tomatoes used in this recipe are unripe tomatoes. Unripe tomatoes are firmer and less juicy than their ripe counterparts. They’re also spicier and milder in flavor, perfect for this fried treat.

At the end of the gardening season, tomatoes don’t always have the warm weather needed to ripen. Recipes like this make good use of them and are so popular with some that they pick tomatoes early.

The best ingredients for fried green tomatoes

If you can find it, use white cornmeal as it is the main cornmeal used in southern recipes. Do not use a seasoned cornmeal mix for this recipe.

Buttermilk adds a nice flavor, but if milk is all you have, this will work just fine.

Be sure to use regular all-purpose flour instead of heavier whole-wheat flours. All-purpose flour keeps the recipe light and crunchy!

More tomato recipes to try!

  • Green tomato chutney
  • Tomato and ricotta tart
  • tomato jam
  • Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil
  • Tomato, onion and avocado salad

From the editors of Simply Recipes

Fried Green Tomatoes

preparation time
10 mins

cooking time
20 minutes

total time
30 minutes

4 servings

If you can find it, use fine white cornmeal, which is the cornmeal used primarily in the South. Buttermilk adds flavor and spiciness, but isn’t essential.


  • 3 medium sized, festivals green tomatoes

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cajun spice

  • 1/2 Cup milk or buttermilk

  • 1 big egg

  • 1/3 Cup fine white cornmeal

  • 1/2 Cup fine dry breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 Cup Peanut, canolaor olive oil for frying


  1. Slice green tomatoes and salt:

    Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2-inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let the tomato slices stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Prepare shallow bowls with ingredients for the coating:

    While the salted green tomato slices are resting, in three separate, shallow bowls, combine: 1) the flour and Cajun seasoning (if using), 2) buttermilk and egg, and 3) breadcrumbs and cornmeal.

    Whisk together the egg and buttermilk.

  3. Bread the tomato slices:

    Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Dip the green tomato slices in the flour seasoning, then in the buttermilk and egg mixture, and then in the cornmeal and breadcrumbs mixture.

  4. Fry the breaded tomatoes:

    In the pan, fry the coated tomato slices in half, 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until brown.

    Place the cooked tomatoes on kitchen paper to drain.

    These fried green tomatoes are fantastic with some hot sauce or tartar sauce.

nutritional information (per serving)
379 calories
17g Fat
48g carbohydrates
10g protein
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