Kentucky Style Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe -
Kentucky Style Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
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Kentucky Style Fried Green Tomatoes

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"If you're not frying your green tomatoes in bacon grease then you have lost half of the great flavor! No self-respecting Southerner fries their green tomatoes in anything but bacon grease!"

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    6 mins

    11 mins


  1. Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet over medium heat. In one small bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal and pepper. In another small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk using a fork.
  2. Dip the tomato slices into the egg and milk, then coat with the dry mixture. Place the breaded tomato slices in the hot bacon grease. Cook until browned on each side, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Bacon grease burns easily, so adjust your heat if you need to.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 17, 2008

I love fried green tomatoes, and this recipe is great! The only recomendation that I would have would be to try adding some cayenne to the coating - it definately adds a zip to them. Also, one reviewer mentioned that the coating was "thin" - that is a good thing!! That is how they are suppose to be so that you can taste the tomato! Try dipping these in buttermilk ranch dressing - sooo good - but not diet friendly :(

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 05, 2007

This recipe is fair. Nice color and texture but really lacking flavor - yes I used bacon grease. Needs more kick in the dry coating... salt, paprika, cumin, ???

Mar 17, 2009

I have been making and eating fried green tomatoes for over 50 years and the only thing missing was sprinkling with a little sugar when you get through frying them. I takes them up to another level. PS. I am a Kentuckian

Jul 08, 2007

I loved this but put my own special twist. I fried a small eggplant along with and then layered the fried vegetables with tomatoe sauce, mozarella, parmesan and a little cottage cheese in my iron skillet then placed it all in the oven on 350 for 30 mins.

Sep 18, 2005

Delicious! My family loves 'em! This is the kind of fried green tomatoes I was raised on in Virginia. I agree that the only way to really appreciate this Southern side dish is to use bacon grease.

May 19, 2009

After living all of my 53 years in the south, I can honestly say this is the best and ONLY way to cook fried green tomatoes, in bacon grease. It's a southern tradition. These are great, I do add a little cajun seasoning and a dash of sugar, other than that, I don't change a thing. Everyone that I have ever made these for raved over them and during the months when tomatoes are in over abundance, I make these often. This is by far the very best recipe that any cook can make successfully.

Mar 30, 2008

This is the recipe I have used my whole life. We are remiss if we don't insist that these be served with a huge pitcher of sweet iced tea!!

Oct 22, 2005

Loved it. I really like the taste of the tomatoes, so I cut them about a half inch thinck, rather than 1/4 inch.


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  • Calories
  • 866 kcal
  • 43%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 61.8 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 152 mg
  • 51%
  • Fat
  • 63.6 g
  • 98%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 10.8 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 149 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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