Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe -
Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
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Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    17 mins


  1. In a small bowl whisk together egg and milk. In another small bowl mix cornmeal and flour.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; use more or less oil to reach about 1/4 inch in depth.
  3. Dredge tomato slices first in egg mixture, then in cornmeal mixture. Carefully place slices in hot oil and cook until browned on both sides.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 20, 2005

my boyfriend was a cook in a really nice southern restaurant, and he dipped them in milk instead of egg and fries them in canola oil. I think they come out a lot better without the 'eggy' taste.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 05, 2006

Lose the egg and use milk instead (better yet, buttermilk). Add more seasonings! There is no way 3 tablespoons will give you 1/4 inch of oil in the bottom of a large fry pan, and, as another reviewer mentioned, a good southener would never use olive oil for fried "t'maters". From a transplanted Alabamian...


39 Ratings

May 31, 2006

OMGOODNESS! I think the cornmeal adds a little crunch to this normally soggy side. I love them this way. This is always how I make fried green tomatoes. I use some salt and pepper, too. Try this: dip the tomato in egg then flour then egg then cornmeal. If desired, add the salt and pepper to the flour. YUMMMMMY!

Sep 25, 2003

A good Southern cook knows that OLIVE OIL would drown the flavor of Fried Green Tomatoes! YUK!

Aug 06, 2004

This recipe needs tweaking for us. I fried one, using Canola Oil, and tasted it, then added garlic salt, onion powder, and garlic pepper to the cornmeal mixture, MUCH better with the additions.

Oct 27, 2006

Wonderful recipe! All I added was salt and pepper, and changed the oil to vegetable cooking oil. I didn't measure it, just poured it in the pan and used what I needed. When I was finished, I addedthe egg/milk mixture to the remaining cornmeal mixture; mixed it into a dough, formed small cakes with it and fried it in the same oil the tomatoes were fried in. YUM! My husband loved it! This was the first, and only recipe I'll ever try. It is perfect!

Aug 20, 2007

Sadly, I have to agree with some of the other reviews. The Olive Oil overpowers the delicate taste of the green tomatoes and the smoke point of the Olive Oil does not allow them to get crispy enough. The cornmeal is good, though. It's authentic in parts of the south.

Oct 20, 2010

You have to start with the right tomato. Saucing or juicing tomatoes just do not fry, bake or stew well. You need fleshy, meaty tomatoes- not the ones filled with seed pockets and juice. Don't expect supermarket tomatoes to fry well. They've probably been frozen and will be mealy. Get your green toms from your garden or a farmer and view the cut open flesh."Big Boy" and "Beefsteak" are two types that fry well when green. I salt the slices to drain off some of the moisture and bitterness before I bread or batter them. Some folks like the acidity and use buttermilk to increase it. Fried green toms are considered a southern "curiosity" but it's really just a variation on the centuries old fried eggplant and tastes almost identical (Try a few sprinkles of basil, oregano and Parmesean cheese on the toms!). I fry my green toms in olive oil (not EVOO) and/or other oil blends, depending on the flavor I want. Traditionally in the south, bacon grease or lard would've been used to fry 'em in, and I sometimes go with tradition. I find Olive oil, garlic and Toms are "naturals" together. Buy when the price is low and freeze them. They can be preped, breaded and frozen on sheet pans or waxed paper, then bagged and fried from the freezer, just like eggplant or Okra...try green tomato "chips" from your dehydrator!


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  • Calories
  • 289 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.7 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 6.6 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 300 mg
  • 12%

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

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