Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipes are a staple in the South and they are one of my favorite things to eat. This recipe is easy and done in minutes. You’ll be enjoying some fried green tomatoes in no time at all.

fried green tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Truthfully, we’ve been eating these because my 2 years old can’t wait for our tomatoes to turn red. He just picks the green ones for the fun of picking something out of the garden and I don’t want to let them go to waste. Luckily Fried Green Tomatoes are an easy-to-make appetizer and such a delicious treat to eat.

I love making recipes with food from the garden like this Creamy Cucumber Salad, or this Garden Fresh Relish  that is the perfect compliment to most grilled meats, or picking vegetables to go into this Cold Spaghetti Salad  which is the star at any potluck

Ingredients you’ll need:

ingredients for fried green tomatoes
  • large green tomatoes from the garden – sliced. Some people have a specific thickness. I don’t really have a specific measurement for you. Slice them into somewhat thick slices so that they are juicy when fried and don’t fall apart
  • flour – all-purpose flour will be one step in the coating process. You’ll add layers of coating onto each tomato to make a nice crisp and delicious breading
  • spices – garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper
  • eggs whipped – Whisk the eggs until nice and frothy. Eggs help in getting the bread coating to stick and also help the breading rice and puff up
  • buttermilk – buttermilk is an essential ingredient. I don’t know one good fried food that doesn’t involve buttermilk. It is a thick form of milk that helps everything stick. It also keeps the inside tender and not tough and chewy
  • cornmeal – another essential ingredient. Cornmeal has a fine mixture that sticks together and does not crumble apart. It fries to a delicious golden brown
  • Garlic Bread Crumbs – If you can’t find Progresso, try to find another brand with a garlic flavor. The flavoring in the bread crumbs really adds to this recipe. If you don’t have flavored breadcrumbs then consider adding a little garlic powder, parsley, salt, pepper, and mustard powder to season the breadcrumbs
  • salt – salt will be used in mixing with the flour and also as the tomatoes are fresh off of the frying pan – salting the fried tomatoes
  • Oil (about 1/4-1/2 cup) for the frying pan. Oil should be at about 375 degrees to fry something properly. If you add the tomatoes before the oil is ready, they will get soggy and retain oil which will not be tasty

How Do You Make Fried Green Tomatoes

Step One

  • Get your oil heated up enough to fry the tomatoes (Med-High heat)
  • Set out your sliced tomatoes
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Step Two

  • Start an assembly line – in 3 parts
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  • In one bowl mix the flour, garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper
  • In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and buttermilk
  • Fill another bowl with garlic bread crumbs. cornmeal and salt – mix

Step Three

  • Coat tomatoes on each side with flour
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Step Four

  • Dip the tomatoes into the egg
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Step Five

  • Finally, dip the tomatoes into the bread and cornmeal mixture
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Step Six

Place tomatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet when you are finished dipping them

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  • Test the oil with a little piece of tomato breading – if it sizzles, it’s most likely ready to make yourself some fried tomatoes

Step Seven

  • then place them into the frying pan
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Step Eight

  • Turn them once the bottoms have turned golden. Let both sides turn golden
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  • Drain on a paper towel, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy your delicious fried tomatoes

Expert Tips

I like to test the oil to see if it is ready for frying. Take a little piece of the batter and drop it into the oil. If it sizzles right away, then it is probably ready

Always have paper towels ready to soak up oil after frying

And, always sprinkle salt and pepper on fried food right after taking it out of the frying pan so it sticks easily to the food


Add a little cayenne pepper for some extra spice


What are the best tomatoes for fried green tomatoes?

Beefsteak tomatoes are a great variety of fried green tomatoes. Early Girl is another great variety for frying

What temperature should I have my oil at for frying?

375 degrees is recommended for frying foods like green tomatoes, fried onions, and fried pickles

What to serve with Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Ranch Dressing or Dipping Sauce
  • Crab Cakes
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Fried okra
  • Add them to a BLT
  • Place them on grilled hamburgers
  • In a delicious fried green tomato sandwich layered with pickled red onions

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Serving Size

This recipe should make about 8 servings

Add more tomatoes for more yummy appetizers. You’ll probably have plenty of batter and egg mixture, so you probably will be ok if you just double the tomatoes

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Here’s the recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes

fried green tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Easy to make fried green tomatoes are a delicious appetizer or summer snack
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 315cal
Author: Melissa Haines
Cost: $10


  • paper towel 


  • 3 large green tomatoes – sliced into 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 cup flour – all-purpose
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup bread crumbs garlic seasoned
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Get your oil heated up enough to fry the tomatoes (Med-High heat). Oil should be around 375 degrees for best frying

Start an assembly line

  • In one bowl, mix the flour with garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper
  • In another bowl mix buttermilk and egg
  • Fill another bowl with garlic bread crumbs. cornmeal and salt – mix with a fork or whisk to blend together
  • One at a time, coat tomatoes on each side with flour
  • Dip the tomatoes into the egg, then into the cornmeal mixture
  • Place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Test the oil with a little piece of batter from a coated tomato – if it sizzles, it's most-likely ready to fry
  • Using tongs or a fork, place tomatoes into the frying pan filled with oil
  • Turn them once the bottoms have turned golden. Let both sides turn golden.
  • Drain on a paper towel
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serving Option – Ranch Dressing


nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 315cal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg

~ Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com

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