Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Easy fried green tomatoes

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
315 Calories
20g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 129mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 463mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tried and true, five-star fried green tomato recipe will make you wonder why you've never made fried green tomatoes before. The slices of green tomato are coated with eggs and cornmeal or breadcrumbs and fried until golden, creating a lovely thick crust around a soft—but not mushy—interior.  

Traditional Southern fried green tomato recipes use unripe (green) red tomatoes that are dusted in cornmeal and shallow fried in bacon fat. Since it can sometimes be challenging to get the cornmeal to stick to the tomato slice, this recipe includes an egg "wash"—which helps the crumbs to adhere—and calls for deep frying. The resulting coating is a bit thicker and may not be as crispy as an egg-free, shallow-fried version, but in no way is it less delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs (beaten)

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal, or breadcrumbs

  • 4 to 6 medium green tomatoes, sliced 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Bacon grease, or vegetable oil for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the flour, beaten eggs, and cornmeal in three separate bowls large enough to fit the tomato slices.

  3. Season the tomato slices with salt and pepper. Dust the slices lightly with flour, then dip slices in the beaten egg, letting the excess drip off. Coat well with the cornmeal or breadcrumbs.

  4. In a deep-sided skillet, heat a few inches of the bacon grease or vegetable oil to 375 F.

  5. Fry coated tomato slices in batches until browned, turning gently, about 3 minutes each side. Keep the batches of fried green tomatoes warm in a low 200 F to 250 F oven while you cook the remaining slices.

Additional Green Tomato Recipes

If you have found yourself with a plethora of unripe (green) tomatoes in your garden, there are plenty of recipes to help you use up your crop before the first frost:

  • Green tomato soup with country ham is a Southern twist on red tomato soup, chock full of ham and tomatoes with a little bit of jalapeno for added spice. Green tomato pickles are sweet and tangy at the same time while green tomato relish will add a bit of spice to any dish. 
  • If you happen to find yourself with leftover fried green tomatoes (hard to imagine), there are many ways to incorporate into a variety of dishes. For example, take the BLT to a whole other level with a BLFGT. The remoulade sauce adds another delicious surprise to this classic sandwich.