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Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes are unripened tomatoes generously coated with a Panko and cornmeal seasoned breading and fried until golden brown and crispy. These are a must have in the summer when tomatoes are in season. Serve as an appetizer or snack and dip in my homemade Remoulade Sauce, Ranch Dressing or other dipping sauce of your choice.

fried-green-tomatoes with remoulade-sauce

What are Fried Green Tomatoes Anyway?

Fried Green Tomatoes isn’t just one of the best movies ever!!!…but are a classic Southern dish prepared with unripened tomatoes. Green tomatoes are just (red) tomatoes that haven’t ripened yet. They are firmer and not as juicy as a ripe tomato and they also have more of a tangy, yet milder taste. To make Fried Green Tomatoes, unripened tomatoes are generously coated with a Panko and cornmeal seasoned breading and fried until golden brown and crispy. They are tasty eaten plain, with a little salt sprinkled on top or dipped in various dipping sauces such as remoulade sauce, ranch dressing, or hot sauce.

You can most easily find green tomatoes early in the growing season, as well as towards the end of summer growing season, when the weather isn’t as warm as tomatoes need to finish ripening. Dishes like this come in handy when an early frost puts an end to summer gardening and you’re left with green tomatoes on the vine.

fried-green-tomatoes with 2 raw green tomatoes

How To Make Fried Green Tomatoes

Simply slice up your favorite type of tomatoes, dredge them in flour, egg and Panko/cornmeal and fry until golden brown and crispy. For full recipe details and ingredient measurements, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is what you can expect while making this recipe.

Prep Tomatoes + Heat Oil in Pan

Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick.

Heat oil in a pan (about 1/2 inch deep – enough to fully submerge tomatoes) on medium/high heat.

Prep Dredging Ingredients in 3 Separate Dishes

Whisk flour, salt and pepper in a wide dish. Whisk eggs and milk together in a separate wide dish. Whisk Panko and Cornmeal together in another wide dish.

Dredge Tomatoes to Coat

Dredge tomatoes in flour, then egg mixture, then panko/cornmeal mixture.

Fry Tomatoes

Carefully place tomatoes into pan and fry on each side until golden brown, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.

Remove From Pan, Salt + Serve

Place browned tomatoes on paper towel lined platter, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with a remoulade or dipping sauce of your choice.

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What to Serve with Fried Green Tomatoes

Storing Leftovers

While these are best eaten immediately, you can store leftover Fried Green Tomatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can throw them in a hot skillet with a little oil or if you have an air fryer, they reheat and crisp up great there too.

fried-green-tomatoes with hand

Give These Recipes a Try…

Enjoy these golden little gems! The printable recipe card is below. Be sure to print/save/bookmark and share this recipe. Enjoy, friends! 🙂

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are unripened tomatoes generously coated with a Panko and cornmeal seasoned breading and fried until golden brown and crispy. These are a must have in the summer when tomatoes are in season.
servings 4

Ingredients

  • avocado oil or any neutral oil, for frying
  • 4 green tomatoes large
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick
  • Heat oil in a pan (about 1/2 inch deep – enough to fully submerge tomatoes) on medium/high heat.
  • Whisk flour, salt and pepper in a wide dish
  • Whisk eggs and milk together in a separate wide dish.
  • Whisk Panko and Cornmeal together in another wide dish
  • Dredge tomatoes in flour, then egg mixture, then panko/cornmeal mixture.
  • Carefully place tomatoes into pan and fry on each side until golden brown, being careful not to crowd the pan. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.
  • Place browned tomatoes on paper towel lined platter, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with a remoulade or dipping sauce of your choice.
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  1. Joyce Thornborough

    These look great , All restaurants alway fry tomatoes with a batter and Okra, then they serve with a sauce, I love Lauren’s recipes. My Mama was from Tupelo Miss. Elvis’s home town. And moved to Texas where I am from. When you cover Green tomatoes and Okra with batter, all you taste is batter. Green tomatoes need salt, pepper flour, fry. Okra a flour/cornmeal combo. fry.. All you taste is the veggie. Just the way I was raised. Not dissing anyone of how they do it. Try it, Not as pretty but taste so good.

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