Fried Green Tomatoes

Shoot for golden, not blackened.

By Katherine

My mother made these just for her and dad growing up. Like the okra and even sometimes biscuits, us kids wouldn’t eat them. We sure were ungrateful. I’m not sure how mom made them, other than to say hers were sometimes blackened. (See video below.) Also, check out how Kristy over at Eat, Play, Love serves hers, with grits. Shut my mouth and pass the biscuits!

Fried Green Tomatoes

Per tomato, increase ratios for larger batches.

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • pinch paprika
  • 1 egg
  • tbsp buttermilk
  • green tomato, cut in 1/4 inch slices
  • oil, such as vegetable, corn or Crisco

Mix cornmeal and flour in a shallow dish and season with salt, pepper and a pinch of paprika. In a small bowl, mix egg and buttermilk. Heat enough oil in a cast iron pan set over medium heat to come about halfway up each tomato slice. Don’t be shy. Once oil is hot, dip tomato slices in egg wash and then flour mix, shaking off the excess. Fry until golden on each side, about 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.

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35 Responses to Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. sallybr says:

    This is such a fun recipe, I also saw it at Eat, Play, Love, and you are gently pushing me again in that direction… gotta find me some green tomatoes to play with… 😉

  2. Karista says:

    We made these all the time while I was growing up! We also made fried pickles. Better than it sounds. And of course dipped everything in Ranch dressing. Not so original but good.

  3. I went to a staff picnic right after I started working in Knoxville. The very first thing said to me was, “Ya’ll wont some frahhd green maters?” I said meekly in my very Maine accent, “sure” which I’m sure came out more like showah. I loved them and have enjoyed them ever since.

  4. niasunset says:

    Dear Katherine, this sounds so delicious, I haven’t known them before… I want to taste too. Thank you, have a nice day, love, nia

  5. I only know of green tomatoes in the movies, but that little recipe sounds good:)

  6. Love the recipe and love the movie!

  7. bulldogsturf says:

    This really sound deeeeelicious… thanks for sharing…

  8. Mmm, these look so good, I’m impressed, they are not easy to fry up and get to look that pretty!

  9. Now there’s a taste of home! Nice job on the frying – it ain’t easy to get them perfect like that!
    (My favorite movie, too…If you haven’t read the book, you should!)

  10. I used to hate fried green tomatoes. But for some awesome reason my taste buds have changed. Thank goodness!

  11. Mad Dog says:

    I always meant to try those.
    I used to have a neighbour in Atlanta who ate wild collard greens – I wish I’d tried them now!

  12. Sophie Grumble says:

    I absolutely LOVE fried green tomatoes! My mother in law got me started on them. I have to admit, I thought the idea of them was gross, at first, but she set me straight. Lol

  13. I’d like some of those!

  14. We just had fried green tomatoes at a meat and 3 in rural Alabama on a weekend trip to visit family. It made me realize that I should make these at home. Yours look wonderful and I love the cornmeal/flour mix…that’s essential to a good crispy tomato!

  15. A classic! Look lovely and crispy!

  16. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m saving this recipe and Kristy’s for later this Summer. If I see that I’m losing this year’s Great Tomato War to The Squirrel, The Raccoon Family, and/or Max. I’m going to cut my losses early and just fry ’em up. One way or another, I’m going to have more than a couple of tomatoes from my yard this year.

  17. TasteFood says:

    I’ve never made these, but I know I’ll love them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Well, I like anything fried… so…. I’m sure I would love these!

  19. spree says:

    Loved the movie. Why have I never tried these beauties? I should….

  20. Ah, great movie. Kathy Bates at her best.

  21. did you and kristy plan this? Love it! Love green tomatoes, love fried ones even more and can’ go wrong with the movie fried green tomatoes! to say i like this post is an understatement!

  22. Kristy says:

    Thanks for the mention Katherine and Greg! These look darn delicious. And now that I know how good they are, you can bet they’ll be a regular thing around here this summer. 🙂 I like the buttermilk in this recipe…mmmmm.

  23. Tandy says:

    I have always wanted to make these!

  24. ceciliag says:

    I adored that movie and I am looking forward to trying these, I have never made them before.. but we only have green tomatoes at the mo, and I would be in deep trouble if i picked those now!! c

  25. Fried Green Tomatoes are just the best Southern use of green tomatoes there ever was. Thanks for sharing.

  26. egg me on says:

    Haha. I didn’t even have to click on this post and I KNEW there’d be a clip from Fried Green Tomatoes. Great stuff!

  27. Yum! How did I miss this recipe? I think it is because you put out so many good recipes I can’t stay on top of it all. I hope you are both having a wonderful weekend. Take care, BAM

  28. I’ve got green tomatoes from my garden I’ll use your recipe to fry them up tonight! Mostly I get the green ones to keep them from the grasshoppers! Hate those things. I’ve been gone for so long and just perused your blog from today thru most of June, as usual everything looks delicious!It’s so freakin’ hot here all I want to do is stay indoors – how are y’all doing with the heat up North?

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