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Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

I’ve always wondered why anyone would want to eat a green tomato. They’re almost as hard as a rock and they don’t taste good. I would think that fried green tomatoes wouldn’t taste any better than fried shoe soles. However, there is something magical about frying food.

For a number of years now, when spring hits I plant tomatoes. There are few things in life that bring as much pleasure as the flavor of a ripe tomato pulled from the vine, sliced, salt and peppered and eaten. Last year I decided to slice up a green tomato just to see what it tasted like.

It was horrible. I figured frying it must do something spectacular to it because so many people love these things. So I proceeded to bread the remaining slices and fry them. Not much better and I promised myself I would never try that again.


One More Try

Fast forward to this year and it’s time to plant again. Every year I plant the Amelia variety of tomatoes and I try to pick one or two varieties I haven’t tried before. This year I chose the Cherokee Purple Heirloom variety to try. The Cherokee Purple originated in Tennessee and is believed to have passed down from the Cherokee Indians. The vine-ripened fruit has an excellent flavor and was very juicy.

Well, one day I caught a show with a segment on fried green tomatoes. They looked so good. Mouthwatering good. So good that I decided to break my promise to myself. With plants loaded with green tomatoes that just wouldn’t ripen quick enough, I grabbed my tablet and started researching fried green tomato recipes figuring I must have done something wrong last year. After an unknown amount of time reading, I came up with a recipe of my own to try. I can’t believe I spent so many years of my life neglecting this southern delicacy.


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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes are a southern delicacy. This recipe gives you tomatoes with a crunchy shell and juicy, tasty interior. You won't be disappointed.
Course Appetizers, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • 5 Medium Green Tomatoes
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Corn Meal Not corn meal mix
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs Seasoned or Unseasoned
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 cup Canola Oil For frying
  • 1-2 tbsp Bacon Fat Optional


  • Slice tomatoes about a 1/4" thick discarding the ends. Lay out on a cutting board and lightly salt both sides and set aside.
  • Mix the all purpose flour with the spices.
    Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Mix corn meal and bread crumbs together.
    Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Mix milk and egg yolk together.
  • Start heating oil and bacon fat over medium heat.
  • Bread tomatoes by coating in seasoned flour, then milk and then cornmeal/breadcrumb mixture. Set aside on wax paper.
    Fried Green Tomatoes
  • When oil is hot enough, fry on both sides until golden brown.
    Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Place on rack, paper bag or towels to cool and remove excess oil.
    Fried Green Tomatoes

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