Fried Green Tomatoes

I made these fried green tomatoes for dinner one night -- just the tomatoes, nothing else. Jeff went out to dinner with some friends, so I had the freedom to cook anything I wanted for myself. And I wanted something palate-pleasing, comforting, and indulgent. I can't describe how well these tomatoes fit the bill. They're warm, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and well-flavored with a slight kick and a hint of salt.

Green tomatoes from Kimball's Fruit Farm stand at the Union Square Farmers' Market

Fried Green Tomatoes (adapted from American Classics)

I halved many of the ingredients in this recipe, but I did not decrease the ingredients in the buttermilk mixture because one egg was called for. You will likely have extra dry and wet mixtures unless you use more tomatoes than I did.


1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
Coarse salt and ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 medium green tomatoes, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil


Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.

Measure 1/2 cup flour into a shallow bowl.

Measure remaining 3/4 cup flour, cornmeal, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and cayenne pepper into another shallow bowl.

Beat the egg, buttermilk, baking powder, and baking soda together in another shallow bowl. (The mixture will get foamy and bubbly.)

Dredge tomato slices in the flour. Shake off excess.

Using tongs, next dip the floured tomato slices in the buttermilk mixture.

Coat the tomato slices with the cornmeal mixture.

Place the tomato slices on the wire rack.

Heat 1/3 inch of oil over high heat in a 12-inch skillet until oil reaches 350 degrees, about 3 to 4 minutes.

While the oil is heating, line a large plate with paper towels.

Place a single layer of tomatoes, about 4 or 5, in the skillet and fry 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until the bottom side is deep golden brown.

Then flip and fry another 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until the other side is a deep golden brown.

Transfer tomato slices to the paper-towel lined plate, and sprinkle them with coarse salt.

Repeat with remaining slices. Add more oil and bring it up to temperature, as needed.

Serve immediately.

Have you ever made or eaten fried green tomatoes? What did you think?


  1. Thank you! I bought cornmeal and am planning on making fried green tomatoes but am a little afraid. I will have this post open in my kitchen!
    I had my first fried green tomatoes at a restaurant in Charleston. I fell in LOVE. They were with a vinegar-y onion jam, and out of this world!

  2. I've never had them! Yours look so good.

  3. these look amazing a Southern classic he he listen to the Brit!

  4. Yum! These look terrific! We'll most likely have some green tomatoes this year and I'm putting this on my list of things to make with them.

  5. A Southern classic. They're so good on sandwiches too.

  6. All of my tomato plants are dying but still have green tomatoes on them. I think this would be a great way to use some of them up!

  7. These look fantastic! I have definitely eaten fried green tomatoes and I lightened it up and made baked green tomatoes...but I think the fried looks better :-)

  8. I just made some baked "fried" green tomatoes last week (at http://lauranav.com) because I'm so scared of frying! What kind of thermometer do you use?


  9. I've never had fried green tomatoes before but I just know I would like them! Yours look great, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Oh YUM...These look great. I had fried green tomatoes for the first time when I was in New Orleans. They were served with a remoulade as an appetizer, and they were also part of an eggs benedict dish. Both were outstanding!

  11. I love these. Fried green tomatoes are a favorite in the south. I have never tried it with the cayenne and buttermilk. Will try this addition. Sounds really good.

  12. Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies. I have even been to the Whistle Stop cafe and had their fried green tomatoes. I will have to try these at home!

  13. I have never had them! Yours look delicious.

  14. I've actually NEVER had a fried, green tomato! I love red ripe tomatoes so I've always thought I wouldn't like them. Wish I knew someone close by who makes them so I could taste one!

  15. you know what, i don't think i've ever tried fried green tomatoes! i always get wooed by the colorful ones :)

  16. Hey lauranav, I just use a candy thermometer I got at Crate & Barrel -- not this exact one but something similar: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/thermometers-timers/candy-deep-fryer-thermometer/s639314

    It works great!

  17. Love when the boys are out and we get to make whatever we want. These look delicious.


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