Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Addicting fried tomato goodness.  Use firm green tomatoes for this recipe.  Slice and dredge in panko or cornmeal and fry it up. Try it on Caesar salad.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 18 slices
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 firm green tomatoes, cut into 1/3″ slices
  • 1/2 cup + vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup + panko or cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • sea salt
  • black pepper


  • Sprinkle sea salt on sliced tomatoes and let stand ~ 15 minutes.  The salt draws water out of the tomatoes which helps when frying.
  • Prepare breading.  Grab 3 bowls.  First bowl: 3/4 cup flour with a pinch of sea salt.  Second bowl: 1 egg mixed with 1/4 cup milk, pinch sea salt, pinch black pepper, pinch nutmeg.  Third bowl: 1 cup fine panko (bread crumbs) or cornmeal seasoned with whatever herbs/spices you got (pinch sea salt, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, thyme, cayenne).
  • Shake off any excess moisture from the tomatoes, pat dry, and dip each slice into flour, then egg/milk combo, then lightly into the panko.  Think dry, wet, dry for the dredging combo.  Keep the flour and panko handy- it may need to be changed out or added to if it gets to sticky.
  • Bring a large pan (cast iron skillet is preferred – you want a sturdy pan when frying) to medium heat and add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (you can add more oil if you want a “heavier fry”).  Wait for the oil to get hot (it is hot when you gently flick a little water into it and it sizzles) and fry ~ 2-3 minutes on each side or until light to golden brown.
  • Make sure the tomatoes sizzle a little when they hit the oil but also that the oil is not to hot and smoking.  Use a splatter guard for the grease if necessary and be careful for goodness’ sake!
  • There should always be (minimally) a light layer of oil in the pan so keep extra handy to add to the pan if you need it – you don’t want these lovelies to burn.  Lay fried tomatoes on a rack to drain or on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil.
  • Take a bite (don’t burn your tongue – they’re hot).  Enjoy food happiness.  Beckie


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Keywords: Fried Food, Fried Green Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Vegetarian, Southern, Low Country

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