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Fried Green Tomatoes

In this fried green tomatoes recipe, unripe tomatoes are coated with a seasoned cornmeal breading and pan-fried until crispy. These super crunchy tomato slices are addictive and can be enjoyed as a snack, side dish, or sandwich topping.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried green tomatoes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


  • 4 large green tomatoes

Bowl 1: Flour Coating

Bowl 2: Egg Coating

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

Bowl 3: Crumb Coating


Prep the ingredients:

  • Rinse the tomatoes and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Discard the ends.
  • Place the tomato slices in a single layer on a clean kitchen towel, cover with another towel, and press gently to blot excess moisture. Let sit while you prepare the breading.
  • Bowl 1: Add the flour, salt, and pepper to a medium bowl. Mix well.
  • Bowl 2: Crack the egg into a medium bowl, add milk, and scramble lightly to combine.
  • Bowl 3: Combine the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.

Bread the tomatoes:

  • Drop each tomato slice into the flour bowl and coat completely with flour.
  • Lift the tomato from the flour, shake off extra flour, and drop into the egg mixture. Flip to coat entirely.
  • Remove the tomato, let the extra egg drip off, and then drop it into the cornmeal mixture and coat completely.
  • Remove the breaded tomato slices and place it on a plate. Repeat with the remaining tomato slices.

Fry the green tomatoes:

  • Heat about 1/4 inch of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss a bit of the cornmeal breading into the oil to test the heat. If it sizzles, the oil is ready.
  • Place the breaded tomatoes into the frying pan in a single layer without touching. Fry until brown, about 3-5 minutes. Flip and fry the other side. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Repeat with the remaining breaded slices. Add more oil if needed and give it time to heat up in between batches.
  • Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


• Baked Fried Green Tomatoes Variation: Place the breaded green tomatoes on two large baking sheets coated well with olive oil non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Spray the tomatoes with olive oil spray to encourage browning, and bake in a preheated 400˚F oven for about 15 minutes. Flip halfway through to brown on both sides.
• Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes Variation: Preheat the air fryer to 400˚F for 5 minutes. Spray the tomato slices lightly with olive oil spray. Place the breaded tomato slices in a single layer, sprayed side down on the air fryer basket. Spray the tops, and cook until crispy, about 8 minutes. Flip halfway through to cook evenly.
Here are a few dipping sauces that mix up quickly:
  • Garlic Aioli Sauce: Combine 1 cup mayonnaise, 2 cloves grated garlic, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sriracha Mayonnaise: Combine 1 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons Sriracha chili sauce. 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 clove grated garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Comeback Sauce: 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chili sauce, 1 clove grated garlic, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 1tomato | Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 5.7g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 100mg