Fried Green Tomatoes -- A Southern Classic

Brianne DiSylvester

Flickr photo by erin.kkr
OMG ... it's green tomato season!


Not to be confused with tomatillos, green tomatoes are actual tomatoes that are picked before they're ripe ... in their green stage still.

Instead of being sweet, they have a wonderful tangy, tart flavor I love.

They're super-popular in the South and often fried.

You probably won't find them at your grocery store since they aren't "ripe," so try your local green market and whip up this recipe ...

Flickr Photo by Ramsey Everydaypants
Fried Green Tomatoes

  • 2 to 3 green tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Start by slicing tomatoes into round discs. Salt and pepper and let stand 10 minutes so they absorb the seasoning.

In three separate bowls, line up flour, beaten eggs and milk, and bread crumbs.

Start heating olive oil in a skillet and begin to batter tomatoes.

First dip in flour, then egg wash, and finally bread crumbs.

Fry in skillet until golden brown on both sides.

Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil and enjoy.

Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes?

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