Fried Green Tomatoes

I’ve lived in South Carolina for 14 years and have never made Southern Fried Green Tomatoes. Bless my heart!  I ate them a time or two when I was a kid in Wisconsin. However, they were the northern version… flour only, no cornmeal. Very tasty. However, there’s something about the gritty crunch of cornmeal that makes Southern-style fried green tomatoes sooooo much better. Mmmm AND mmmm! I could probably devour an old shoe if it was dipped in egg, flour, cornmeal, and then fried! (My arteries are cussing me out as I type this.)

I decided to fry up a batch of tomatoes after I accidentally knocked one of my green tomatoes off while mowing the grass. One tomato wasn’t going to be enough, so I picked a few more. Two of them were a bit on the not-so-green side, yet very firm. I don’t recommend this. The tomatoes definitely need to be green. What was I thinking? The word “green” is right there in the title!

Fried Green Tomatoes

  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 green tomatoes, sliced
  1. In a small bowl whisk together egg and milk. In another small bowl mix cornmeal and flour.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; use more or less oil to reach about 1/4 inch in depth.
  3. Dredge tomato slices first in egg mixture, then in cornmeal mixture. Carefully place slices in hot oil and cook until browned on both sides.



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5 thoughts on “Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. Excellent recipe. When I was growing up we fried these in bacon grease and they were delicious but horrible for health. Fried with olive oil they are perfection!

  2. Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait… to make this recipe. I grew up on southern cooking and I remember loving the crispy cornmeal-coated fried green tomatoes Mom used to make. If memory serves me correctly, I even liked the burnt ones. But I also remember having an obsession with burnt popcorn. Yes, Mom had a convincing way about her. She told us that if we ate burnt popcorn, it would make us pretty. I’m not sure if that works with tomatoes though.

    • haha! My mom told us that burnt toast was good for us… that it cleaned out our digestive system. I believed her! Kids are too savvy to believe things like that these days 😉

  3. I LOVE fried green tomatoes. And fried okra. With some potato salad (the kind made with eggs and mayo, some sauteed spinach or more bitter green, and some iced tea…makes me want to slap my mamma!

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