Fried Green Tomatoes

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    The perfect summer side for those outdoor picnics, cookouts, and more!

    I hardly ever seen fried green tomatoes on a menu anymore. Are they not as popular or something? Maybe it’s something more popular in the south?

    Either way, at least I have this recipe for fried green tomatoes in my arsenal so whenever I stumble upon green tomatoes, I’ll know what to make with them!

    The outer crust is so crispy and the inside is soft and cooked to perfection. I love me a good fried green tomato :)

    This whole stack needs to be in your mouth, except you might burn yourself so maybe let’s just do half a stack.

    I’m totally going to go eat my weight in fried green tomatoes now.

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Crispy fried green tomatoes are a perfect summer side!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 12
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3 large green tomatoes, sliced into 1-inch thick slices
    • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
    • 1/2 cup cornmeal
    • 2 tsp kosher salt
    • 2 tsp pepper
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 4 cups vegetable oil


    • In a shallow dish, mix together both kinds of breadcrumbs, cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
    • In another shallow dish, mix together buttermilk and eggs.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Dip a green tomato slice in the egg wash mixture then cover with breadcrumb mixture, lightly pressing it onto the tomato. Shake off excess and gently place on prepared baking sheet. Continue until all slices have been coated.
    • In a deep pot, bring vegetable oil to 350 degrees using a thermometer.
    • Fry two to three tomatoes at a time, you don't want to crowd the pot too much. Fry each side 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown, then flip over and fry the other side.
    • Place on a plate lined with paper towels to let excess oil drip off. Repeat until all tomatoes have been fried.
    • Serve hot with your favorite sauce. We created a mayo and ketchup based sauce.


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  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says:

    I had to navigate Dupont Circle and Georgetown on Monday. I feel your traffic pain! Definitely makes me want to eat my weight in tasty foods, like these tomatoes. They look so crispy and juicy and tasty.

  • DessertForTwo says:

    I’ve been to DC twice, and both times, I knew that I didn’t know how to drive in such a big city, so I took taxis. I didn’t want to even try!

    PS Fried green tomatoes + black pepper goat cheese is my deathbed meal!

  • Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    Driving in and around DC certainly takes patience. Ever since moving to Bethesda I’ve learned that this is apparently where half of the agressive drivers live. Sigh.

    But seriously, I was obsessed with fried green tomatoes all summer. This was my first year growing them and half of them never made it to red!

  • Villy @ For the love of Feeding says:

    Every time I a recipe like this I remember the film, which I really liked..
    Never have tried them though. I should!
    Number 1 and 3 of your points drive me crazy!

  • amy @ fearless homemakery says:

    I love fried green tomatoes + these look delicious! Now you’ve got me craving ’em first thing in the morning!

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    I made these a couple weeks ago, and I love them! I only drive through DC at 6 am or 9 pm, and I sometimes STILL hit traffic! Or sometimes I go during rush hours just so I have an excuse to stop at IKEA and Wegmans!

  • Ashley says:

    hahaha I LOVE your rant about DC traffic. I couldn’t agree with you more. My personal favorite – on sections of 395 the lovely people who ride in the shoulder to get around traffic. Because I just love sitting here and wouldn’t like to get home faster too. Jerks : )

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I totally get what you’re saying Julie! People who drive in la suck just as much. And when it rains, it’s like the world is coming to an end because everyone drives so freaking slow. Unbearably slow. As for the green tomatoes, yes please! Jason’s been wanting to try green tomatoes but I just never got around to it. Definitely bookmarking this so I can make it when he returns home!

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    I love everything about this post, and not just the fried green tomatoes!! yummmm!!!
    Seriously, don’t even get me started on traffic/driving.commuting in this town. you just said everything I feel ALL THE TIME.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    OH GOD I LOVE. My favorite food right here.

  • Cassie says:

    I have two things to say: 1) traffic is the biggest stressor in my life. I can’t even start to go into everything that irritates me about it. 2) I love fried things as an alternate to sweets but (confession) I’ve never had fried green tomatoes! This needs to change ASAP!

  • carrian says:

    Goodness, those look so beautiful. I love food. Period. I love it.

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    I love the texture on these ‘maters Julie!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    This is a way of eating tomatoes I could get behind :) I agree, cook what you love and portion control will take care of the rest!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    I don’t know whyyy I’ve never had fried green tomatoes before but I definitely need to try them. Holy crunch. These look rockin’, Julie!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Denver has HOV lanes, but they are purely HOV. And with how environmentally conscious Colorado is, I am surprised they don’t have the Hybrid rule – thank god they don’t!!

    I just had fried green tomatoes for the first time last week, so good!

  • Deborah says:

    I ADORE fried green tomatoes. I look forward to them every year! And don’t even get me started on drivers. But it sounds like we have the same kind of drivers here in Utah!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    Oh DC how I miss you, lol! My hubby and I were just talking about the traffic there a few days ago! I guess it hasn’t changed since we moved! When we would would drive on the beltway I would literally have to put my head in my lap, I couldn’t watch, especially during rush hour; forget it! I could go on and on but now we live in the country and there is no traffic just lots of tomatoes in my garden that need to be used for this delicious recipe! ;)

  • Angela @AnotherBitePlease says:

    These look soooo good. Love the pics…good luck with the bad drivers.

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    I actually bought green tomatoes at the farmer’s market yesterday because I’ve been seeing so many recipes for frying them! Super excited to try them!

    I toootally agree with you on all the traffic things. Except that I don’t think it’s too ridiculous to allow hybrid vehicles in the HOV Lane (we call it the “Carpool Lane”). The point of the it is to encourage people to save gas by carpooling…Using a hybrid car also saves gas, so why not reward them too? Anyway since California is full of hippies and everyone drives hybrids here, It became so crowded they changed it to a certain MPG that gets approved to ride in the carpool lane, not just all hybrids. I think that’s fair :)

  • Kathryn says:

    The traffic everywhere in America is crazy (and always seems to be crazy when we need to get to the airport). I think it’s because you have such wide roads so when they’re all jammed, it looks like the end of the world…

    Anyway, I’ve always wanted to try fried green tomatoes and now I have no excuse not to!

  • Nothing makes me more excited than fried green tomatoes! These look so great- I love them!

  • Tracey says:

    I have never had a fried green tomato, but man oh man do these ever look good!! I’ve been frying more than I probably should lately, but I love it :)

  • Kiran @ says:

    You knew we were in DC recently, and had the same thoughts about the driving there. Yikes!

    Bet those fried green tomatoes tamed some of your aggression’s :D

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    bahaha! I love your driving rants! I’m pretty laid back when driving but omg, these Colorado people don’t know what to do in the rain. It *never* rains here so on the three days of the year that it does people think they need to go 10 mph on the interstate. Insane.

    Fried green tomatoes are a favorite of mine! I want!

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

    Wow – Seattle drivers and DC drivers are really pretty much the exact same. Asshats.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    your hov situation is really weird! but the whole rant was comical. btw – you know how i feel about tomatoes but those are pretty.

  • Juliana says:

    I live in Brazil and I felt like you were talking about my city. Guess bad drivers are just about everywhere, you just have to go out in your car and meet them. ;)

    • Julie says:

      Haha, yes, they’re everywhere! And hello to you from Brazil! :) so happy to see you’re reading from there! xo

  • Ashley says:

    I made these last night and they were a big success. I was really impressed with the flavor. If I ever make these again I’ll be coming back to this recipe. Thanks!

  • june says:

    Try these on a burger.. You will never forget it!Or regret it!!

  • Dawn says:

    I have a secret to fried green tomatoes… add a little bit of dill to the batter.

  • Ambre says:

    I, sadly, am the only one in my house who absolutely adores fried green tomatoes (the food and the movie)… and mine never turn out looking this good. Maybe they will when I use your recipe.
    I can also totally agree with you on the traffic idiots, and could add to the list those people who ride your bumper in the middle lane while you’re doing the speed limit to try and pass a slowpoke in the right lane, even though the left lane is completely empty!

  • Huguette says:

    This sounds pretty easy & my husband just love tomatoes. But he is lactose intolerant, do you think I can substituted the buttermilk with almond milk?

    • Julie says:

      Yes, that’d be fine!

  • Marry Joan says:

    OMG i love it !
    i´m making your recipe and my family liked.
    thank you for the tips here is tomatoes everyday :D

  • Linda Wiseman says:

    I’m going to make fried green tomatoes for the first time! Your recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it.

  • D Lynch says:

    I am an OLD southern girl :) been making fried green tomatoes for years. Here’s a couple things I do. After slicing tomatoes for frying, sprinkle with salt on both sides and let set for at least 30 minutes (longer will not hurt a bit), then pat dry before taking the next step. This draws out the liquid in the tomatoes and makes the coating even more crunchy. The next step, coat with cornstarch before dipping into egg mixture, or whatever wet coating you prefer, I hear some people use milk…..whaaaat? The cornstarch and the wet coating acts like a glue for good ole last crunchy coating!!!

  • Kathryn Walters says:

    Your recipe sounds great! I live in Southern California’s High Desert. I can’t find any green tomatoes in the stores. I’m going to try to grow some tomatoes hanging from a laundry basket as soon as I can find one with big enough holes in the sides. I really miss home grown tomatoes but with such a small patio area there’s no room for a garden. Wish me luck! ?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Good luck!

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