Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes

Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes

2 large green tomatoes

1 egg

½ cup milk

½ cup flour, divided

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ cup cornmeal

¾ cup butter (1½ stick)

Cut tomatoes into ½“ slices and set aside.

In a small shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk. In another small, shallow bowl, mix ¼ cup flour, salt and pepper. In a third bowl, mix remaining flour and cornstarch.

Dredge each tomato slice in flour mixture, dip in egg mixture and coat with cornmeal mixture. Lay in a single layer on a flat surface and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.

Melt ½ cup butter in a heavy skillet over medium until it begins to foam and sizzle around the edges. Carefully place tomato slices in the pan and fry for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Do this in batches so as not to crowd the slices in the pan. Add more butter as necessary.

When cooked, remove slices from pan to paper towels or rack to drain. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before eating.

Serve with ranch dressing, if desired.


74 calories per slice



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6 Replies to “Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes”

  1. Thank you Cynthia for this recipe. l always have green tomatoes planted on my windowsill that have trouble ripening. l have at times used them in baking and in making chutneys but never thought of crisp fried green tomatoes. l have heard they do fry them in the southern United States but they use oil and not butter. The slices are then passed through seasoned cornflour. Will try your recipe and see how it pans out. l will let you know how it goes and probably share some pics. Keep up the good work.

    1. My mother’s family hails from Tennesee and South Carolina so I’m sure that’s why I grew up eating this dish. As with all traditional regional dishes, every family has their own way of doing it.  I look forward to seeing the pics!

  2. This is really light and delicious recipe. You really love food I can tell , so do I lol. Thank you for sharing this simple yet beautiful dish that anyone can do in literally no time. Keep posting recipies like this and you will be getting a lot of attention for sure.

    1. Thank you for your support!  I DO love food.  I also love creating and cooking new dishes, although this particular one is a family hand-me-down.

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