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 the 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 the 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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14 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.

  3. I have to say that I love all southern dishes but the green fried tomato by far is my most favorite! I guess I just love tomato in general. I love the fact that the ingredients are just the staples that I have already, all I have to do is just to buy the green tomato. What do you usually fry it with? Cast Iron? And what frying oil do you use? 

    1. I’ve been eating and/or cooking these since I was a little girl so it’s quite a fluid recipe for my family.  I’ve come to love making them in the cast iron pan because it lends a crispier texture but you can certainly use whatever pan you have on hand.  And I use butter to fry them but, again, you can use whatever you have on hand and/or prefer to fry them!

  4. We grow our own veggies and always have lots of tomatoes, so I am always looking for new ideas and recipes of what to do with them. I had never thought about turning the green tomatoes into a fried tomato, so this is a very good idea. Do you drain the tomatoes before you fry them to get rid of some of the liquid in the tomato? 

    How do you prevent the tomato from going soggy after frying it?

    1. I do dry the tomatoes on paper towels before coating them.  The texture naturally softens when the tomatoes are cooked but since green tomatoes have a firmer texture than ripe tomatoes, they do hold up very well.

  5. Hi Cynthia
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the simple but very inspirational crispy fried green tomatoes. Your recipe is very comfortable except for the eggs as I am a vegetarian. Do you suggest any alternative of eggs so the taste does not changes as the original one and also the texture remains the same .
    Thanks and regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

  6. Hi there Cynthia, 

    I am slowly getting addicted to your website.

    Your recipes are something to live for and I discovered this website just when my cooking adventure began. I am so going to try this out when I get home.

    It is going to be delicious I can already tell.

    You have definitely earned yourself a loyal visitor since I am going to be stopping by every so often for new recipes as I have done before. Cheers.

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