Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

I love Fried Green Tomatoes.   I’m speaking of actual vegetables here, not the movie.  Well – I love the movie too, but today we’re talking good old southern Fried Green Tomatoes.  Right now is the perfect time to get your hands on some green tomatoes because they are the perfect size and just firm enough that they stay firm after frying.  So next time you’re hankering for some fried okra or squash, give the FGT’s a chance instead.  They’ll make you want to scream – TAWANDA!

Fried Green Tomatoes

2 cups cornmeal
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
2 pinches of Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 cups Sour Cream
4 large green tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus more as needed

Slice up the tomatoes
Slice up the tomatoes

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and pour the sour cream in a separate bowl.  You could use buttermilk instead of sour cream.  

Dredge slices in sour cream.
Dredge slices in sour cream.
Then, dredge through cornmeal mixture.
Then, dredge through cornmeal mixture.

Dredge the tomatoes in the sour cream and then into the cornmeal mixture coating each side.

Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium to medium high heat and fry the tomato slices.  Fry until they are golden brown and crisp.  

Brown in oil - 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Brown in oil - 3 to 4 minutes per side.

About 3 or 4 minutes on each side.  Dip them out with a fork and let most of the grease drip away and then place on a paper-towel lined plate.  Serve hot like this. 


Y’all Enjoy!  🙂


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Kath says:

    I LOVE tomatoes but only red ones!

    Are green ones sour? Dumb question probably.

    We enjoy going to markets like that. They are so much fun.

  2. starwoodgal says:

    No, the green tomatoes are not sour. They still have a tomato taste, but just not like a red tomato. Kind of difficult to describe but they are not sour or funny like an unripe banana or any other fruit. The salty taste of the batter really compliments how a green tomato tastes.

  3. Oh I love them! Thanks for my trip down memory lane;)

  4. Very interesting that you used sour cream. My dad grows veggies like he’s supplying the entire town so we always have LOTS of tomatos, eggplant, and zucchini to fry up. I’ll be passing this recipe along to him.

  5. GypsyBiscuit says:

    Fried green tomatoes a soooo good. Try them on a BLT!! So good you’ll want to slap your Mama… 🙂

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