How To Fry Perfect Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried green tomatoes are a beloved Southern classic - and for good reason! Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, they make a delicious snack or side dish that's sure to please everyone.

The key to making fried green tomatoes is in the batter - a perfect combination of flour, cornmeal, and seasonings.

As you fry them up in hot oil, the tomatoes become crispy on the outside while giving off an amazing aroma of sweet spices.

Whether you're eating them with your favorite dipping sauce or as part of a main dish, fried green tomatoes are sure to tantalize your taste buds.They're a truly unique and flavorful experience!

This fried green tomatoes recipe was submitted by Danielle from Broadview Illinois on Friday, February 25th, 2011. 

So many people complain about Chicago Public Transportation. I find it amusing that I have found several of my best girlfriends on the 301 bus that brings us to work and home each day after work. We started talking years ago, comparing where we all were from originally, and over the years have grown to a group of over 20 women.  

We get together at each other's homes for Girl's Night Out and always have pitchers of Sweet Tea around as we laugh, share stories, cook, play games, and offer each other encouragement and support.  

You'd never guess it, but our group all has southern roots and sharing our lives with each other has evolved into sharing our favorites southern recipes too. Our recipes have fed our tummies and our souls.  Hope you enjoy one of our favorite Soul Food and Southern Cooking favorites! 

Fried Green Tomato Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 pound firm green tomatoes (about 4 tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup white cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk (at least 2% milk!)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Recipe Instructions:

1. Wash tomatoes and slice them into 1/4-inch thick slices. 
2. In a baking dish, combine white cornmeal, flour, sesame seeds, onion salt, and black pepper.
3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the eggs and the milk and whisk together well. Dip the tomato slices into the egg mixture, then coat both sides of the tomato with the cornmeal mixture.
4. In a heavy skillet, heat about 1/4 of an inch of vegetable oil over a medium heat. Fry tomato slices in a single layer, about two minutes per side, or until golden brown. 
5. Drain on paper towels, or a clean brown paper bag. Keep the tomato slices warm in a 300 degree oven while frying the rest of the green tomatoes.

Makes 4 to 6 servings to share with your favorite southern friends! 

Comments for Fried Green Tomatoes

May 26, 2015
reply by: Tony 

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Jun 18, 2013
I will try this recipe and its appreciated by: PorscheLeigh 

I appreciate someone having offered this recipe, thank you.

One hint I'd like to offer is just when you slice the tomato lay them out on any flat surface and salt them. It takes the water out and helps the batter stick to the tomato much better. 

Kind regards.

Oct 02, 2012
How I Cooked Fried Green Tomatoes by: SAN 

I cook them about a month ago. The first time I cut them thick. The next time I made them thin. Thick fried tomatoes are better (they are not so mushy). Although I did not use the sesame seed.

Jul 30, 2012
Very Good by: ann 

I'm being honest the recipe was fabulous. But in my opinion the sesame seeds are a no no. The sesame seeds are not needed for this recipe.

May 27, 2011

I'm kind of like y'all. Don't think I've ever had a fried green tomato with sesame seeds. I know one thing for sure. My Mama didn't sesame seeds. Matter of fact I was grown before I even knew what they were.

Mar 23, 2011
Great flavor! by: Georgia Peach 

I wondered about the sesame seeds too, but tried it and it gives the fried tomatoes a great, almost nutty kind of flavor. Family really enjoyed this! Thanks for the new twist.

Mar 19, 2011
Fried green tomatoes with sesame seeds? by: Anonymous 

I Love fried green tomatoes, but never made them with sesame seeds. I think I will leave them out.

Mar 16, 2011
Yummy green fried tomatoes by: Southern LA Girl 


Mar 09, 2011
A great southern classic! by: Anonymous 

This fried green tomatoes recipe looks so good!