Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes

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Transform your unripe tomatoes into a delightful Southern classic with this Fried Green Tomatoes recipe. This dish is a testament to the resourcefulness of Southern American cooking, turning something as simple as green tomatoes into a delicious meal that pairs perfectly with a sunny-side-up egg for breakfast. Quick to prepare and full of flavor, these tomatoes are a crisp and tasty treat.

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Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Calories per Serving: 275.25 kcal

Nutritional Bio per Serving:

  • Protein: 4.32 g
  • Fat: 22.96 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.99 g


  • 4 large firm green tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) milk
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) coarse cornmeal or breadcrumbs
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) butter
  • Hot Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste


Prepare the Tomatoes:

  1. Slice the tomatoes into 0.4-inch (1 cm) thick slices.

Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes

Mix the Dips:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and a few drops of Tabasco sauce.
  2. In another bowl, combine the cornmeal or breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.

Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes

Cook the Tomatoes:

  1. Melt the butter in a wide skillet over medium heat.
  2. Dip each tomato slice first into the egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off, then coat thoroughly in the cornmeal or breadcrumb mixture, shaking off any excess.
  3. Fry the tomato slices for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.

Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes


  1. Serve the fried green tomatoes hot, ideally with a side of eggs for a complete breakfast.

Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes


Chef’s Tips:

For an extra kick, add more Tabasco sauce according to your taste preference.
Ensure the butter is hot enough before adding the tomatoes to get that perfectly crisp exterior without absorbing too much oil.


Interesting Fact:

“Fried Green Tomatoes” is not only a beloved dish but also the title of a film based on the nostalgic recollections of its elderly protagonist. In the movie, the tomatoes are fried without an egg and milk batter, using just plain flour, showcasing another simple yet delicious way to enjoy this Southern staple.

Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes

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