Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

This Fried Green Tomato recipe is a remake of an oldie but goodie recipe.

You remember the 1991 film, Fried Green Tomatoes, with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates? I loved that movie. Ever since then, I’ve been intrigued by fried green tomatoes. In the spirit of celebrating tomatoes, I am squeezing in one more late summer tomato recipe, especially because tomato season is still flourishing here in San Francisco.

When I bite into a green tomato, I am instantly reminded it’s in fact a fruit and not a vegetable. The taste is deliciously sweet and tangy, more so than reds.


Before I dive in, a couple of notes about the recipe:

  • The tomatoes I bought were a little under ripe, which is exactly what you want for this recipe.
  • After slicing the tomatoes, pat them dry with a paper towel and salt them and set aside while you get the other ingredients in order.
  • I served the tomato slices simply with organic arugula leaves drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The oil from the tomato slices combines nicely with the vinegar.
Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes
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Serves: 2 people
  • 4 firm green tomatoes
  • 1 cup bread crumbs / gluten-free crumbs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour / gluten free flour
  • 2 eggs / flax eggs
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Core the tomatoes and slice in to ½″ slices. Pat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and set aside.
  2. Mix together the dry seasoning mix and set aside. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into separate bowls.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Dip the tomato slices into first the flour, then eggs, and then bread crumbs.
  4. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Add more olive oil, as needed. Season with sea salt and ground pepper.


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11 thoughts on “Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. I have always wanted to make Fried Green Tomatoes and you have inspired me to tackle it. There is a restaurant in downtown Oakland called Pican and I had them there – they were delicious. I have not had dinner yet and wish I had these in front of me right now. Nice job!

  2. I have always wanted to try fried green tomatoes but never have, I think this may be the recipe that I finally use to try it. Those green tomatoes look gorgeous by the way, great photos!

    1. It’s one of those things that has been in the back of our minds since that movie, right? Happy cooking!

  3. I have started collecting a bunch of your recipes already I want to try. Now fried green tomatoes is one of them! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten them before either and have always wanted to!

  4. I might have to try these at some point, given the name of my blog ‘n all… 😉 I adored that film but liked the book even more (as usual). Thanks for the recipe!

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