These fried green tomatoes are perfectly seasoned, incredibly crunchy, and just downright delicious. This is a really simple and satisfying appetizer or side dish for dinner everyone is sure to love!
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The Best Fried Green Tomatoes
If you've never tried fried green tomatoes before, get ready because this recipe is going to have you hooked after one bite!
Green tomatoes are basically unripe tomatoes that are really good for frying because of their firm texture. This recipe makes green tomato slices coated in a flavorful blend of bread crumbs and Cajun seasoning that's irresistible. The breaded tomatoes are fried until crispy on the outside but still firm and juicy on the inside.
They're so good eaten alone but taste even better with a dipping sauce. My go-to dipping sauce is this Texas Roadhouse ranch, so you might want to whip that up on the side with the fried tomatoes!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Winning combination. The balance of flavors and textures from these crispy fried green tomatoes is unbeatable. From the crunchy breading to the tender tomatoes and slightly spicy seasoning, these green fried tomatoes are delicious!
Fool proof. This fried green tomato recipe turns out perfect every single time. The breading and frying technique is really simple, so even if you don't fry food that often, you'll nail this recipe.
Crowd favorite. Everyone who tries these fried green tomatoes absolutely loves them. They're always a hit whenever I'm hosting and go can serve as an appetizer for any occasion.
The ingredient list for this fried green tomato recipe is super straightforward. In fact, I'm willing to bet you have most of the ingredients you'll need to make them at home already!
Here's what you'll need to make the recipe:
- 3 green tomatoes, medium-sized
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- ½ cup milk
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- Salt, to taste
- Vegetable oil for frying
If you want to try a different recipe for fried tomatoes, check out my fried red tomatoes recipe next!
How To Make Fried Green Tomatoes
1. Prep the tomatoes: Slice the tomatoes to ½-inch thick slices. Season the tomato slices with salt and place them in a colander to drain for 10 minutes.
2. Make the breading: While the tomatoes are draining, add the flour to a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the milk and eggs. In a third bowl, add the bread crumbs and cornmeal and mix together.
3. Bread the tomato slices: Coat each tomato slice in the flour, then dip them into the egg mixture, and finally coat with the cornmeal mixture. You'll want to do this process one at a time and immediately fry the coated tomato slices.
4. Fry the tomatoes: Heat 2 inches of oil in a saucepot or large cast iron skillet. Once the oil is hot, fry green tomatoes for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer the fried breaded tomato slices to a paper towel lined plate to drain any excess oil.
5. Serve: Once you've fried all of the tomatoes, serve them warm with your favorite dipping sauce like remoulade sauce. Enjoy!
Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- Fry the tomatoes in batches so the oil stays nice and hot.
- Add a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of chili powder to the egg mixture to pack more heat into each bite.
- Swap bread crumbs for panko bread crumbs for a crunchier texture.
- Cut all of the green tomatoes to the same thickness.
- Double or triple the recipe for a crowd. Everyone will want a few fried green tomato slices!
How To Store Fried Green Tomatoes
In the fridge: Store the leftover fried green tomatoes in an airtight container for about 3-5 days.
In the freezer: Allow the tomatoes to cool completely, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for about 10 months.
Reheating: Put the fried tomatoes on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Warm in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until they reach your desired temperature. Add more reheating time for the frozen tomatoes.
FAQS About This Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
What is so special about fried green tomatoes?
Fried green tomatoes have a naturally sour flavor that pairs perfectly with a crunchy, salty breading. They're also firm and take well to being sliced, dredged, and fried.
Why do they fry green tomatoes and not red ones?
Green tomatoes have a firmer texture that allows them to be breaded and fried without becoming mushy like red tomatoes can be.
Do fried green tomatoes taste good?
Yes! Fried green tomatoes have a pleasantly tangy flavor that balances nicely with spices and the crunchy breading. Once fried, the inside stays super juicy and tender, while the exterior has a super crispy texture.
- Slice the tomatoes into ½-inch thick slices.
- Season the tomatoes with salt and place them in a colander to drain for 10 minutes.
- Prepare the breading; add flour to a bowl. Beat the milk and eggs in a separate bowl. Mix breadcrumbs and cornmeal in a third bowl.
- Coat the tomato slices with flour, then dip into the milk mixture, and finally coat with the breadcrumbs.
- Heat 2 inches of oil in a saucepot or a deep skillet.
- Once the oil is hot, fry the tomatoes for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Drain the tomatoes on paper towels.
- Serve tomatoes with your favorite dipping sauce.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 9g