Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes
Staff Writer
Fried Green Tomatoes
Ali Rosen

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes are a classic, but few people outside of the South attempt to make them. However, it's a versatile dish that is incredibly easy to make — they're great as a side dish, on top of a burger or sandwich, or as an appetizer. And kids tend to love them, too, so they are an easy addition to any family meal.

The key to this dish is that the green tomatoes are more solid than riper tomatoes, and they hold up better to frying. Make sure to serve them piping hot and try to stick to Southern tradition by having a bit of pimento cheese on the side.

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4
Servings
746
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note: The canola oil can be replaced with any flavorless oil suitable for high-temperature cooking. If you want to add a bit of smoky flavor, you can also replace the oil with bacon fat.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup cornmeal
  • 2 Teaspoons paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Cup canola oil
  • 2 green tomatoes, sliced, top and bottom pieces discarded
  • 1/2 Cup pimento cheese, for serving (optional)

Directions

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Place the eggs in a separate bowl and whisk until combined. Heat ½ of the canola oil in a pan over high heat. When hot, take an individual tomato slice and dunk it in the egg mixture, making sure it is fully coated. Remove the tomato and cover it on both sides with the dry ingredients. Immediately place the tomato in the oil.

Repeat for all of the tomatoes until the pan is full (depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in batches). Cook the tomatoes until the coating is browned, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Add more oil as needed. Remove from the heat and serve immediately, preferably with a side of pimento cheese.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
61g
87%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Cholesterol
24mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
41g
32%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin A, RAE
150µg
21%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
39µg
43%
Calcium, Ca
166mg
17%
Choline, total
11mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
34µg
9%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
79mg
25%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
375mg
54%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
238mg
16%
Water
14g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Fried Green Tomato Shopping Tip

Southern food is a mixture of Native American, Creole, and European influences. Staples of this comfort food include corn (in all its forms), honey, chicken, pork, and seafood, all easily found at any neighborhood grocery store.

Fried Green Tomato Cooking Tip

Southern and comfort food is often rich and heavy, be sure to include lots of greens and vegetables with these dishes.