Fried Green Tomatoes

Staff Writer
Fried Green Tomatoes
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.

Click here to see Green Tomatoes for Everyone.

Ready in
20 m
4
Servings
426
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
8 fried green tomatoes

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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
28g
43%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
Cholesterol
160mg
53%
Protein
9g
18%
Carbs
36g
12%
Vitamin A
132µg
15%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
6.4%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
11.6%
Vitamin C
16mg
26%
Vitamin D
0.9µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
5mg
26%
Vitamin K
24µg
30%
Calcium
37mg
4%
Fiber
3g
11%
Folate (food)
39µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
159µg
40%
Folic acid
71µg
N/A
Iron
3mg
17%
Magnesium
27mg
7%
Monounsaturated
16g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
12%
Phosphorus
147mg
21%
Polyunsaturated
8g
N/A
Potassium
283mg
8%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
23%
Sodium
399mg
17%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
18.5%
Trans
0.1g
N/A
Zinc
0.9mg
6.1%

Around the Web