Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fried Green Tomato

Fried green tomatoes are a side dish popular in the Southern United States, made from unripe (green) tomatoes coated with cornmeal, flour or breadcrumbs and fried in bacon fat or vegetable oil for a few minutes each side, or until golden brown.

The sliced tomatoes are first dipped/washed in a buttermilk or beaten egg before the cornmeal is added. 'Washes' are used to easily stick the  cornmeal  to raw green tomatoes. Washing helps the cornmeal stay in place during the cooking process. The coating on the tomato becomes thicker and less crunchy when compared with tomatoes cooked without a 'wash'.

Large green tomatoes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of cayenne (optional)
1 cup buttermilk 
vegetable oil for frying
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Slice tomatoes into 1/2 inch thick.
Combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper together. 
Dip  tomatoes in the buttermilk and then dredge them in the cornmeal mixture, coating both sides well.
Heat  vegetable oil over the medium heat in a large skillet  just enough to coat the sliced tomatoes 
Place tomatoes into the frying pan in batches, cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
 Drain on paper towels.
Serve with hot pepper sauce or lemon.


  1. My first time to learn that it can be fried and eaten like that. Hehe.

    1. ako sa hubby ko lang natutunan yan ,kahit ibalotlang saflour salt and pepper then fry .sarap talaga, sawasaw bagoong or toyo at kalamansi at patis.

  2. Hello Tess!

    This simple idea looks so yummy! You are such a brilliant cook! Thank you for sharing this one to us, your readers. will definitely give this recipe a go once I get hold of unripe tomatoes.

    Have an awesome weekend!

  3. parang ang sarap lalo na sa galungong ot tuyo! Nom nom nom! Susubukan ko yan this week! yummy!!!

  4. wow it looks pork after you have fried it, this is really new to me

  5. I haven't tried this but it looks yummy and simple to make :)

  6. Wow that looks like a yummy snack!!!

  7. ooh I'd love to livein southern America where everything is greasy and people are friendly and polite. good 'ol southern hospitality =)

    i still have to taste southern fried chicken here though

  8. I love tomatoes but I still haven't tried green ones.. :D I hope to find some here in the Metro so I can try your recipe! ^^ Btw, happy mother's day! :)

  9. This would be a great vegetarian burger filling. Yum!

  10. I hardly see green tomato in our town. Can I substitute it with the orange tomato?

  11. It looks so yummy that kids who don't eat vegetables may eat them more often. ^_^

  12. Tamang-tama, paborito ko kamatis..But this is actually the first time I've heard tomatoes fried...

  13. I've always wanted to try fried green tomatoes ever since I watched that movie (Fried Green Tomatoes nga) back in high school. Curious lang kasi.

  14. This one looks nice! Hopefully I can try this recipe soon! Hope I'd love it like mojos :))


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