Tricia’s Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes |

Sliced, dipped, dredged and fried tomatoes equal a plateful of delights as the showcase of veggie night. It’s an annual treat. I make fried green tomatoes maybe twice a summer. Veggie plate night, of course being a frugal way to feed our hodgepodge. And fried green tomatoes, of course being a way to liven things up a bit.

Fried Green Tomatoes |

I explained to the children that fried green tomatoes are served as high dollar appetizers in fine restaurants. So I’ve heard. The taste being similar to fried zucchini but a little more on the tart side.

Fried Green Tomatoes |

This is the same process I use for fried okra. Though standing and frying okra is a true act of love!

Fried Green Tomatoes |

(pictured above with a little bit of fried okra thrown in for good measure)

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 10-15 minutes


  • 2-3 green tomatoes (unripened)
  • buttermilk, enough for dipping (don’t have buttermilk, make substitute)
  • cornmeal, enough for coating, maybe 1/2 cup
  • enough oil to cover the bottom of your iron skillet


  • Slice your tomatoes. Not too thin and not too thick.
  • Fix a cereal bowl full of buttermilk and one full of cornmeal. No certain amounts.
  • Pour your oil in your skillet and heat up on medium high.
  • Dip individual tomato slices first in buttermilk.
  • Next, dredge in cornmeal. (Turn over and coat both sides.)
  • Drop carefully into the hot oil. Fry less than five minutes on each side.
  • When nice and brown, remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. You might want to blot the oil with another paper towel a bit as well.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper if you like. We didn’t and they were mighty tasty.

Cost $ Pennies

Serve with cornbread, macaroni and cheese and your other favorite vegetables. We enjoy a veggie plate at least once a week – especially when vegetables are fresh and plentiful. Tasty and frugal! Sweet tea or iced coffee are a bonus for adults. You might also like Erin’s Grilled Green Tomatoes. Get every bite of summer you can!

How about you. How often do you enjoy a veggie plate?

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  1. says

    You must have read my mind! I was looking at all of the green tomatoes in my garden and thinking I couldn’t wait one day longer to pick one. :) Thanks for sharing this very timely recipe.

    • says

      Alea – having permission to pick those juicy green tomatoes is a major benefit of this recipe! Besides the fact of the pure deliciosity factor :)

  2. Melissa in VA says

    Tricia —
    You are a TRUE southerner when you categorize macaroni and cheese as a vegetable! ;o) These look great, I’ll definitely be trying them out!

  3. says

    Those look delicious! I love fried green tomatoes, but I’ve never made them because I lacked a recipe. So thank you so much for sharing! :)

    And I would love to do a veggie night, but my hubby is a “must have MEAT” with every meal kind of a guy, so a veggie night wouldn’t go over too well. . . . maybe when he’s TDY! :)

  4. Tee says

    I like to use seasoning salt and fresh ground pepper before coating in white flour and then frying. They are yummy!!!

  5. mary w says

    One of my tomato plants this year is getting blossom end rot. I pick ’em green as soon as a spot the rot. Cut off the bad spot and perfect for fried green tomatoes.

  6. says

    Oh so jealous! I love fried green tomatoes but for the first year ever, not only do I not have a garden, but I don’t even know anyone who has a garden. Boo for moving in the midst of fresh produce season.

  7. says

    Saw this recipe on Pinterest. We jst had our first hard frost of the fall and I still ave oodles of green tomatoes. I have always composted or thrown away my green tomatoes..UNTIL now! Thank you fir this super easy and yummy recipe. I am no longer afraid of eating green tomatoes! Thank you!

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