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Fried green tomatoes on a white plate with a jar of dipping suace and some whole green tomatoes to the sides
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5 from 9 votes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are crispy on the outside and tangy and juicy on the inside. They are a fantastic appetizer all on their own, or you can use them to make salads, serve as a side, or use to top sandwiches and burgers!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 3-4 unripe green tomatoes sliced into ¼-inch thick discs
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional for seasoning the tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper plus additional for seasoning the tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Wash and slice the green tomatoes into ¼-inch thick slices. Arrange flat on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Place the flour in a shallow dish or pie plate. In another shallow dish or pie plate, combine the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Whisk the egg and buttermilk together in a medium bowl.
  • Dredge the tomato slices in flour first, shaking off any excess. Then dip the tomatoes in the buttermilk mixture. Finally, dredge in the cornmeal/breadcrumb mixture and set aside on a baking sheet or cutting board. Repeat with all tomato slices.
  • Heat about 2 cups of oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat until the oil reaches 375 degrees F or the oil immediately bubbles around the handle of a wooden spoon when you stick it into the hot oil. There should be about ½-inch of oil in the pan.
  • Fry the tomatoes for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy, then remove to a wire rack to drain. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 703IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg