Veggie Resolution #19: Fried Green Tomatoes

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I never thought that I’d say this, but I think I’m having veggie withdrawal.  I know, crazy, right?  I’m not talking about just any veggies though – I’m talking about my CSA veggies!  My weekly share ended last month,  and I sure do miss the perfectly ripened, flavorful produce that I picked up.  I didn’t think I’d be able to tell the difference, but let’s just say grocery store tomatoes have been forever ruined for me.

I thought I’d share one of the vegetables that showed up pretty late in the season – green tomatoes.  I had never cooked with green tomatoes before, but as soon as I saw them in my weekly share I knew I had to try frying them.  They named a whole movie after fried green tomatoes, so they’ve got to be at least pretty good, right?

Looking to my How to Cook Everything book as well as the good old internet for guidance, I quickly whipped up some toasty fried tomato slices. Interested to see how I did it? Read on!

You will need:


  • Firm green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk or half-and-half
  • Equal parts cornmeal, breadcrumbs, and flour (I used a 1/2 cup each)
  • Salt (I used 1 tsp)
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Oil for frying (I used olive)

1. Core the tomatoes and slice crosswise.

2. Combine the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.

3. Beat the eggs, and mix in the half-and-half.  Line up the flour, egg mix, and cornmeal mix.

4. Dredge each tomato slice in flour, dip in egg, then dredge in cornmeal mix.

5.  Heat up ~2 tbsp olive oil (you can add more as needed) and fry the tomato slices, flipping so that each side is golden.  Drain fried slices on paper towels.

There you go – easy peasy!  They are pretty flavorful (tangy and crunchy, yum!) on their own, or you could add a dipping sauce, such as ranch dressing. I whipped up a simple sauce of fat-free Greek yogurt, mayo and garlic and that was delicious too!  If you ever see green tomatoes in your local market, give it a try!

I can’t believe I’m up to #19 of my Veggie Resolution – only one more to go! Now what vegetable should I choose for my last veggie post?? Hmmmm…..

Have you had green tomatoes before?

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    December 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Interesting. I’m guessing they had a bounty of green tomatoes because it was getting close to the end of the season and they didn’t want to lose them before the first frost. Your pictures are looking great! I especially love the first one and the last one.

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      December 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Thank you! It’s getting a bit more challenging now that it’s winter and I have no natural light for photos!

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    December 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

    These look delicious! And so easy to make.

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      March 9, 2017 at 6:40 am

      I am forever indebted to you for this inrfimatoon.

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    December 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

    ooh so yummy! i want some now.

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    December 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Yummy! I love fried green tomatoes.

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    December 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

    So yummy! Out of curiosity, why did your CSA box stop coming? Could you renew it for the winter, or is it unavailable in your area? I am on squash overload around here – we continue to get the CSA box, but the variety is a bit lacking in the colder months.

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      December 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

      My last CSA pick-up was in early November. They had a winter share option (that I was really excited about! It had not just veggies, but meat, eggs, dairy, etc.) but unfortunately, not enough people signed up 🙁

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    Geek in Heels
    December 1, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Ever since I watched the 90s movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” I’ve been wanting to try them…and was sorely disappointed when I finally did, because the tomatoes were too sour and the fried batter too soggy. 🙁 This this recipe makes the dish look so easy to make, and the pictures look so delicious that I want to try them again!

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      December 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

      You should definitely try it again – these were crispy and not too soggy at all!

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    December 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I love fried green tomatoes!! Sadly, I’ve had both good and bad ones. The best ones I’ve ever eaten were at the Texas state fair. Oh my gosh!! So, so good! The batter had a little heat to it. Yum!

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      December 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

      That sounds delicious – I’m going to try adding a little cayenne to the batter next time!

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    December 2, 2011 at 1:57 am

    How yummy!!!! I love FGT and I used to make them out of the tomatoes that grew in my friend’s garden down the street. I miss gardens. (and NYC)

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    December 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I love fried green tomatoes & urs look perfect. I liked how U whipped up the fat-free Greek yogurt, mayo and garlic, that sounds peferct. I see & hear Greek yogurt being mentioned more & more these days. Good eats ~ Good post.

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