Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Is there anything more Southern than fried green tomatoes? If you’re wondering why you would bother frying them in the first place, the answer is because they’re dang good. The second answer is because they don’t fall apart as easily as ripe tomatoes, and most people need more ways to eat their summer tomato bounty.

You can make restaurant quality fried green tomatoes at home, and they are thankfully difficult to mess up. Eat them with the condiment of your choice, some pimento cheese, or even pop them into a BLT or a grilled cheese sandwich. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!


  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 green tomatoes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
fried green tomatoes
Here’s my example prep setup.


Cut each tomato into 1/4 inch slices. Mix flour and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Beat eggs with the milk in a second shallow dish. In a third shallow dish, mix cayenne, paprika, and bread crumbs.

Heat half an inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan until it spatters when a drop of water is flicked in. Dredge the tomatoes in flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs. 2-4 tomatoes at a time, until golden brown on each side, which takes about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

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