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Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe – a Simple Summer Favorite

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe – a Simple Summer Favorite

Fried Green Tomatoes for Early Summer and Late Summer

A recent article on tomatoes elicited a lovely message from GardensAll community member, John Foster, which we share below. John shared his memories of their family tradition and favorite southern fried green tomatoes recipe.

Our family doesn’t eat a lot of fried foods, but the occasional Southern fried green tomatoes is a summer favorite dish.

However, we prefer to make fried green tomatoes more toward the end of the season. This way as many tomatoes as possible are able to ripen to red before the first frost, and we can save the last of the green ones for southern fried green tomatoes recipe and other favorites, including fermented tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomato Memories

Contributed by John Foster, 100% Disabled American Veteran

The mention of tomatoes makes my mind go back many decades to a time when my mom fried green tomatoes for dinner at least once a week during season. Those fried green tomatoes were always a big hit and usually gone shortly after we all sat down at the table.

I still remember how mom made those tasty delights. I thought I would share the easy process with you so you can try them and perhaps share them with your readers. 

Just 3 Ingredients for Southern Fried Green Tomatoes.

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Allow for at least 2 slices per person, (but chances are you’ll need at least 4 slices because these will go FAST!


  • Firm green tomatoes, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • Corn meal
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying*

Editor’s Note: at GardensAll we prefer healthier cooking oils like olive, avocado or sunflower oils.

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes - Just 3 Ingredients.
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  • Slice firm green tomatoes about 1/4″ thick.
  • Dredge in corn meal and add a tiny amount of salt, to taste or everybody can salt their own later. 
  • Heat oil and pan fry cornmeal coated slices until golden brown and serve hot. 
Southern Fried Green Tomatoes - Just 3 Ingredients. Dip green tomatoes in corn flour mixture.

Fried green tomatoes are easy and have been a southern favorite since the south was settled and the first tomato plant went into the ground. Enjoy Friends!

~God Bless,

John Foster 
100% Disabled American Veteran

We Tried the Fried Green Tomatoes

The GardensAll crew tends to stay away from fried foods, though are admitted tortilla chip fanatics… err… fans! Late July Organic Tortilla Chips is one of our favorites, but get it from Costco for the best price, as the current price on Amazon is significantly more expensive. We also favor the Kirkland Organic Tortilla Chips from Costco, and ever since Covid, we go for free delivery. Although there’s a 10% tip built in, it’s worth it because it’s a huge time saver for us.

But back to tomatoes.

We also have a hard time harvesting tomatoes before they’re ripe. I mean… to pluck a huge green beauty without letting it fulfill its destiny to become a juicy red one is tough. Plus we love them fresh and red or orange or “black”… whatever colored tomatoes they grow up to be.

However, come fall when the last tomatoes just can’t turn colors before the first frost, well, those tomatoes are just begging to become southern fried green tomatoes!

John’s remembrance got our mouths watering, because we also grew up on fried green tomatoes and fried okra, and nobody could cook ’em as good as MawMaw. My paternal grandmother was the best, and she lived to be 102!

We tried a self-rising cornmeal and also a coarse ground cornmeal. The self rising meal stayed on better and tasted best so definitely the preferred one to use. Next time we’ll try a finer ground straight corn meal that doesn’t have the flour that the self-rising has and just because we like experimenting with different ways.


Which Fried Green Tomatoes Taste Best?

Bottom line? Just fine ground cornmeal or corn flour, or self-rising cornmeal that includes flour. Add salt and pepper (if desired) to taste. Fry ’em up in a good oil (we prefer olive) and you’ve got some delicious southern fried green tomatoes.

And as John indicated, be forewarned; these will disappear practically before they reach the table, so make plenty for everybody.

We tried two different kinds of cornmeal.

Our favorite cornmeal for the fried green tomatoes is Bob’s Red Mill Organic Corn Flour. Second best is your favorite self-rising cornmeal mix.

On a different but related topic, if you haven’t seen the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, we loved it, so you might give it a go.

Favorite Fried Green Tomatoes Recipes

Contributions from the Community

No Garden Fresh Tomatoes?

You can use store-bought.
Works quite well with hard, not quite ripe grocery store tomatoes.
Sherry Marshall

Grandma Horton’s Fried Green Tomato Recipe”

  • Sprinkle sugar lightly on tomato slices. (Adjust quantities based on however much you’ll need to coat the number of tomatoes you’ll be frying)
  • Whisk egg/s 
  • Mix equal parts cornmeal and flour 
  • Add oil to skillet and heat on medium heat until oil sizzles when sprinkled with a drop of water
  • Dip tomatoes into whipped egg 
  • Drop and roll in meal
  • Place hot oiled skillet and fry, turning only occasionally

~Karen Horton Black

Fried Tomatoes With Fresh Herbs

Flour, salt, pepper, fresh or dried herbs, like dill or Italian herbs. Yum! We’d also fry red tomatoes, squash and even beans!
~Deb Milton

Zatarains Crispy Southern Fish Fry

I use Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fry,
~Marty FlAnagan

Zatarain’s Fish Fry Ingredients:
Enriched Yellow Corn Meal (Corn Meal, Iron, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Spices (Including Red Pepper), Natural Flavor, Monosodium Glutamate (Flavor Enhancer), Garlic, Onion, and Lemon Juice Concentrate.

Super Simple Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Dip in flour with salt and pepper and fry until crisp.
~Lori Lobdell

Fried Green Tomatoes or Southern Green Tomato Chow-Chow

I fry them although some southern relatives use them to make chow-chow or some other relishes.
~Peggy Hanchar

Fried Green Tomatoes, Sliced, Diced, on Burgers and More!

Love.. love.. we have lovely tomatoes that we grow in our backyard.. I love them fried either sliced or diced. Salt/pepper, flour, egg, and dip in cornmeal or tempura seasonings and fry. I also make burgers and put fried on bun with a spicy sauce….yummy! Also, if I only have a few, I dice with zucchini and batter and fry together.
~Patricia Lomazzo


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