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Quick and Easy Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe Makes a Crispy-Tangy Treat

This crunchy outside, yet tender inside dish is a cozy staple of Southern cuisine. Its popularity really took off after the release of the 1980’s film Fried Green Tomatoes, but the recipe has been a favorite for ages. And for good reason. Tangy unripe tomatoes plucked from the vine get sliced and breaded. Then they’re shallow- or deep-fried. The result is the ultimate nostalgic comfort food that’s at the top of our list for a late-summer (or anytime!) treat.

Green tomatoes are perfect for frying. They’re firm, so cooking doesn’t result in a soggy texture. Plus, the flesh perfectly softens up, making them deliciously juicy and flavorful. For our Fried Green Tomatoes recipe, we coat slices with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Then, we combine cornmeal and flour to make the coating. The cornmeal adds an irresistible crunch that’s simply addictive. Although you can enjoy them straight out of the skillet, try pairing with a dipping sauce for an out-of-this-world bite that is sure to keep you coming back for more.

Related: Craving more crispy treats? Try this Bloomin’ Onion recipe. And check out these cooking oils that deliver healthy benefits.


6 serving

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  • 2 lbs. green (unripe) tomatoes, cut into 1/2”-thick slices
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup stone ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup oil


Sprinkle tomatoes with garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. In shallow bowl, blend cornmeal and breadcrumbs. Place eggs in separate bowl. Dip 1–2 tomato slices in egg, letting excess drip off. Coat with cornmeal mixture, pressing to adhere. Repeat.

In skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. In batches, cook tomatoes, flipping once, until golden, 6–8 min. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to serving plate. Serve Immediately.


  • Calories: 170 kcal
  • Fat: 9 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 2 gram
  • Protein: 4 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 18 gram
  • Fiber: 2 gram
  • Cholesterol: 45 mg
  • Sugar: 4 gram
  • Sodium: 260 mg
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