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The Best Ever Fried Green Tomatoes

The Best Ever Fried Green Tomatoes

Not a Southern Belle, but a frugal gardener. Making fried green tomatoes with my unripened beauties created one of the greatest culinary surprises in my kitchen. Who knew that a green tomato could be this delicious?
Author Valerie Lugonja


  • 4 large green tomatoes , washed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup of flour , seasoned with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 large free range , organic eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup finely ground , seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • vegetable oil or butter for frying


Prepare the three trays for dredging the tomato slices:

  1. seasoned flour in the first one
  2. beaten eggs combined well with the buttermilk in the second one
  3. breadcrumb cornmeal mixture in the third

Instructions for the Tomatoes:

  1. Cover each slice completely with the flour followed by the egg mixture and finished in the crumb mixture
  2. Lay each on a parchment covered cookie sheet until done
  3. Heat oil or butter in frying pan; fry a few at a time until brown on both sides (about 3 minutes a side if not immersed in oil)
  4. Serve with Green Tomato Ketchup or Green Tomato Relish