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stack of fried green tomatoes with unripened tomatoes on a white plate with a fork

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Southern Fried Green Tomatoes are seasoned to perfection, then deep fried. They're crunchy on the outside and savory on the inside, which makes them a real southern treat!


  • 3 to 4 firm green tomatoes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. seasoned pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • vegetable oil, or another high heat oil of your choice


  1. Slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch round slices.
  2. Place tomatoes on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let sit 10 minutes so excess water will drain away.
  3. Whisk buttermilk and egg together in a bowl.
  4. Prepare dry batter mix by combining cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt and ground red pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.
  5. Scoop out 1/4 of dry batter mix and place in a smaller bowl.
  6. Dredge a slice of tomato into the smaller dry batter bowl, then dip into buttermilk bowl, then dredge in the larger dry batter bowl.
  7. Place tomato on a large sheet pan, then repeat the process until all tomatoes are dredged.
  8. Pour oil in a cast iron skillet (ad) until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Heat to medium high.
  9. Place tomatoes in hot oil in skillet. Only put a few in at a time so they can be turned easily.
  10. Fry tomatoes for about 3 minutes on one side, then flip over and fry on the other side until golden brown.
  11. Transfer tomatoes to a paper plate that has been lined with paper towels or a rack to drain.
  12. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt.


Serve fried green tomatoes plain, or add toppings and sauces to make them your own.

Make sure oil is shallow in the skillet and hot enough to cook tomatoes to a golden brown hue.

If the oil isn't hot enough, the tomatoes may turn out soggy. If it's too hot, they may burn. Heat oil to a temperature of 375 degrees for best results. 

  • Category: Appetizers, Sides
  • Method: Cast Iron Skillet
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: fried green tomatoes, southern fried green tomatoes, green tomatoes, unripened tomatoes, appetizers, sides