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the best fried green tomatoes

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Susanne Heartsill
Memphis, TN

I discovered this recipe after a storm knocked 5 green tomatoes off my tomato plant. They seemed fine and instead of throwing them away, I made up this recipe from ingredients already in my pantry. My husband grew up in the deep south eating fried green tomatoes and enjoys my version very much. I hope you like them.

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For the best fried green tomatoes

  • green tomatoes
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    self-rising buttermilk corn meal
  • 1/2 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • 1
  • 2 Tbsp
  • vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper if desired

How To Make the best fried green tomatoes

  • 1
    Pick several green tomatoes from your garden (or local farmer's market). Slice tomatoes approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Set aside. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil. A deep fryer will work as well.
  • 2
    Mix together dry ingredients...flour, corn meal (I used self-rising) and panko bread crumbs. Add a pinch of salt and cracked black pepper. This is also where I add about 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper...this is entirely up to the chef to use or not depending on your family's preference.
  • 3
    Mix wet ingredients...crack 1 egg in bowl. Mix with milk. Whisk together.
  • 4
    Bathe tomato slices in egg mixture. Then dredge in flour mixture.
  • 5
    Transfer tomatoes from dry mixture to oil with caution. Fry each side until it lightly browns (about 3 minutes each side for 1/4 inch thickness) then transfer to papertowel. Blot the remaining oil off the tomatoes and lightly season with salt to taste. Serve immediately.
  • 6
    My family enjoys eating these with Ranch dressing.

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