Fried Green Tomatoes with Red Onion

We ate fried green tomatoes as children in the 1930s. They have a special taste all their own.

You don’t want the tomatoes to get too ripe or the dish will get mushy. 

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1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
1 cup cornmeal
2 tennis-ball-sized green tomatoes, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Garnish (optional): 1/4 cup sour cream and 2 tablespoons minced red onion


Heat oven to 425°.

  1. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.
  2. In another shallow dish or pie plate, beat together eggs and water.
  3. In a third shallow dish, pour in cornmeal.

Coat each tomato slice with flour (shake off excess), then dip in the egg mixture, then drench in cornmeal. Lay slices on a cookie sheet.

In a large (cast iron) skillet over medium-high heat, pour a thin layer of canola oil to completely cover the bottom of the skillet (½ to ¼ inch).Pan fry the coated tomato slices in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or just drain on paper towels.

Season the hot tomatoes with salt and pepper. Place in the oven to finish cooking, about 8 minutes.

Place tomato slices on serving plates or a large platter, then top with garnish of sour cream and red onion (or whatever you wish).

Serve immediately.

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4 servings

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

30 minutes

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My husband and I love them on

My husband and I love them on bread with butter. Makes a great supper!

I use crushed Ritz crackers

I use crushed Ritz crackers instead of cornmeal. Yum!!

I like the cornmeal. That's

I like the cornmeal. That's what makes a fried green tomato. I might slice mine thinner -- 1/4 inch.

You don't have to cook them

You don't have to cook them in the oven after you fry them up, but I'll try it!

Green tomatoes are best when

Green tomatoes are best when they're just starting to turn red.

I love this southern recipe.

I love this southern recipe. I live up North and my tomatoes don't always get a chance to turn red so I cook up this way.