Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes made with cornmeal.

Paul Belliveau

Ingredients

Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons water
1 cup cornmeal
3 medium-size green tomatoes cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Garnish (optional): 1/4 cup sour cream and 2 tablespoons minced red onion

Instructions

We cook this in a large cast-iron (heavy) skillet, but also turn on the oven to finish cooking. Heat oven to 425°.

To dredge the green tomatoes, we like to get out a few shallow bowls or pie plates.

  1. In one shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.
  2. In second bowl, 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 depth).

Drop the coated tomato slices in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or just drain on paper towels.

Season the hot tomatoes with salt. 

Place in the oven to finish cooking, about 8 minutes.

Serve 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.

Yield: 

4 servings

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total 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.