Crispy Southern Fried Green Tomatoes


Experience a taste of Southern charm with our Crispy Southern Fried Green Tomatoes. This delightful dish features unripe green tomatoes sliced and coated in a seasoned cornmeal mixture, then fried to a perfect golden crisp. They're tangy, crunchy, and utterly delicious – a perfect appetizer or side dish that brings a bit of Southern flair to any meal.

Crispy Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 4 people. 
  • Each serving consists of 3-4 fried green tomato slices.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 200 kcal
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


  • Green tomatoes: 4, sliced
  • Cornmeal: 120 g (1 cup)
  • All-purpose flour: 60 g (1/2 cup)
  • Eggs: 2, beaten
  • Buttermilk: 120 ml (1/2 cup)
  • Paprika: 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Vegetable oil: for frying
  • Hot sauce: optional, for serving

Method of Preparation

  1. In one bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and buttermilk.
  3. Dip each tomato slice first in the egg mixture, then in the cornmeal mixture, ensuring an even coat.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the tomato slices until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve hot, optionally with a side of hot sauce for dipping.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Choose firm green tomatoes for the best texture.
  • Keep the oil temperature consistent for even frying.
  • Don’t overcrowd the skillet to ensure each slice gets crispy.


Can I bake these instead of frying?

Yes, though they won't be as crispy. Bake on a greased sheet at 200°C (400°F) until golden.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven for best texture.

Can I add other seasonings to the cornmeal mix?

Absolutely! Customize with cayenne pepper, onion powder, or other favorite spices.