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southern fried green tomatoes recipe
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Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

DEEP SOUTH fried green tomatoes! Made with buttermilk, cornmeal, seasonings and fried to perfection!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 2 medium-sized green tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour I sometimes add a bit of dried basil, salt & garlic powder to this
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs I love using panko or crushed croutons
  • 1 ¼ cup yellow cornmeal


  • Slice tomatoes into 1/4- 1/2 inch slices.
  • Place tomatoes on several layers of paper towels.
  • Mix together salt, sugar, black pepper & basil in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle tomatoes generously with spice mixture ( may not need all of it) and let sit for about 10-15 minutes to allow the extra tomato juices to drain out.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your dipping station! In one bowl, add the flour.
  • In another bowl mix together the buttermilk and egg.
  • In the last bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and yellow cornmeal.
  • Start by dipping the tomato slices into the flour on both sides and shaking off the excess flour. (be sure to get the sides as well)
  • Lay the slices into the egg mixture until both sides are coated with the mixture and flour no longer shows.
  • Place the tomato slices into the breadcrumb mixture and press to coat both sides evenly.
  • Let tomatoes sit for about 5 minutes to allow the coating to set.
  • Heat oil in a skillet until hot. (Do a test with a bread crumb first to make sure the oil is at the right temperature. The breadcrumb should begin to fry evenly immediately when placed in the oil.)
  • Place tomatoes into the skillet, without crowding the pan.
  • Fry each side for about 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
  • Place on a cooling rack with paper towels below to absorb the excess oil that drips off.
  • Serve hot.



When dipping the tomatoes, use one hand for wet ingredientss and one hand for dry ingredients. This will keep things from getting clumpy. I wipe my hands off a lot while doing this.
I don't add much salt to this because I use seasoned bread crumbs that are full of spices, however, if you're using plain bread crumbs you'll def. want to add some seasoning salt and pepper at least!