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Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

This common southern appetizer is a crispy and crunchy deep-fried delicacy. Covered in a buttermilk batter and coated in a breaded panko crust this Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe is simple, delicious, and perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time36 mins
Total Time56 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: fried green tomatoes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Aimee Mars | Aimee Mars Living


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Sharp Kitchen Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Whisk
  • Shallow Dishes
  • Wire Cooling Rack
  • 10-inch Cast Iron Skillet
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Plate
  • Rimmed Baking Sheet


  • 2 lbs Firm Green Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Salt
  • cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ¾ cup Buttermilk
  • 2 large Eggs
  • cup Cornmeal
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • cup Canola Oil or other oil with a high smoke point


Prep Tomatoes

  • Slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch sized slices.
  • Place the sliced tomatoes in an even layer on a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and sift salt over them. Cover with paper towels and let sit for 10 minutes.

Coat Tomatoes

  • Place 3 shallow bowls in a row next to your stove (where you'll be frying the tomatoes).
  • In the first bowl combine the flour and spices, in the second bowl whisk the buttermilk and eggs together, and in the last bowl mix the cornmeal and breadcrumbs.
  • Coat the tomatoes in the flour mixture covering both sides.
  • Dredge the coated tomato into the buttermilk mixture, making sure to get both sides covered.
  • Finally, cover the tomato slice in the cornmeal and breadcrumb mixture. Repeat these steps for each tomato.

Fry Tomatoes

  • Heat the oil to 360º F and clip a candy thermometer to the side to keep watch the temp remains at this point.
  • Using a spatula or flat slotted spoon slide the coated tomato into the oil. Fry for 3 minutes on each side. Repeat until all the tomatoes are fried.
  • Place the fried tomatoes onto a wire rack sprayed with cooking spray while the others cook.


Serving: 1tomato | Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 2479mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1324IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 4mg