Fried Green Tomatoes: A Southern Delicacy

Fried Green Tomatoes are a beloved Southern dish that combines the tangy and slightly tart flavor of unripe green tomatoes with a crispy and flavorful coating. Whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or even in a sandwich, these golden and crunchy tomato slices are a delightful treat that embodies Southern comfort food.


For the Fried Green Tomatoes:

  • 4-5 firm green tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for some heat)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Remoulade Sauce (Optional):

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


1. Slice the Tomatoes:

  • Slice the firm green tomatoes into rounds, about 1/4 inch thick. Discard the stem ends.

2. Prepare the Coating:

  • In a shallow bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).

3. Dip in Buttermilk:

  • Pour the buttermilk into another shallow bowl.

4. Coat the Tomatoes:

  • Dip each tomato slice into the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off.
  • Coat the tomato slice with the flour-cornmeal mixture, pressing gently to adhere.

5. Heat the Oil:

  • In a large skillet, heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C).

6. Fry the Tomatoes:

  • Carefully place the coated tomato slices into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the skillet.
  • Fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried green tomatoes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

7. Make the Remoulade Sauce (Optional):

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, sweet pickle relish, hot sauce, lemon juice, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper until well combined. This sauce adds a zesty kick to your fried green tomatoes.

8. Serve:

  • Serve your hot and crispy Fried Green Tomatoes immediately, with the optional remoulade sauce on the side for dipping.

Fried Green Tomatoes are a Southern classic that highlights the distinct flavor and texture of unripe green tomatoes. They make a delectable appetizer or side dish with their crispy coating and tangy flavor, ideal for savoring a taste of the South. These golden slices are sure to become a favorite comfort food in your home, whether served alone or with a zesty remoulade sauce.