Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

I think we’re being taken over by fried green tomatoes. I’ve never had fried green tomatoes before. I went to the farmers market, and there was a lovely and beautiful looking pile of green tomatoes. I had to buy them. HAD TO.

So I get home and I ask my twitter pals if they’re interested in a FGT post. A lot of people responded they were, and then I was led to Susan’s latest post of baked green tomatoes. Then I found out my landlord made some for dinner that same night. At least two more people said they’ve been thinking of making them. Clearly this is a conspiracy.

A tasty conspiracy.

As I said earlier, I’ve never had fried green tomatoes. I love tomatoes, but only when cooked. The idea of eating under ripe tomatoes on purpose freaked me out a little. But then I thought, hey, these are fried? What could possibly taste bad after frying?

Green Tomatoes

When shopping for green tomatoes, it’s important to pick up under ripe, very firm, completely green tomatoes. They should be about the same size as a regular tomato. Smaller green tomatoes will taste bitter, and there are varieties of tomatoes (particularly heirloom varieties) that can be green and ripe at the same time, so make sure you don’t rely on color alone.

It’s a little disconcerting when you cut into a tomato and it sounds like a crisp apple, but that’s exactly what you want for this recipe.

After frying, they’re surprisingly tasty. They are sweet and tangy, still firm, and juicy–almost citrusy. The salty breading sets them off really nicely, and I topped them with a homemade balsamic glaze. They’re perfect for a light summer lunch or dinner when paired with some delicate baby greens, but they’re easy enough to make as a side dish.

Fried Green Tomatoes
Makes about 20 slices

4 Large, Under Ripe Green Tomatoes
Oil, for frying (peanut or canola)
Baby Greens, for serving
Cherry Tomatoes, for decoration
Balsamic Reduction (see recipe)

Breading Dry Mix
2 Cups Corn Flour/Meal
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbs plus 1 tsp Salt
1 Tbs Dried Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Breading Wet Mix
1 Tbs Ener-G Egg Replacer Powder
3 Tbs Boiling Water
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk

Core the green tomatoes and slice in to 1/2″ slices. If desired, season each side lightly with salt and pepper.

Green Tomatoes

Lay tomato slices on paper towels and pat dry.

Mix together the dry seasoning mix and set aside.

Combine the boiling water and egg replacer powder and whisk until thick and foamy. Add to a separate large bowl. Whisk in the non-dairy milk until thick and frothy. Set aside. You should now have two bowls, one with the dry breading mix and one with the wet.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet until hot but not smoking with 1/4 to 1/2″ of oil in the bottom.

Dredge the tomato slices, four at a time, in the wet batter mix. Then place them into the bowl with the dry batter mix, pressing to make sure it sticks. Fry four at a time for 3 minutes a side, or until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Stack the fried green tomatoes on baby greens with sliced cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic reduction. Serve warm, while breading is still crispy.

Fried Green Tomatoes


  1. Peter

    Always wanted to try Fried Green Tomatoes. These look so good. What do you think about adding a little wasabi powder to the breading mix?

  2. Val

    I made this last night and it turned out pretty well! It was very citrusy. It almost tasted like apples. I’ve never had fried green tomatoes before, thanks!

  3. Cole

    Beautiful presentation! I have a plethora of green tomatoes in the garden at the moment and will be trying this recipe soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Carrie

    I’ve been drooling over these for about a week and finally got out to our garden (at my ILs since we don’t have a yard) to pick some of my green tomatoes. Fried them up last night and, sigh, yummmmmmm. They were the perfect addition to cornbread and chili (both vegan), thanks for the recipe!

  6. Caroline

    I saw some green tomatoes in my garden today and decided to make your recipe for lunch. They didn’t look as pretty as yours but they were delicious! Thanks, I think I’ll make them again in the very near future.

  7. Kayleen

    Hi Lolo :)

    I saw your cookbook in the store the other day and bought it immediately. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time! It’s just as beautiful as I had anticipated.

    I made the smokey miso tofu for dinner tonight and served it with the maple roasted root vegetables from Jae’s cookbook Get It Ripe. A delicious meal all around. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of delicious vegan cuisine with the world :)

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  9. Scott

    Those look great. I like the idea of the balsamic reduction. When I’ve done it, I’ve added some sugar and paprika to the corn meal. Sometimes the tomatoes can be bitter, so the sugar helps with that, and then caramelizes when fried to make an extra crispy crust.

  10. Sara

    These look delicious. I love green fried tomatoes! I got cravings for some fried food, American-style when I lived in Italy, and I always saw the most gorgeous green tomatoes at the local market. I fried mine up in a mixture of flour, beer and salt (also what I use for onion rings) and they tasted out of this world. I’m sure with the extra seasonings, they’d be even more phenomenal.

  11. Clotilde M

    My aunt in Colorado had a large tomato crop this year and since it’s beginning to coll she didn’t know what to do with all the green tomatoes…enter green tomato recipes! Your look very nice.

  12. Cam

    OMG these were AMAZING! We gobbled them up as fast as we could fry them up. I can’t wait to try the balsamic reduction next time! Thanks, Lolo! Btw, I’m really enjoying your cook book!

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  16. Riley

    Just made these a few minutes ago. It was my first time ever trying fried green tomatoes and they turned out pretty darn good! Thanks!

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