This easy fried green tomatoes recipe can be made as simple as you like. You can easily make it gluten-free, or jazz it up with an easy remoulade sauce for fried green tomatoes, and top with keto croutons made from pork belly to go on top. How’s that for options? Whether you’re a purist when it comes to your fried green tomatoes or like to add a little adventure to this southern fried dish, you’ll find what you’re looking for with this fried green tomatoes recipe.
Finding green tomatoes can be a challenge. I’ve mostly grown my own or been gifted with them out of other people’s gardens. However, I found the green tomatoes for this recipe at Kroger surprisingly! They were the last three in the store and one had started to ripen slightly but it wound up working well anyway. If you don’t have a garden (or a friend with one) try your local farmer’s market during the summer months. They should be able to hook you up!
Let’s start with the basic fried green tomatoes recipe (I’ll include what I used to make them gluten-free for Hubs) and you can decide from there if you want to add the easy remoulade sauce as a dipping sauce or keep things more simple.
How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes
- 3 medium, firm green tomatoes – Look for firm, green tomatoes that have not yet begun to ripen. You might be able to get away with a tomato that has a little bit of orange on it but is still predominately green. The most important thing is firmness rather than color so if you find one that has a tad of orange on it but still feels as firm as a solid green one, it will be fine.
- 1/4 cup cornstarch or potato starch
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (use GF breadcrumbs if you are making gluten-free fried green tomatoes) – I actually used Italian-style gluten-free breadcrumbs for this recipe because that’s what I happened to have on hand and Hubs and I both loved it. Use plain if you prefer.
- 1/2 cup ground yellow cornmeal – You want plain, ground yellow cornmeal and not cornmeal mix which contains flour among other things. This yields the best crunchy texture anyway, in my opinion, but it’s especially important if you are making gluten-free fried green tomatoes
- oil for frying
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
Step 2 – Slice tomatoes sandwich-style about 1/4″ thick. and set aside
Step 3 – Blend breadcrumbs, cornmeal, salt, and pepper together on a dinner plate. I literally just dump everything onto a Corelle Livingware plate and stir it around with my (washed!) hand.
Step 4 – Dredge the sliced tomatoes in cornstarch or potato starch
Step 5- In a bowl, whisk together two eggs and a teaspoon of water to make an egg wash
Step 6 – Coat tomato slices in egg wash then dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
Step 7 – Fry on each side in an iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat in 1/2″ of vegetable oil
Step 8 – Use tongs to remove tomatoes from the skillet and place on paper towels to drain and cool.
Step 9 – Serve warm with my easy remoulade sauce for dipping and pork belly croutons! Keep scrolling for both those recipes.
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Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
Print off the recipe below so you’ll know how to fry green tomatoes the classic way and keep reading for a delicious dipping sauce for fried green tomatoes.
* You want plain, ground yellow cornmeal and not cornmeal mix which contains flour among other things. This yields the best crunch anyway in my opinion, but it's especially important if you are making gluten free fried green tomatoes As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
* You want plain, ground yellow cornmeal and not cornmeal mix which contains flour among other things. This yields the best crunch anyway in my opinion, but it's especially important if you are making gluten free fried green tomatoes
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Dipping Sauce for Fried Green Tomatoes
Use this easy remoulade sauce as a dipping sauce for fried green tomatoes or drizzle it over the tops of your plated tomatoes for a beautiful presentation.
Now that you know how to fry green tomatoes and made and easy dipping sauce to go with them, do you want to go for these keto croutons too? I first tasted pork belly croutons with fried green tomatoes at a Charleston restaurant called Cru Cafe. Now I don’t want to eat them any other way!
Pork Belly Croutons
The flavor of the pork belly complimented my easy remoulade sauce and gluten-free fried green tomatoes perfectly. Here’s how to make these keto croutons for your fried green tomatoes (or for salads and other dishes if you’re on a low-carb diet.)
- 8 oz pre-cooked pork belly
- Oil for frying
Dice the pork belly into 1/2″ cubes
Heat oil about 1/4″ high in an iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat
Add pork belly cubes and rotate with tongs to ensure all four sides are brown
Cook until crispy but not tough. It’s best to start with one cube to see how long you’ll need to fry on each side. For me, it was less than 30 seconds per side.
Serve with fried green tomatoes or use as keto croutons for your salads
- 8 oz pre-cooked pork belly
- Oil for frying
- Dice the pork belly into cubes
- Heat oil about 1/4" high in an iron skillet over medium to medium high heat
- Add pork belly cubes and rotate with tongs to ensure all four sides are brown
- Cook until crispy but not tough. It's best to start with one cube to see how long you'll need to fry on each side. For me it was less that 30 seconds per side.
- Serve with fried green tomatoes or use as keto croutons for your salads
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 24mgSodium 27mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 7g
So what will it be, traditional recipe or jazzed up with sauce and croutons? No matter how you slice it (pun intended), it’s hard to go wrong with this Southern favorite.