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Southern Fried Green Tomatoes with Dipping Sauce

This Southern fried green tomatoes recipe can be made as simple as you like. This recipe is for traditional, simple fried green tomatoes but you can easily create more variety if you like.  Make them gluten-free, or jazz your fried green tomatoes up with an easy remoulade sauce for dipping. If you’re feeling fancy, I’m including a recipe for pork belly croutons to go on top! How’s that for options?

fried green tomatoes arranged on a blue plate and drizzled with dipping sauce.

Whether you’re a purist when it comes to your fried green tomatoes or you 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.

Where to Buy Green Tomatoes

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!

Ingredient Tips

  • Tomatoes – Finding the perfect tomato can be a challenge, but there are some helpful tips to keep in mind when at your local grocery store. Look for firm green tomatoes that have not yet begun to ripen. If you can’t find any solid green tomatoes, go for ones with just a little bit of orange on them. The most important thing is finding tomatoes that are firm enough to fry. Don’t shy away from tomatoes that have started to change color as long as they still feel firm. Sometimes you have to make do with what you can find, especially outside the summer months and firmness is more important than color.
tomato ripeness guide. Green tomato slices are shown along side an orange tomato slice as well as slices that are in between colors.
  • Starch – Use cornstarch or potato starch to coat your “naked” tomatoes before dipping them in egg wash and breading them. Tapioca flour will probably work too.
  • 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.
  • 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
ingredient list on the back of plain yellow cornmeal box.
Just check the ingredient list if you’re in doubt.

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 dipping sauce and pork belly croutons or keep things simple. 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.

fried green tomatoes sliced on a blue plate and drizzled with an easy dipping sauce

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Jenn
Easy fried green tomatoes recipe with dipping sauce and keto croutons! Make these Southern fried green tomatoes gluten free with a couple of exchanges or leave off the dipping sauce and pork belly croutons for a more simple recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Servings 8
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium firm green tomatoes
  • ¼ cup cornstarch or potato starch
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup bread crumbs use GF linked below if needed
  • ½ cup ground yellow cornmeal*
  • oil for frying
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Slice tomatoes sandwich-style about 1/4" thick. Set aside
  • Blend breadcrumbs, cornmeal, salt, and pepper together on a dinner plate. Set aside
  • Dredge the sliced tomatoes in cornstarch or potato starch
  • In a bowl, whisk together two eggs and a teaspoon of water to make an egg wash
  • Coat tomato slices in egg wash then dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
  • Fry on each side in an iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat in 1/2" of vegetable oil
  • Use tongs to remove tomatoes from the skillet and place on paper towels to drain and cool.
  • Serve warm with my easy remoulade sauce for dipping and pork belly croutons!

Notes

Use 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.
Any starch will work for your initial coating. Cornstarch is what most people have on hand but potato starch or tapioca flour will work too if you need a substitute.
You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed for special diets without making any other changes to the recipe technique. Plain or Italian-style breadcrumbs both yield delicious results.
Cornmeal MIX is more plentiful on store shelves but you want plain ground yellow cornmeal for this recipe. 
 
Keyword easy fried green tomatoes recipe, how to make fried green tomatoes
Nutrition Facts
Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Making the Dipping Sauce

You can make an easy remoulade sauce as your dipping sauce for fried green tomatoes, and you probably already have the ingredients on hand! Remoulade sauce (at least in the South) just refers to an easy sauce made with a mayonnaise base and some spice. 

fried green tomato dipping sauce in a bowl
Your sauce may be thicker or thinner depending on the amount of sriracha you use.

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. All I do is mix the following ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Sriracha sauce to taste (Start with a 1/2 teaspoon and work your way up. I like a lot of heat and wind up using closer to a tablespoon).

That’s it! You can add a little lemon juice or garlic powder if you want to get fancy but I find these three simple ingredients make a delicious sauce that you can whip up in literally under a minute.

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! 

Optional 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.)

fried green tomatoes sliced on a blue plate and drizzled with an easy dipping sauce

Pork Belly Croutons (low carb)

Jenn
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.)
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Servings 8 servings
Calories 162 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz pre-cooked pork belly
  • Oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • 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

Notes

Pre-cooked pork belly is what’s most available where I live. If you want to use raw pork belly, skip the frying oil and cook the cubes longer until done.
Keyword keto croutons, pork belly croutons
Nutrition Facts
Pork Belly Croutons (low carb)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 52mg1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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. 

fried green tomatoes plated on a blue plate and topped with dipping sauce and pork belly croutons.

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