Fried Green Tomatoes

6 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Fried Green Tomatoes made with green tomatoes and a super crispy cornmeal crust served with a delicious remoulade sauce. A quick and easy appetizer recipe.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Remoulade Sauce Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes were confusing to me for many years. Why cook with unripe tomatoes when ripe ones had such amazing flavor?

Well the tartness of these green tomatoes fried with a crispy cornmeal crust are the perfect counterpart to the rich, spicy, creamy, tangy Remoulade Sauce. I’d venture to say they’re like a milder version of Fried Pickles, another Southern recipe people love.

This site is full of all different kinds of recipes, some of which are southern favorites. Among them, Martha White Southern Cornbread which is a white cornbread rather than the super sweet yellow cornbread most people make, BBQ Cajun Shrimp which is buttery, lemony and all kinds of delicious and Creamy Bacon Pea Salad, my favorite side salad of the summer which is  full of cheddar cheese and bacon.

Is a fried green tomato made with an unripe tomato?

Yes, for classic fried green tomatoes you are using unripe tomatoes that would turn red as they ripen. Do not use fully ripe green tomatoes such as heirloom tomatoes as they won’t have the firm structure and correct flavor for the recipe.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Sauce

What to serve with Fried Green Tomatoes?

The most classic thing to serve with Southern Fried Green Tomatoes is a classic remoulade sauce. You can make a remoulade sauce in just a couple of minutes, but flavors are best if the sauce has had a chance to sit and let the flavors develop.

This dish of fried green tomatoes may look fancy, but the process for making them is the same as making chicken parmesan. And that delicious sauce under the tomatoes? Well that sauce is made in a food processor in just seconds.

Remoulade Sauce Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ yellow onion
  • 3 stalks green onions, root trimmed
  • 1 stalk celery, rib removed and root trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process for 30-45 seconds or until creamy.

You’ll love this remoulade sauce on its own even as a quick as easy dip recipe.

Easy Fried Green Tomatoes

These fried green tomatoes are an EASY appetizer recipe. With just 30 minutes from start to finish, you’ll find they are a Southern classic.

How to keep Fried Green Tomatoes crispy?

If you’re making these for a large crowd keep them warm and crispy in a 250 degree oven on a cooling rack.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes made with green tomatoes and a super crispy cornmeal crust served with a delicious remoulade sauce. A quick and easy appetizer recipe.
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 large green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • canola oil for frying


  • Cut out the core of the tomato.
  • Slice the tomatoes into ¼ inch slices.
  • Make a dredging station, in one bowl eggs and milk are whisked together, in a second bowl the flour and in the third bowl the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper mixed together.
  • Dip the tomato slices in the flour, then the milk/egg bowl then the breadcrumbs bowl.
  • Place onto a cookie sheet while you coat the remaining slices.
  • To a deep skillet add the canola oil, 1 inch deep on medium high heat.
  • Using a spatula slide the tomato slices into the hot oil and cook for 3-4 minutes or until browned on each side.
  • Remove the cooked tomato slices to a cooling rack.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Fried Green Tomatoes Appetizer

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. my fruit stand had green tomatoes so I tried your recipe for dinner tonight and it was very good! We really liked the sauce as well.

  2. I am with you Sabrina – fried green tomatoes confused me as well – and then I tried them and it was “ah now I get it!!” That Remoulade sause? Oh my goodness – I’d drizzle that over anything!!

  3. Fried green tomatoes are one of my fav things to order – can’t wait to try them at home!