Old-fashioned Fried Green Tomatoes

I think of Fried Green Tomatoes as a classic comfort food – but I never actually tried them until I recently made a hundred-year-old recipe.

This is a food that I should have tried years ago. The Fried Green Tomatoes turned out wonderfully.  They were delightful with a crispy cornmeal coating.

Here is the original recipe:

Source: The Blue Grass Cook Book (Compiled by Minnie C. Fox, 1917)

And, here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Servings: 3 - 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 medium green tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices

4 cups water

1 teaspoon salt




1/2 cup corn meal

shortening or lard

Combine  the water and  1 teaspoon salt in a mixing bowl, then soak the sliced tomatoes in the water for approximately 30 minutes. Remove the tomatoes from the water and drain on a paper towel, then lay the tomatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet, and sprinkle with sugar, salt, and pepper. Put the cornmeal in a small bowl, then roll each tomato slice in the cornmeal.

Heat 1/2 inch of shortening or large in a large frying pan. Carefully place the breaded green tomato slices in the pan in a single layer. Depending upon pan size, the slices may need to be cooked in several batches. Fry for about 3 minutes or until the bottom side of each slice is lightly browned, then gently turn and fry until the other side is browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

36 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. Love them. On first try I didn’t though. I could almost hear my father say – “Take 3 bites of a new item, you don’t really get the flavor with one bite.” I’m glad I did, because I eat Fried Green tomatoes when I can!!

  2. Love fried tomatoes! To give them a different change of taste ,I use season salt,then next time old bay seasoning or add a little paprika to the salt and pepper version . It’s fun to hear the family discussion on which they liked best.

    1. I have also found it difficult to find green tomatoes. I couldn’t find them anywhere. I finally asked at a farm stand, and they picked some especially for me. I had to go back several days later to get them.

    1. When I was a child, we always picked green tomatoes when we thought there was going to be a frost. I bet that your mother’s fried green tomatoes were yummy.

  3. I grew up eating fried green tomatoes and still love them! I make them like my mother and grandmother did. Dip the slices in milk and then dredge in seasoned flour before frying. I need to try your recipe, the corn meal reminds me of fried okra (which I also love).

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