Fried Green Tomatoes – Like My Mom Used To Make

It’s now time for fried green tomatoes!  Those tomatoes that were intended to ripen already have, and those left have been brought in before frost hits.  Green tomatoes can be used in the way only a green tomato can!  My sister has canned Dilled Green Tomatoes – a garlic clove, dill and bay leaf in the bottom of the jar, with quartered green tomatoes, covered with brine.  She’s also made sweet green tomato ketchup – with some of her fresh broccoli added to the traditional green peppers, onion and tomatoes.  I have been promised a jar of each!

And then we have the south’s famous fried green tomatoes!  This is Moms recipe – made with light green, almost ‘white’ tomatoes!  Thinly sliced, salted, dipped in corn meal – and just after turning the first time – lightly sprinkled with brown sugar!  Quickly fried in a skillet with butter and olive oil, these are guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever had!

Fried Green Tomatoes

  • 2 green tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • salt
  • stone ground corn meal
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • dark brown sugar

Slice the tomatoes and lay in a single layer on a large plate.  Sprinkle both sides with salt and let ‘rest’ for a couple of minutes.  Heat 1/2 tablespoon butter and a good drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Dredge the tomato slices in the cornmeal until both sides are covered.  Place the tomato slices in the skillet and fry until they begin to brown.  Do not crowd tomatoes in skillet – fry only 4 or 5 slices at a time.  Turn tomato slices and lightly sprinkle with brown sugar.  Turn again when second side has started to brown.  Make sure each slice is turned three times, browning both sides twice.  As slices are finished, remove to a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb extra oil.  Enjoy!


13 responses to “Fried Green Tomatoes – Like My Mom Used To Make

  1. I’ve never eaten nor tried to make fried green tomatoes; never knew where to start. I do now! Thanks for sharing your Mom’s recipe. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. Oh, I’ve been wanting to make Fried Green Tomatoes since I watched the movie… that’s a long time.
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  3. These look perfect, crisp cornmeal on the outside, just the right browning, juicy inside, good tomatoes. I love it.

  4. THAT’S what I’ve been doing wrong – not salting them to draw-out some of the water! I wondered why the flour wouln’t stick…
    Cornmeal sounds better anyway…
    Glad your mom was a better cook than mine! 😉

  5. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. i have piles of green tomatoes and had no idea how to make these. I shall give it go this afternoon.. thanks again! c

  6. Salting the tomatoes. You’ve just switched the light on! Thanks

    Loving the sound of dilled green tomatoes…….

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