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American Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes certainly is one of the most iconic dishes in America.  This southern classic is especially beloved in Alabama.

Easy recipe for fried green tomatoes

Serving Suggestion:

***They are fantastic to serve as an appetizer, with a nice dip.

However, to those of us not living in America, this dish might sound strange, so:

What is Fried Green Tomatoes?

Yes, it is made from unripe tomatoes which are coated with cornmeal and then fried.

A delicious way of using tomatoes that are not yet red and juicy.

Traditionally they use cornmeal or mealie meal.  For our recipe, we used a combination of Mealie Meal and Cake Flour.

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
The Recipe

Difficulty:  Easy

Cuisine:  American

Makes:  4 Servings


  • 4 large green tomatoes
  • 70 g mealie meal
  • 5 ml salt
  • 1 egg
  • 40 g cake flour
  • sunflower oil for shallow frying (preferred method)

How to make Fried Green Tomatoes:

  • Cut the tomatoes into 1.5 cm thick slices.
  • Mix the mealie meal and salt.
  • Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
  • Now coat the tomato slices with the cake flour, dip in the egg mixture and then coat with the mealie meal.
  • Fry the slices on both sides in shallow oil until golden brown and soft when tested with a skewer.
  • Serve immediately.

Fried Green Tomatoes are delicious with a Greek yogurt and cucumber tzatziki dip on hot summer days.  There is no special secret as to which type of tomatoes to use.  You can use any tomato.  As long as it is still green (not ripe).  So if you’ve planted up a patch of tomatoes this year and your crop yield more than you can handle, this is an excellent recipe to keep handy.

Let us know if you like it on our Facebook recipe page:  Reis en Huis (Travel and Home in Afrikaans – but we are multi lingual over there 🙂  )

Easy appitizer recipe for fried green tomatoes

Did you know:

Alabama is a southeastern U.S. state that’s home to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church and the Rosa Parks Museum.  The capital is Montgomery.

Sweet home Alabama