Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Jump to Recipe

The movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” has always been a favorite of mine. I remember how much I wanted to taste those fried green tomatoes Idgie made in her restaurant. It’s only right that I share my version of this southern classic with you.

It’s important to grab firm tomatoes. That guarantees freshness and prevents the tomatoes from being too mushy after frying. Green tomatoes are tart. I like to add a bit of granulated sugar to reduce that tang.

To ensure that the breading sticks to the tomatoes, we have to salt the slices and place them on paper towels. Allow them to rest. You’ll see all of that water soak onto the paper towels. This will give us crispier fried green tomatoes.

Serve them as a snack or appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce. Or top them with my Crawfish Alfredo or my Crawfish Étouffée. Trust me on this. Just do it.

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Cajun style, crispy fried green tomatoes that can be served as a snack with your favorite dipping sauce or topped with a creamy, crawfish Alfredo or etouffee.
Prep Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 3 people


  • 3 medium-sized green tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning or seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices
  2. Sprinkle them with salt
  3. Place the tomato slices between two paper towels and allow them to sit for 20 mins
  4. Create a breading station by pouring the flour into a shallow deep
  5. Season the flour with the Cajun seasoning and sugar
  6. In another dish, whisk the eggs, milk, and hot sauce together until slightly frothy.
  7. Pour the breadcrumbs, cornmeal, onion and garlic powders into a third dish; mix well.
  8. Dredge each tomato slice into the flour, egg/milk, then the breadcrumbs/cornmeal.
  9. In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil.
  10. Fry the tomato slices for 2-3 minutes per side or until they are golden brown.
  11. Drain on a wired rack.
  12. Enjoy!