Fried Green Tomatoes

By:  Raven Wing  •  7 months ago  •  7 comments

Fried Green Tomatoes

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Some of you may remember the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes", in which they introduced movie goers to a Southern delight of fried green tomatoes. As I spent much of my childhood years in the South I had already enjoyed the taste of fried green tomatoes for many years. So here is a recipe for the Southern style of fried green tomatoes.


  2  - cups yellow cornmeal (white cornmeal does not work as well, it gets mushy)
  5  - medium green tomatoes cut in 1/4 - to 3/8 -inch slices
1/2 - cup vegetable oil
Salt and black pepper


Put cornmeal in a baking dish or large flat plate. 

Dip each tomato slice into cornmeal and pat gently until cornmeal covers the surface. Turn slice over and coat the other side.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add tomato slices and fry in one layer, without crowding, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until until golden brown.

Drain on a paper towel and then place on a serving plate.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm. 


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1  GregTx    7 months ago

I love them. BBQ spareribs, corn on the cob and fried green 'mators.....mmmmm


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1.1  author  Raven Wing  replied to  GregTx @1    7 months ago
BBQ spareribs, corn on the cob and fried green 'mators.....mmmmm

Yeppers.... hard to beat for a great BBQ cookout. Or any time for that matter. 128

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2  author  Raven Wing    7 months ago

This was one of my favorite treats when growing up. My Paternal Grandmother always had a large garden with lots of various types of vegetables. Lots of fruit trees and all sorts of berries growing along the garden fence. Visiting there in the summer was like living in a fresh vegetable heaven. 

The first time I ever tasted fried green tomatoes was when I was visiting there during the summer when I was 5 y/o. They were such a delight that I would head out to the garden and pick green tomatoes and beg Grandmother to fry them for me. When I was old enough, Grandmother taught me how to make them, and they have been a family staple ever since. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does.

3  Dulay    7 months ago

One of the 'secrets' I was taught back in the day by my AA girlfriend's Auntie was to drain the tomatoes on end, like books on a shelf. It keeps them crisper... 

When tomatoes start getting big enough I go on a fried green tomato binge. The hot sauce flies!

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3.1  author  Raven Wing  replied to  Dulay @3    7 months ago

One of the many things good about So Calif, you can grow things almost year round. I don't have a space for a garden here in the complex, so I grow my tomatoes in pots. Good that no one likes to pick the tomatoes when they are green, so I have all the green tomatoes for me, myself and I to enjoy almost year round. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

3.1.1  Dulay  replied to  Raven Wing @3.1    7 months ago

When I lived in No Cal I grew year round too. Fresh greens all year round. 

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3.1.2  author  Raven Wing  replied to  Dulay @3.1.1    7 months ago

My Paternal Grandmother was a country girl, and had a huge garden, with just about every kind of vegetable you can think of that can be grown in East Texas. She had a huge grape vine and made her own wine. Which my Brother and I found out the hard way one time when we visited that it wasn't grape juice. jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_30_smiley_image.gif

My Maternal Grandmother was a city girl would not eat anything that could not be bought at a grocery store. 

I'm glad I took after my Paternal Grandmother and learned how to grow vegetables, and other fresh edibles. I miss my big garden, and make do with my patio garden now. But, at least I can have my green tomatoes and fresh herbs. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif


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