Grandma's Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe From the 1990s

Updated on January 3, 2020
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My Mississippi-born grandmother taught me how to make it this fried green tomato recipe.

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

I watched my grandmother make fried green tomatoes back in the day. I watched her make them because I wanted to learn how to make this recipe myself. I remember my first time eating this dish—they tasted a little sour, warm, crunchy, and yummy.

This recipe is Southern in origin (my grandmother was born in Mississippi). The dish can be made as a main course or as a side dish. If you serve them as a main dish, you can sprinkle a little shredded cheese on top as soon you remove them from the hot skillet. And if you make them as a side dish, you can serve them with chicken, fish, or beef. They also taste great with a small amount of ranch sauce poured on top.


  • Flour, for dipping
  • Cornmeal, for dipping
  • Green tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch paprika
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch seasoning salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable, for cooking


  1. In a bowl, add flour.
  2. In a separate bowl, add cornmeal (any brand of yellow cornmeal is ok).
  3. Slice the green tomatoes.
  4. In a separate bowl, add eggs, paprika, black pepper, and seasoning salt. Mix.
  5. Add vegetable oil to a skillet. Set heat to medium.
  6. Take the first green tomato slice and pat each side in the flour.
  7. Then dip the tomato slice into the egg mixture.
  8. Then dip the tomato slice into the cornmeal.
  9. Place the tomato slice into the preheated skillet.
  10. Continue the patting/dipping process for all tomato slices: flour, then egg mixture, then cornmeal.
  11. When the tomato slices are golden brown, flip to the other side.
  12. When brown on both sides, remove them from the skillet and onto a plate with an absorbent paper towel.

Sliced green tomatoes, ready to cook.
Sliced green tomatoes, ready to cook.

Benefits of Eating Green Tomatoes

Not only are fried green tomatoes yummy, but they have many nutritional benefits, as well. Most people don't eat green tomatoes when they are raw because they are hard and can upset your stomach. They taste much better when they are cooked.

Green tomatoes contain:

  • Vitamin K
  • Protein
  • Beta carotene
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Antioxidants

Vitamin C helps reduce common colds, sinus problems, rashes, and flu. Beta carotene is good for eye health. Vitamin K helps calcium absorption into the bones, nails, and teeth. And fiber helps prevent constipation.


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      Hannah Flack 

      3 months ago

      If you want to spend less time just poke holes in the spaghetti squash with a fork and then cook it in the microwave. I haven’t done one in awhile but I want to say it usually takes about 20 mins. Start with 10-15 mins and check it frequently and once you can stick a fork into it easily or press it and it’s soft (with an oven mitt on!!!) it’s done. Let it cool, then cut and scoop everything out!

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      6 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Yes, the tomatoes fo have to be green to fry them, this recipe is classic.

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      7 months ago

      do the tomatoes have to be green? My green ones are turning red.

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      Kimberly Brown 

      9 months ago

      I followed your recipe and my fried green tomatoes were delicious.

      Thank you!

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      Janice Sawyer 

      11 months ago

      We eat fried green tomatoes in the north as well. I am allergic to gluten and adjusted the recipes. I coat in seasoned GF AP flour, then an egg wash, then I use good quality potato flakes (sometimes I add crushed potato chips also .)They're dipped in ranch.

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      11 months ago

      Just wondering which seasoning salt do you and your grandmother use?

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      Sheila Smith 

      11 months ago

      My grandmother would fry these and the ladies would eat them before lunch was served, so we could eat all that we wanted before the men came home for lunch. We drank sweet tea and giggled!

      This was in the fifties/sixties. I was born in 1948!!!!

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      Sharon Seiber 

      12 months ago

      Can you use the air fryer for these? It looks like it.

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      12 months ago

      The first time I had them, I was visiting in South Carolina. They were served with a sweet corn relish, and they were heavenly. Does anyone have an authentic recipe for the relish?

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      William Cross 

      13 months ago

      Great site thank you.

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      19 months ago

      Very easy, very tasty, very gone! Thank you for sharing!

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      Cindy Dungan 

      21 months ago

      I made this tonight and it took me back to my childhood. My momma used the same recipe! Very, very good!

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      21 months ago

      Hi Fran, Try Farmer's Markets, they usually sell them.

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      21 months ago

      I made this recipe and it is wonderful. I did make a few changes. I salted and peppered the tomatoes before the flour. I added 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of chili powder to the cornmeal mix not the eggs. Also added Parmesan to the cornmeal mix. I didn't have cornmeal so I used masa harina. It takes more than 2 TBSP of oil so be prepared. Takes about 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of cornmeal using 4 tomatoes as towards the end it gets pretty messy. Fried green tomatoes are wonderful, kind of taste like pork cutlets but better.

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      Cynthia A 

      2 years ago

      I have used this recipe several times - delicious!

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      2 years ago

      I have been wanting to try fried green tomatoes for a long time but I have not been able to find green tomatoes in my local supermarkets. Any advice would be appreciated.

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      Virginia T 

      2 years ago

      A pinch of seasoned salt is not enough, underseasoned.

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      Lena Durante 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I love fried green tomatoes! I make them exactly the same way, without any measurements, just by feel.

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      3 years ago

      Grew up eating them here in Mn as ripe tomatoes were a rarity when I was a kid. weather too cool. My English grandmother used to make them too. Not necessarily a Southern dish. The corn meal may be the southern touch. My Mom just did flour ,egg & flour. I'm 74 now so this goes back a long way with me. My kids love them too.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Ann, I never had fried green tomatoes, but I've heard of it before, even after the movie came out years ago. This recipe looks delicious with the matching photos to go with it. I would love to try it someday, if I'm brave enough.

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      7 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Cristale, glad you like the fried green tomato recipe, thanks.

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      Cristale Adams 

      7 years ago from New York

      This is interesting. I always wondered of a good recipe to cook those tomatoes.

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      7 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Moonlake, thanks for you comment.

      Hi Rui, most grandma recipes are traditional, thanks for commenting.

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      Rui Carreira 

      7 years ago from Torres Novas

      There's something unique in grandma recipes.... maybe an ingredient called nostalgia :) Voted up

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      7 years ago from America

      Just about the same way I make. Great recipe looks pretty too. Voted Up


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