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Grandma's Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

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My Mississippi-born grandmother taught me how to make this recipe.

Fried green tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes

I watched my grandmother make fried green tomatoes back in the day. I studied her technique 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.

Ingredients

For dredging:

  • Flour
  • Yellow cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch paprika
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch seasoning salt

Additional:

  • Green tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable, for cooking

Instructions

  1. Slice the green tomatoes.
  2. In a bowl, add flour.
  3. In a separate bowl, add cornmeal (any brand of yellow cornmeal is ok).
  4. In a separate (third) bowl, add the eggs, paprika, black pepper, and seasoning salt. Mix until well combined.
  5. Add the 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 both sides of the tomato slice into the egg mixture.
  8. Then dip both sides of the tomato slice into the cornmeal.
  9. Place the tomato slice into the preheated skillet.
  10. Continue the dredging process for all tomato slices: first flour, then egg mixture, then cornmeal.
  11. When the tomato slices in the skillet are golden brown, flip to the other side.
  12. When the tomatoes have browned on both sides, transfer them onto a plate with an absorbent paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  13. Serve with ranch dressing on the side. Enjoy!

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Green tomatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamins A, C, and K.

Green tomatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamins A, C, and K.

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 cooked.

Green tomatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamins A, C and K. They also contain iron, beta-carotene, calcium, dietary fiber, magnesium, and other minerals.

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Further Reading

Dean, Sam. What's the Deal With Fried Green Tomatoes? Bon Appétit. August 19, 2013.

McLaughlin, August. What Are the Benefits of Green Tomatoes? SFGate. November 21, 2018.

9 Ways With Green Tomatoes. Southern Living. June 13, 2011.

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