Grandma's Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe from 1900's

Updated on December 26, 2016
Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. Cornmeal and flour in a bowl (any brand of yellow corn meal)
  2. Green tomatoes, sliced
  3. Mix 2 eggs in a separate bowl, with a pinch of paprika, 1 pinch black pepper, and 1 pinch of seasoning salt
  4. Skillet with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  5. Set skillet on medium heat
  6. Pat each side of the sliced green tomatoes in flour
  7. Then dip the green tomatoes one at a time into egg batter, then put into cornmeal
  8. Place one tomato each into preheated skillet
  9. When golden brown, flip tomatoes to the other side
  10. When brown on both sides of tomato, place them on paper towel-plate

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 Fried Green Tomatoes myself. She learned this easy recipe as a Southern dish; my grandmother was born in a Southern state called Mississippi. My first time eating Fried Green Tomatoes was a cool experience; they tasted a little sour, warm, crunchy, and yummy.

Fried Green Tomatoes can be made as a main course meal, or a side order dish. If they are made as a main dish, you can sprinkle a little shredded cheese on top of the Fried Green Tomatoes as soon as they are taken out of the hot skillet. And if they are made as a side order dish, you can make your Fried Green Tomatoes as a side order for: chicken, fish, or beef. Fried Green Tomatoes also taste great with a small amount of ranch sauce pour on top.

Cooking Green Tomatoes
Cooking Green Tomatoes

Benefits of Eating Green Tomatoes

They don't only taste yummy, but Fried Green Tomatoes have nutritional benefits. Many people don't eat the green tomato while it is raw; it's much better when green tomatoes are cooked, one reason is because they are hard and can upset your stomach. This is why these particular tomatoes are cooked. Fried Green Tomatoes contain:

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

The antioxidant content in green tomatoes assists with preventing many cancers in the body. The vitamin C content helps with reducing the chances of common colds, sinus problems, rashes, and flu. The beta carotene found in green tomatoes assists with better eye health.

Also the vitamin K in green tomatoes absorbs calcium into the bones, nails, and teeth. And the fiber found in green tomatoes assists the stomach and intestines in decreasing constipation.


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      3 months ago

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

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      Cindy Dungan 

      4 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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      4 months ago

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

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      4 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 

      16 months ago

      I have used this recipe several times - delicious!

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      16 months 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 

      18 months ago

      A pinch of seasoned salt is not enough, underseasoned.

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      Lena Durante 

      21 months 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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      2 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 

      3 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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      6 years ago from Sunny Cali

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

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      Cristale Adams 

      6 years ago from New York

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

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      6 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 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

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

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      6 years ago from America

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


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