Fried Green Tomatoes are a Southern American delicacy, and their crispy, tangy flavour is sure to delight your taste buds. Whether served as an appetizer, a side dish, or a unique addition to a sandwich or burger, these fried tomatoes are a delightful treat that everyone will enjoy!
- 4 green tomatoes, firm and unripe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for added heat)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
- 1 cup cornmeal or breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Slice the Green Tomatoes: Cut the green tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices. Remove any stems or tough cores.
- Prepare the Dredging Station: In three separate shallow dishes, set up the dredging station. In the first dish, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper. In the second dish, beat the eggs with the buttermilk. Place the cornmeal or breadcrumbs in the third dish.
- Dredge the Tomato Slices: Working one slice at a time, coat each tomato slice in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Next, dip it into the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Finally, coat the tomato slice in the cornmeal or breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere the coating.
- Heat the Oil: In a large skillet or frying pan, heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches around 175°C. To test if the oil is ready, drop a small piece of bread into the oil; if it sizzles and turns golden brown, the oil is hot enough.
- Fry the Tomato Slices: Carefully place the coated tomato slices into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the tomatoes for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried tomatoes from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
- Serve and Enjoy: Serve the Fried Green Tomatoes while they’re still warm and crispy. They are delicious on their own or with a side of remoulade sauce, ranch dressing, or a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for added flavour.