15 Clever Ways to Use Up Unripe Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich cut in half

Every tomato grower faces this dilemma eventually — what to do with the tomatoes that are still hard and green at the end of the growing season. But instead of tossing them out with the garden waste, use them up in these top-rated recipes that call specifically for the firm texture and tart flavor that green tomatoes bring to the mix. You'll never again feel regret that you had too many tomatoes and not enough summer.

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Green Tomato Relish

Green Tomato Relish in mason jars

"Yesterday I removed my vegetable plants and had loads of green tomatoes. I decided to look for a way to use them and chose this recipe. Wow! Delicious," says reviewer JILL M. The recipe includes instructions for canning, but if you've never canned before or want to brush up on your skills, here's a how-to on water-bath canning.

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Perfect Fried Green Tomatoes

fried green tomatoes with dipping sauce

"I have been making fried green tomatoes for over 35 years, taught by my grandmother who is from down south. Over the years I have tried and made fried green tomato recipes and this is the one that is perfect. Cajun ranch sauce goes perfect with this crispy on the outside but smooth and creamy on the inside tomato." —Crystal Bodyroc McGlown

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Mediterranean Lamb Burgers

Mediterranean Lamb Burgers with potato wedges and a side of sauce

No need to fry these green tomato slices. Just layer them up on crusty ciabatta bread with lamb patties, feta cheese, and a lemon/garlic yogurt sauce. Home cook BusySpoons says, "These lamb burgers are the perfect combination of easy-with-wow factor and great for a group."

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Fried Green Tomato Parmesan

Fried Green Tomato Parmesan in a white dish
Soup Loving Nicole

Thick slices of green tomato take over for eggplant in this hearty autumn dinner. Home cook Tina says, "I made this last night for dinner because it's fall in Seattle and I had some green tomatoes from off the vine. I used cornmeal with bread crumbs and flour first then pan fried to make sure they were crispy. Then layered all and baked. Used more Parmesan cheese on top and served over thin spaghetti with chicken on the side and it was awesome!"

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Mexina Salsa Verde

Mexina Salsa Verde in a blue bowl

Even after summer cools down, this recipe brings the heat. Green tomatoes get simmered with jalapeño chiles, onion, lime juice, and cilantro to make a salsa you'll want on everything. Home cook MBKRH says, "Wow, boiling the tomatoes and jalapeños really brings out the flavor! I can't believe how good this tastes."

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Green Tomato and Bacon Soup

Green Tomato and Bacon Soup in a green mini cocette
Soup Loving Nicole

Sound odd to you? Home cook sleighbells took a chance on it and says, "First time making soup with green tomatoes. Followed directions as stated. My whole family loved it!"

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Green Tomato Pie

Green Tomato Pie III

No, really. Everyone's going to think it's apple pie. Home cook carymolyneux raves, "This was absolutely stunning. I would never imagined that green tomatoes could taste like this. Next time I will use a little less nutmeg, maybe half, but other than that, it was an incredible pie. My guests will never guess that it could come from green tomatoes. This will become a fall tradition in our home."

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Green Tomato Bread

Two loaves of Green Tomato Bread

This 5-star recipe proves that zucchini's not the only garden veg you can bake into bread. And just like with any quick bread recipe, you can easily turn it into muffins. "This was so good. I did one loaf, and a bunch of muffins. I cooked the muffins for 26 minutes," says Sally Sinn.

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Ali's Green Sauce

Ali's Green Sauce in glass bowl

Green tomatoes are simmered with tomatillos, garlic, and jalapeño, then blended with avocados, sour cream and cilantro to make a cool, creamy dip to serve with chips.

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Chow Chow I

Chow Chow I
Mary Lou

Sugar and a mixture of spices give green tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers a unique flavor. "In the South, it's traditionally eaten with beans and cornbread," says Debbie Frye.

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Tomato Tomatillo Chutney - 'Tom Tom'

Tomato Tomatillo Chutney - 'Tom Tom' in a bowl

Green tomatoes, tomatillos, golden raisins, and chopped onions form the base of this delicious chutney. "My family loved this, and I am making my second batch as I type. The taste was less relishy than tomato relish. A sweet-tart relish," says Tania Rangi-Thompson.

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Green and Red Tomato and Corn Soup

Green and Red Tomato and Corn Soup in a white bowl
Liz Dalton 'Lizzie'

"This unique light soup utilizes end-of-summer veggies. I love it with a few slices of a hearty whole-wheat sourdough bread spread with fresh goat cheese," Lalena says.

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Tilapia with Green Tomato Tapenade

Tilapia with Green Tomato Tapenade

"The tapenade is great in pasta, served as an appetizer on bread rounds, or over another mild fish or thin chicken breast. It's a great way to use up your green tomatoes at the end of the season. You can also make a big batch and freeze it. It is a nice taste of late summer when it's cold out." —mommy gourmet

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Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich cut in half

"My favorite way to eat fried green tomatoes! They're layered with red tomatoes and pepper Jack cheese between two slices of bread, and then grilled to ooey-gooey, cheesy, crunchy perfection." —JUMAHA

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Green Tomato Soup

Green Tomato Soup in a white floral bowl
Cliff G

Now for a creamy, smooth soup. "Green tomatoes, scallions, instant potato flakes, cream, Chardonnay, and spices combine for a delicious soup you can garnish with crumbled bacon and sour cream," says Cliff G.

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