Mawmaw's Simple Fried Green Tomatoes


My grandmother's vegan fried green tomatoes were famous in our community. The recipe is so simple, but the results are delicious!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 quart ice water, or as needed

  • 4 firm green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 1 cup canola oil, or as needed

  • 2 cups self-rising cornmeal

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • salt to taste


  1. Pour ice water into a large bowl and add tomatoes; soak for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1/2 inch oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

  3. Combine cornmeal and flour in a medium bowl. Remove tomatoes from ice water, one at a time, and coat lightly in cornmeal mixture; shake off any excess.

  4. Working in batches, cook coated tomatoes in hot oil until edges are golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to remove tomatoes to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle lightly with salt and serve hot.

Editor's Notes:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
4g Fat
54g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 213mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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