Perfect Fried Green Tomatoes


I have been making fried green tomatoes for over 35 years, taught by my Southern grandmother. Over the years I have tried and made fried green tomato recipes and this one is perfect. The Cajun-ranch sauce goes perfectly with these crispy on the outside but smooth and creamy on the inside tomatoes.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


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

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, divided

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups canola oil, or as needed

Cajun Ranch Sauce:

  • ½ cup ranch dressing

  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce


  1. Season tomato slices with salt and pepper.

  2. Combine flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a shallow bowl. Pour buttermilk into a second shallow bowl. Mix cornmeal, parsley, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and cayenne pepper in a third shallow bowl.

  3. Dredge each tomato slice in flour mixture to coat, dip into buttermilk, and finish by pressing both sides of tomato into cornmeal mixture to coat. Lay coated tomato slices on a baking sheet; set aside to let tomatoes absorb the coating, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Gently drop tomato slices into hot oil and cook until golden brown and floating, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

  6. Whisk ranch dressing, Cajun seasoning, and hot pepper sauce together in a small bowl; serve with fried tomato slices.

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

443 Calories
23g Fat
52g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 1877mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 26mg 129%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 421mg 9%

* 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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