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.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Season tomato slices with salt and pepper.

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

  • Dredge each tomato slice in the flour mixture to coat, dip into the buttermilk, and finish by pressing each side of the tomato into the cornmeal mixture to coat. Lay coated tomato slices onto a baking sheet; rest to let tomatoes absorb flavor of coating, 10 to 15 minutes.

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

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

  • Whisk ranch dressing, cajun seasoning, and hot pepper sauce together in a small bowl; serve with the 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

443.42 calories; 8.16 g protein; 51.7 g carbohydrates; 22.9 g fat; 8.46 mg cholesterol; 1876.62 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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10/01/2014
OMG This was a fantastic recipe the batter stayed on perfectly and the Cajan Ranch Sauce was excellent also! I decided to expermint and used 1 tomatoe that was riper. There is a reason they call it fried green tomatoes as the red one was mushy I sure won't try that again. I have an over abundant supply of tomatoes and decided to try something different. I made the recipe exactly as written. You won't go wrong with this recipe. Loved loved loved it!
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07/21/2018
I made no changes period. The cornmeal crust came out very thick and overpowered the flavor of the tomatoes. It did not fall apart when I bit into it though which was a plus in my book. If I make it again I'll make sure to sprinkle rather than press the cornmeal into the tomato to make that part thinner. Also for my taste I could have sliced them a little thicker. Otherwise for my first attempt I'd say it turned out OK. If you're more experienced with cornmeal deep frying you may have a better experience. Also next time I'll add more spice so that I don't have to use so much dip.:)
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10/01/2014
OMG This was a fantastic recipe the batter stayed on perfectly and the Cajan Ranch Sauce was excellent also! I decided to expermint and used 1 tomatoe that was riper. There is a reason they call it fried green tomatoes as the red one was mushy I sure won't try that again. I have an over abundant supply of tomatoes and decided to try something different. I made the recipe exactly as written. You won't go wrong with this recipe. Loved loved loved it!
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07/11/2015
For those needing "cajun seasoning" for the dipping sauce but don't have it premixed... put together 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper and 1 tablespoon ground black pepper and use 1-2 tablespoons of this in 1/2 cup of Ranch Dressing depending on how spicey you like your dipping sauce. Use caution if you don't like spicey-ness.
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07/24/2015
Just made is for my family and it was a huge hit!! Excellent recipe will definetly make again!
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06/30/2016
You are absolutely correct; this is the BEST fried green tomato recipe. My dad actually licked his fingers. Ha (that's saying a LOT!) I had a freshly picked summer squash on hand - guess what? It was delish made right along with the tomatoes. The dip is spot on as well. I am so happy you took the time to share your recipe. It is now in my recipe binder along with all our other favorites! Than you again for sharing.
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09/29/2016
Perfect Fried Green Tomatoes (aptly named)! I even breaded and fried all the scrap pieces -too good to waste any piece! I used Bolthouse farm Greek yogurt ranch dressing but that was my only concession to healthier eating. I also didn't use a deep fryer just flipped them in oil not floating but they were still amazing. I've tried other recipies but this is the one I saved and will pass on. The ranch dressing mix with spices was the perfect complement! Delicious.
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11/02/2015
First time for me making Fried Green Tomatoes! This recipe had great flavor and ease to make it! Thanks.
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01/16/2018
Hands down the bomb. We grow our own tomatoes each summer and use the recipe again and again. We can't stomach fair fried greens after having these at the house!??
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12/11/2015
Truly the best fried green tomatoes. Thanks for sharing!
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08/01/2016
Best I have ever made. The only spices I used was salt and pepper.
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