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Chef John's Fried Green Tomatoes

Rated as 4.72 out of 5 Stars

"Fried green tomatoes are a southern American classic. Such an easy recipe! Serve with a little dollop of spicy remoulade sauce (which is Southern for tartar sauce). Oh yeah."
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50 m servings 514
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place tomato slices onto a rack over a paper towel. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and let slices stand for 15 minutes for the salt to draw out extra juices.
  2. Mix cornmeal and bread crumbs together in a bowl; stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Beat eggs with milk in a separate bowl. Place flour into a third bowl.
  3. Pat tomato slices dry with paper towels. Lay slices, one at a time, into flour; flip to coat both sides and let slices rest in the flour for about 30 seconds. Remove each slice and dip in egg mixture, then into cornmeal mixture, coating both sides of each slice thoroughly. Spread crumbs onto all sides and into tomato crevices with a fork. Rest tomatoes on rack for 10 minutes to let coating set.
  4. Combine sweet pickle relish, mayonnaise, and hot sauce in a small bowl to make the remoulade sauce.
  5. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; heat vegetable oil with butter until butter melts, bubbles, and makes a sizzling sound. Fry tomatoes in the hot butter-oil mixture until tomato slices are slightly soft and coating is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Use a spatula and a fork to flip.
  6. Transfer fried green tomatoes to a serving platter and serve with remoulade sauce.


  • Want a spiced-up version of remoulade sauce? Get the recipe for Chef John's Remoulade 2.0.
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  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 514 calories; 23.2 64.6 11.8 104 1248 Full nutrition

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Did this recipe twice. First time, to me, was 4-star. To make it 5-star, for my family and I, I ditched the cornmeal, subbed buttermilk for the regular milk and doubled it, and used a LOT more...

Most helpful critical review

Always wanted to try since the movie. Maybe just because it's not my thing, but these didn't taste good to me.

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Did this recipe twice. First time, to me, was 4-star. To make it 5-star, for my family and I, I ditched the cornmeal, subbed buttermilk for the regular milk and doubled it, and used a LOT more...

These were the BEST fried green tomatoes that I've ever had! My family loved them. I paired it with Chef Johns crockpot pot roast (made mine in the oven and tweek'd it a bit with beer) with mash...

I have always wanted to try fried greens since the movie came out and finally with the help of Chef John hilarious video I took the leap. I was not expecting much just a novelty food and I was p...

This recipe is excellent! I usually shy away from any vegetable but so very happy I tried these. This is the third time in a month!!! It is a wonderful way to use up those end of the season gr...

These were so easy and delicious, even for a novice like me! I would not change a thing! I followed the directions EXACTLY, setting out the tomatoes to drain, keeping them in the flour for a w...

Do not look any further for another Fried Green Tomato recipe; you will not beat this one. The most novice cook will look like a 5 star chef serving these. Follow Chef John's advice and you wi...

Best fried green tomatoes!!! Really enjoyed the sauce as well. Thanks!

I have wanted to try fried green tomatoes since the movie came out and Jessica Tandy had that heavenly smile when she them. Well Chef John I was not disappointed! These are awesome!!! Followed r...

First time making them. The video was very helpful