This recipe comes from my mom and they are, hands down, the best fried green tomatoes. She makes these every summer with fresh tomatoes from her garden. My sister begs her to make them for her as soon as she sees tomatoes growing big and green on the vines. While most recipes call for breadcrumbs and oil, this one calls for flour and has you fry the tomatoes in butter, which helps give these an incredible flavor.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Season each tomato slice with sugar, salt, and pepper.

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  • Beat milk and eggs together in a bowl. Pour flour into another bowl.

  • Gently press each tomato slice into flour to coat; shake off the excess flour. Dip tomato slices into egg mixture, then press again into flour. Place breaded tomato slices onto a plate while breading the rest; do not stack.

  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large pan over medium heat. Place tomato slices in melted butter and cook until golden brown on one side, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. Add more butter as need while frying.

Editor's Note:

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

621 calories; protein 9.8g 20% DV; carbohydrates 36.2g 12% DV; fat 49.7g 76% DV; cholesterol 217.5mg 73% DV; sodium 677.7mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2014
I have never been particularly impressed by fried green tomatoes, but I had some green tomatoes left over from my garden after a hard frost and hated to waste them. I found this recipe to be fantastic. My only concern was that duplicating it as written would have produced a dish with far more saturated fat than I was willing to accept (one serving of this side dish would have meant ingesting 50% more than the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat from the American Heart Association, even for healthy adults without heart problems). I realize that this is not a diet dish, but a simple substitution resulted in 1/3 of the saturated fat, 1/2 the cholesterol, and still delicious flavor. I substituted a 50-50 blend of olive oil and Smart Balance Buttery Spread with flaxseed oil, along with a cut from two eggs to one, resulting in a heart-healthy recipe without any apparent loss of flavor. I don't want to sound like a food Nazi, but there simply is no reason to cook the tomatoes in a cup of butter when there are much more healthful alternatives that do not mean giving up anything! This recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/05/2015
Overall good recipe. I would have added more salt suger and pepper just for more flavor. I made 2 batches. 1st fried in butter. And 2nd in coconut oil which made if much lighter and tasted the tomato much more. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2014
I have never been particularly impressed by fried green tomatoes, but I had some green tomatoes left over from my garden after a hard frost and hated to waste them. I found this recipe to be fantastic. My only concern was that duplicating it as written would have produced a dish with far more saturated fat than I was willing to accept (one serving of this side dish would have meant ingesting 50% more than the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat from the American Heart Association, even for healthy adults without heart problems). I realize that this is not a diet dish, but a simple substitution resulted in 1/3 of the saturated fat, 1/2 the cholesterol, and still delicious flavor. I substituted a 50-50 blend of olive oil and Smart Balance Buttery Spread with flaxseed oil, along with a cut from two eggs to one, resulting in a heart-healthy recipe without any apparent loss of flavor. I don't want to sound like a food Nazi, but there simply is no reason to cook the tomatoes in a cup of butter when there are much more healthful alternatives that do not mean giving up anything! This recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2013
NICE! This is a very nice recipe for fried green tomatoes. I mixed the sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl then seasoned the tomatoes. I would have liked to have seen the flour stick better to the tomatoes but it could have been the type tomato I used had a smoother skin. This makes a nice side vegetable for seafood. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Brandilynn7! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2014
Wow- these are delicious! I left out the sugar, and subbed in 1/4 cup of cornmeal for the flour to give it some crunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2016
This is an excellent recipe and definitely a keeper. The tomatoes are tangy crunchy and slightly sweet from the sugar. I've been adding sugar (I normally use brown sugar instead of white) to my fried green tomatoes for years and was excited to find a recipe that had sugar in the ingredient list. However I traditionally use bread crumbs (regular or Panko whichever I have on hand) or flour and cornmeal. This time I decided to deviate from my normal pattern and use the flour with the egg/milk mixture this recipe calls for and I'm glad I did. The texture of the tomatoes is completely different and since you're using just plain flour instead of seasoned bread crumbs you're not masking the flavor of the tomatoes. This was full-fledged pure tomato flavor. And they were delicious. I had to take a photo and post it because my tomatoes came out looking almost exactly like the tomatoes in the original photo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2015
Oh my gosh! I made this exactly as written and it is so good. I wouldn't change a thing. I was looking for something like my Mom's. This is it! Thank you!! Can't wait to make it again. P.S. my name is Karen - so this recipe was meant to be. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2014
Delicious! Just made these. I never used the sugar before but it was delicious and I think it complimented the tartness of the tomatoes. In fact it tasted almost like a green apple! I used half-half butter and coconut oil. The coconut oil I think contributed to the added flavor. I will make these again! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2015
Oh Wow! Really good recipe! The only thing i added was some old bay for some kick and crushed sunflower seeds into the flour mixture for some crunch! Im sure the secret is the double dip:) 5 stars all the way!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/04/2015
Overall good recipe. I would have added more salt suger and pepper just for more flavor. I made 2 batches. 1st fried in butter. And 2nd in coconut oil which made if much lighter and tasted the tomato much more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2017
I had only three medium sized tomatoes. I used one egg and about 1/2 cup of milk. One cup of flour. Did not use sugar. I seasoned the tomatoes with Jane's Salt and ground pepper. Followed recipe but let the tomatoes sit after dipping in egg and flour for about 15 to 20 mins while waiting on the rest of my dinner to cook. Worked out well did not get soggy all. Fried in 1/2 butter and 1/2 coconut oil. Delish. Will be making this again. Read More
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