Shortcut Fried Green Tomatoes

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Last weekend at the market my daughters and I were picking through the lovely stock of red tomatoes when my 9-year-old saw the green ones and begged me to make fried green tomatoes. Okay, twist my arm. :) I came up with a quick way to cook these on the stovetop for a tasty snack ... and included a yummy dipping sauce!
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Shortcut Fried Green Tomatoes on 100 Days of Real Food

In the world of food, few things make me happier than the start of tomato season! Thanks to a greenhouse grower here in North Carolina, we’re lucky enough to start seeing locally grown tomatoes at our farmers’ market as early as April and sometimes even March (depending on the season). Granted, you have to set your alarm to get in line early, but it’s oh. so. worth. it!

Many Fried Green Tomato recipes involve lots of steps, including a milk bath and adding seasonings and regular flour to your corn meal. I’m sure they all taste fabulous, but my goal in the kitchen is almost always quick and easy (and tasting great, of course!). So I literally just coat my sliced green tomatoes in corn meal and fry them up in a cast iron skillet for the quickest and easiest of all Fried Green Tomato recipes. Then I whip together a 3-ingredient sauce, and let me tell you what – they are gone in no time. If you’ve never tried this southern delicacy, you are definitely missing out! Better late than never, though. So get cooking. :)

Shortcut Fried Green Tomatoes on 100 Days of Real Food

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18 thoughts on “Shortcut Fried Green Tomatoes”

  1. Not a huge fan of fried green tomatoes, but this is the way to do them. Even the dipping sauce was tasty!

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds perfect, I use same recipe except soometimes I add in cayenne and turmeric. But MUST try the dipping sauce. Sounds like a perfect compliment.

  3. and even quicker, fry in coconut oil, and add salt and pepper for seasoning, no flour or cornmeal needed. Though I might need to do cornmeal and sour cream soon!

  4. This looks good and I’ll give it a try when ours start to come in. Could this be done for eggplant? We planted some in our garden this year for the first time, so I’m looking for ideas.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. We’ve not tried this with eggplant. Let us know how it turns out!

  5. Oh, yum!! Do they sell tomatoes green at the grocery store? We are undergoing a huge garden remodel right now and I am getting a late start getting my tomato plants in, but I’d love to try this recipe soon!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      They do but they are best when you get fresh from the a farmer’s market. :)

  6. I’ve always made my FGTs the same way. And I’m looking forward to trying your sauce. But you know what else makes a nice combination? Peach and Pepper jelly. Which is great because I love Peach and Pepper jelly and I haven’t found many other uses for it,,,,

  7. Kimberly Beasley

    My favorite fried green tomatoes are still the way I grew up eating them. Not fully green…a little orange to make them sweeter. In a bowl you put flour, salt and pepper and mix. Coat the tomato slices and fry in butter or oil. More delicious than any others I’ve ever had!

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