Zesty Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
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Zesty Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

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You don't have to be from the South to savor this traditional treat-a wonderful way to use up unripened fall tomatoes. We start our tomato plants in early spring so we can enjoy their bounty as long as possible.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 medium green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • Salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil

Nutritional Facts

3 slice: 213 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein


  1. Sprinkle both sides of tomatoes with salt; let stand for 10 minutes. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs. In another shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, cheese, flour and seasonings. Pat tomatoes dry. Dip in eggs, then coat with cornmeal mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Fry tomatoes, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown, adding more oil as needed. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Fried Green Tomatoes in Country Woman September/October 2004, p31

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"I prefer without the ingredients that make it zesty! I only include the garlic salt, not other 3 spices."

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