Easy Fried Green Tomatoes

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 12, 2023
My grandmother came up with her own version of easy fried green tomatoes years ago. Our family loves it. It's a traditional taste of the South that anyone anywhere can enjoy! —Melanie Chism, Coker, Alabama
Easy Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 medium green tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  1. Slice tomatoes 1/4 in. thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and lemon-pepper seasoning. Let stand 20-25 minutes. Coat with cornmeal. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Fry tomatoes until tender and golden brown, 3-4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

Easy Fried Green Tomatoes Tips

How do you store easy fried green tomatoes?

We recommend eating fried green tomatoes immediately after frying, as that’s when they are going to be the absolute best. However, if you do have some extras, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How can you make the breading stick to the tomatoes better?

Make sure to blot the tomato slices with paper towels before salting and breading to get rid of excess moisture, which will help the cornmeal stick better.

What else can you use to bread the green tomatoes?

You can also use panko bread crumbs if you don’t have cornmeal. Just dip the tomato slices in buttermilk before coating them in the panko bread crumbs to help them adhere better.

What can you eat with these easy fried green tomatoes?

The best dipping sauce and iconic pairing for fried green tomatoes is remoulade. Some other great pairings with this classic Southern recipe are cheesy grits, eggs Benedict (replace the English muffin with the fried green tomatoes) or fried seafood dishes like crab cakes, catfish or popcorn shrimp.

Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer

Nutrition Facts

2 pieces: 166 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 317mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.