Fried Green Tomatoes
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-5

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups fine-ground white or yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 medium green tomatoes, cored and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1½ – 2 cups peanut or safflower oil (for frying)
  • salt & pepper to taste

  1. Measure 1 cup of the flour into a large shallow dish.
  2. Measure the remaining 1½ cups flour, cornmeal, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and cayenne into a second large shallow dish.
  3. Beat the egg, buttermilk, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour enough oil into a 12-inch skillet to measure ⅓ inch depth.
  5. Heat the oil to approx 350 degrees (a few minutes) while prepping tomatoes.
  6. Several slices at a time, drop the tomatoes into the flour & shake the excess.
  7. Using tongs, dip the tomatoes into the buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip off.
  8. Coat the tomato slices with the seasoned flour-cornmeal mixture, shaking off any excess, & place in a single layer into the hot oil and fry 2 to 2½ minutes each side. Transfer to paper towels to drain off excess oil & serve.