Fried Green Tomatoes, Tennessee Style

"Since I'm from Tennessee and since I love green tomatoes that's how the recipe got it's name. If you want to change the amounts of the seasonings, go right ahead. When turning over, use a pancake turner so coating won't come off. Submitted to "ZAAR" on August 5th, 2007."
photo by Caroline Cooks photo by Caroline Cooks
photo by Caroline Cooks
photo by Chef shapeweaver photo by Chef shapeweaver
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6 slices




  • In a medium bowl, add tomato slices and coat with buttermilk; chill for 20 minutes.
  • While tomatoes are soaking, mix together coating ingredients in another medium size bowl.
  • Remove tomatoes from buttermilk--do not throw away buttermilk.
  • Coat each tomato slice in coating mixture; set aside.
  • Now in remaining buttermilk mixture add egg; beat well.
  • Return each coated tomato to buttermilk, making sure each side is well coated.
  • Return to coating mix one more time coating both sides.
  • In a medium size skillet over medium high, heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil till hot but not smoking.
  • Fry on both sides until coating is golden brown.

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  1. zephanie
    This was a great way to fry the tomatoes...breading twice is what really does the trick. I also loved the marinating in the milk for the first wash, and then adding the egg so as not to make another bowl dirty or waste more than necessary. I added hot sauce right before I mixed in the egg for an extra kick and also added garlic powder and salt to the breading mix. (but I also used AP flour instead of self-rising) And don't forget to salt them after you fry!
  2. tajgood1
    I had never tried Fried Green Tomatoes before, and I usually do not have good luck with breading and frying anything. But I had a few green roma tomatoes that had fallen off the vine, so I thought I would give it a try. Since I'm from Indiana, and Tennessee is so close, I thought I would try my "neighbor's" recipe. Wow! It was fantastic and worked perfectly. I think the double coating really did the trick. I sliced the Romas lengthwise and they were smaller pieces than probably the regular tomatoes, but a tasty treat. I can't wait for more green tomatoes to make more. Thanks for sharing!
  3. Caroline Cooks
    Really good, SW...I'm outta practice making them, cuz some of my coating slid off. Nevertheless, delicous recipe. Sorry the photo is not as good as yours, but posted anyway to showcase the recipe again in New Photos. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe!
  4. GreenEyedLS
    These were AMAZING! I have tried a few recipes for fried green tomatoes, and this is the only one that even comes close to the ones I used to get in Georgia. The double coating was easy, thick, and stayed on perfectly. I added some lemon-pepper seasoning and garlic powder to taste. Served with Buttermilk Ranch dressing. This ones a keeper! Thanks!
  5. Porfavorcorona
    Terrific, great, fantastic and delicious!!!!There are a lot of good recipes for fried green tomatoes, but this one has to rank way, way up there among the very best. Flavor is wonderful. Thanks for a great recipe.


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