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How about smoking these fried green tomatoes before dropping them in the fryer! Yeah, I did that, cause it's a new day!

These are slightly tender in the center with an amazing crunchy exterior. They are seasoned to perfection and make for a great appetizer at a party. People will be talking about it!

Fried green tomatoes are right there almost with collard greens as one of those soul food staples. Pretty much every Southern household has a recipe.

fried green tomatoes on a white plate

This is a simple tweak on a Southern classic that pays big dividends. The smoke flavor is subtle, but present and along with the light crunchy crust separates this fried green tomatoes recipe from others.

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Whenever I come across green tomatoes, I grab 'em, no hesitation! The love is real and intense.

Fried Green Tomatoes Ingredients

Fried Green Tomato Ingredients
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Corn Meal
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder

How to Fry Green Tomatoes (Step by Step)

Step 1: Salt the tomatoes if they're somewhat ripe to draw out some of the moisture. Let sit 15-30 minutes. If unripe, fully green skip this step

salted tomatoes

Step 2: smoke tomatoes at 225 degrees for 10-15 minutes

tomatoes on a grill

Step 3: dredge the tomatoes in the flour mixed with ⅓ of the seasoning mix

floured tomatoes on a tray

Step 4: dip in tomatoes in egg wash (beaten eggs + buttermilk) and then coat with cornmeal

tomatoes coated with corn meal on a tray

Step 5: Place tomatoes in fryer at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes. let rest and season

fried green tomatoes on a tray

Serving Suggestions

I like to season these with the remaining spice mix then top them with a roasted red pepper sauce as an appetizer to go along with a few other Southern classics like pork neck bones and collard greens. Also, consider any of these popular soul food meat dishes.

If you're in full fry mode then add either this vegan fried chicken sandwich or this jerk fried chicken.

Add a salad like this cherry tomato and basil salad to round things out.

Expert Tips for frying tomatoes

  • Choose firm, unripe tomatoes
  • Tomatoes cut too thin will end up soggy, so cut them slightly thick (½ inch)
  • If the tomatoes aren't unripe, fully green then salt them first to draw out some of the water
  • Season at all levels (dredge, egg wash, and finished tomatoes)
  • Soak the tomatoes in the egg wash until almost saturated for a good coating
  • Fry a few at a time to avoid crowding
  • Remove from the fryer/skillet when the coating starts to turn a golden brown.
fried green tomatoes on a white plate

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are fried green tomatoes made with tomatillos?

Though that wouldn't be a bad idea, recipes for fried green tomatoes are typically unripe green tomatoes.

How long should I smoke the tomatoes for?

This is not a long smoke. You should need no more than 15 minutes, which is long enough for the tomatoes to absorb some of the smoke. You don't want to really "cook" them as the texture will start to break down.

Can You fry green tomatoes in an air fryer?

Sure you can, however the challenge will be getting the crust you want. Bread crumbs will be your best bet.

For similar appetizers you might dig, check out these:

Avocado Salad Cuban Style

Grilled Piri Piri Shrimp

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Tomato Galette

Ceviche

Fried Lobster Tails

Air Fryer Wings

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fried green tomatoes on a white plate

Smoked and Fried Green Tomatoes

Smoked green tomatoes that are fried to light crisp.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: southern
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Equipment

  • Smoker

Ingredients

  • 3 medium green tomatoes sliced into ¼-1/2 inch slices
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 1 ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Instructions

Prep Tomatoes

  • Slice tomatoes into ½-inch thick rounds.
  • Preheat smoker and smoke the tomatoes indirectly at no more than 225 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool.

For the coating:

  • Mix together all the spices and set aside
  • Whisk egg and buttermilk together in a shallow bowl. Add about a third of the spice mix?Add flour into medium bowl or plate. Mix in another third of spice mix.
  • In a separate bowl add the cornmeal

Bread the Tomatoes:

  • One at a time dredge tomato slice in plain flour, shaking off any excess;
  • Dip tomatoes in egg wash
  • Dredge in cornmeal until evenly coated and transfer to wire rack lined tray. Repeat with remaining tomato slices.

Fry the Tomatoes:

  • Heat fryer to oiled filled skillet to 350 degrees F
  • Place tomatoes in fryer and cook 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
  • Transfer back to wire rack lined baking tray/sheet

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Notes

  • Choose firm, unripe tomatoes
  • Tomatoes cut too thin will end up soggy, so cut them slightly thick (½ inch)
  • If the tomatoes aren't unripe, fully green then salt them first to draw out some of the water 
  • Season at all levels (dredge, egg wash, and finished tomatoes)
  • Soak the tomatoes in the egg wash until almost saturated for a good coating
  • Fry a few at a time to avoid crowding
  • Remove from the fryer/skillet when the coating starts to turn a golden brown. 

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2163IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg
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Recipe Rating




Enriqueta E Lemoine

Sunday 27th of June 2021

Best green fried tomatoes ever! The smoking thing makes a huge difference. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kate

Sunday 27th of June 2021

What an amazing way to put green tomatoes to good use. Wonderful recipe, I can't wait to make these!

Loreto and Nicoletta

Sunday 27th of June 2021

I remember being introduced to fried green tomatoes and really falling in love. Great tips on doing these right!Love that you used corn meal and also the buttermilk is great. I have to make these again soon. I bet they are crispy and so juicy inside, total yum factor!

Heidy

Sunday 27th of June 2021

These smoked fried tomatoes made for a great side to our meal that everyone enjoyed. I loved the textures and flavors and will be making this again! Have a great day!

Marie

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Smoking the tomatoes is so creative! What a delicious spin on this classic dish! The smoke, juice, and crunch combination of flavors and texture sounds absolutely addictive.