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The Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Crisp and tangy, fried green tomatoes are the ultimate Southern comfort food .. 

These are one of my favorites.  I LOVE Fried green tomatoes.. A southern classic.  But this fried green tomato has a modern twist, Panko.

Panko is a japanese breadcrumb that gets really crispy when fried or baked.  I absolutely love the crunchiness the panko gives to these tomatoes.

As a southern gal, my grandmother, who was a fabulous cook would be turning in her grave knowing I wasn’t using cornmeal. But I know she would change her mind with one bite…

Panko isn’t traditional.. but I would choose this way over the cornmeal or flour version any time.

fried green tomatoes

“I don’t like fried green tomato” people like these.. and the people that do like fried green tomatoes say these are some of the best they have ever had.  Give the panko a try and let me know what you think.

I personally fry mine in Olive oil because it’s so healthy.  But feel free to use vegetable oil.  Start with firm, tart green tomatoes.

stack of fried green tomatoes


Green tomatoes + 3 ingredients – Flour, Egg, Panko

Fried Green Tomatoes


  • 4 green tomatoes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups panko
  • Oil for frying


  1. Slice tomatoes 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Whisk eggs together in a medium-size bowl. Scoop flour into a ziplock bag or plate. Place panko into a separate ziplock bag or plate. Dip tomatoes into flour to coat. Then dip the tomatoes into egg mixture. Dredge in panko to completely coat.
  3. In a large skillet, pour oil (enough to cover the bottom of a pan) and heat over a medium heat. Place tomatoes into the frying pan in batches of 4. Brown tomatoes 1 min on each side. Drain them on paper towels.

For a real treat… Try a fried green tomato in place of a regular tomato on a sandwich..  RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS!!!

fried green tomato stack vertical


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  • megan - February 21, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    These look great! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - September 2, 2014 - 12:40 am

    These are soooo good! I did them gluten free with gf all purpose flour and gf panko!!! Yum!ReplyCancel

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