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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 new twist on a classic Southern dish. 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. Panko isn’t traditional.. but I would choose this way over the cornmeal or flour version any time.

The panko breadcrumbs add a wonderful crunch to the fried green tomatoes, making them irresistibly good. You can use seasoned panko or plain panko and add your own seasonings such as garlic powder, onion powder, any spices you like or Parmesan cheese. It will add a savory kick that complements the tartness of the green tomatoes perfectly.

To start, I gathered some firm green tomatoes from my garden and sliced them into thick rounds. I then seasoned them with salt and pepper before dredging them in flour, then dipping them in beaten eggs, and finally coating them in a mixture of seasoned panko breadcrumbs. These are so simple to make, just heat oil in a skillet until it is hot, then carefully added the tomato slices in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. I fried them for a few minutes on each side until they were golden brown and crispy.

*** A FRIED TOMATO SANDWICH is incredible. Oh my goodness type of delicious ! You have to try them as a sandwich – it’s mind-blowing! This is one of my absolute favorite things to eat. Whether on plain white bread with mayo or toasted white bread with mayo, the texture is just incredible. I can’t pick which one I like more; they both offer a unique experience. For a twist, swap out a regular tomato for a fried green tomato on your favorite sandwich – it’s ridiculously delicious!

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.

stack of fried green tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes with a Crunchy Panko Coating


Green tomatoes + 3 ingredients – Flour, Egg, Panko

Fried Green Tomatoes


  • 4-5 medium-sized green tomatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.5 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh herbs or parmesan for garnish optional


  • Slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  • Place the flour in a ziplock bag or bowl, and the panko breadcrumbs in a separate ziplock bag or plate.
  • Dip each tomato slice into the flour to coat, then dip into the egg mixture, and finally dredge in the panko breadcrumbs to completely coat.
  • In a large skillet, pour enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Place the coated tomato slices into the frying pan in small batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry the tomatoes for about 1 minute on each side, or until they are golden brown and crisp.
  • Remove the fried tomatoes from the pan and place them on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Serve hot as a delicious appetizer or side dish or on a sandwich. Enjoy!


use seasoned panko or plain panko and add your own seasonings
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I serve the fried green tomatoes hot out of the skillet, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and/or parmesan cheese. The combination of flavors and textures is simply divine, and I can’t get enough of these delicious bites. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional cornmeal-coated fried green tomatoes or looking to try something new, I highly recommend giving this panko-coated version a try. It’s a simple yet flavorful dish that is sure to impress your family and friends. Enjoy!

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