Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes |

I’ve been away from my blog for a long time because of some health problems. It wasn’t me, but my husband who wasn’t feeling fine. Thankfully, he’s much better now! This means I have time now to share recipes with you! It was like a pickling season here about a month ago and there were green tomatoes, cucumbers, gherkins, unripe melon, various peppers everywhere at our local bazaar. It’s more fun to do shopping at bazaar this season as it’s more colorful. Also, people at bazaar look like they are working really hard to get prepared for the coming winter.

Fried Green Tomatoes | giverecipe.comGreen tomatoes took my attention first as they reminded me of the movie named “Fried Green Tomatoes”, which was my favorite as a child. Have you watched it? I can’t remember much about the movie, but I have positive feelings whenever I remember this movie. I was so impressed by its name and by the dish those times. I had always wanted to try this non Turkish dish,  somehow I couldn’t. I didn’t want to miss it this season though, so I bought a kilo of green tomatoes just to try once. I didn’t remember how they do this in the movie, so I fried them just like how mom fries cauliflower. The result was awesome! We loved that they were crunchy outside and moist and a bit sourish inside.

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Fried Green Tomatoes
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Serves: 4
  • 4 green tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup corn oil to fry
  1. Put whisked egg in a bowl, panko crumbs in another bowl.
  2. Heat corn oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Dip tomato slices first in the egg mixture, then into panko crumbs and place them in hte hot pan. Fry them until golden on both sides.
  4. Take them on a plate covered with paper towel to remove excessive oil.
  5. Serve with a mixture of strained yogurt, garlic, chopped fresh dill and red pepper flakes.



  1. says

    Wow! What a great-looking picture! I have never bought panko crumbs, but I have eaten things made with them and I like it.

    The way I make fried green tomatoes is to dip in egg or buttermilk and then in a flour, salt, pepper, cornmeal mixture, and fry. You can buy here a :”self-rising cornbread mix” That makes it easy. i usually use the mix (that only requires milk, egg and oil to make cornbread) and add a little extra salt and some red pepper.

    Here in the southern USA, there are different recipes, but cornmeal is a traditional “breading”. Sometimes they are fried in bacon grease (very NON-Turkish!) but I always use a vegetable oil.

    On tip is to drain them on a rack over paper towels. It keeps them a little crisper.

    Dilara loves fried green tomatoes. You can also fry red tomatoes if they are very firm. The tomatoes we have here in the winter are probably suitable for frying.

    Will try your recipe soon! I’ll have to use the “crunchy” red tomatoes, though. Won’t be quite the same taste, but they will probably still be good. Guess I’ll wait till next spring/summer to get the green ones. We had a frost last night and I probably had a few green tomatoes in my garden. I picked all my bell peppers yesterday, though.

    Also, my daughter’s aunt brought me a small box of cezerye! Her family went to Tarsus for a 2 month visit. It is the Ateşler brand, with hazelnuts.I’m going to make “my” recipe of cezerye and compare the two. I think they probably make this is big blocks and then slice it.–that is how it looks, with the way the hazelnuts are sliced and exposed on the surface. My small batches I just kind of roll/spread out. It is so nice to be able to kind of duplicate a “regional specialty” that isn’t available here. I like to think it reminds my daughter’s dad of “home” and also, being able to make a tasty “candy” out of carrots is just wonderful.

    • says

      I love to use cornmeal or panko crumbs on such fried foods. Never thought of frying red tomatoes before. I’m sure they taste as delicious, so I will try it when I have red tomatoes that are firm enough. Also, thanks for the tip about draining them on a rack.
      One of my students from Tarsus brought me a big package of cezerye from Ateşler a few weeks ago. It was scrumptious, but you know what? My favorite is a different brand: Ziya Dede (Grandpa Ziya in English). You should ask for it next time:)

  2. says

    I heard that soaking them in buttermilk first softens them and helps to develop flavor. They look wonderful, beautiful pics.

    • says

      Unfortunately, we don’t have buttermilk here in Turkey and I don’t know if there is a substitute. Thanks anyway for the idea, I’m sure it will be helpful for people in the states.

  3. says

    I was quite surprised to find that I really love fried green tomatoes! (Although I have never seen the movie!) Last year none of my tomatoes ripened. None. So I was forced t use up all my green tomatoes. I love the way your photograph turned out! I need to try your sauce. Your fried tomato looks so crisp and delicious. Wish I had some right now.

    • says

      Isn’t it great to know what to do when a vegetable or fruit doesn’t ripen? I love to dip these fried tomatoes into garlicky yogurt sauce. You should try it!

  4. says

    So sorry to hear that your husband hasn’t been feeling well, but it’s great to hear that he is recovering. I, too, have fallen behind with my blog as well as visiting dear blog friends like you. So, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to take a look at your fried green tomatoes! These look perfect – so crunchy on the outside and I love the quick and easy yogurt sauce. My husband and I used to live in the Southeast US, where you could find fried green tomatoes on most menus. How I miss them; your post brings back lots of wonderful memories!

    Hope your husband continues to feel better! 8-D

    • says

      It’s great to see you after such a long time! Hope everything is Ok with you! You have them at restaurants? Great! Never seen them at a restaurant or cafe here. Glad you loved my version.
      My husband is getting better and better day by day. Thanks a lot for your wishes! You are such a kind friend!

  5. says

    I’m glad to hear your husband is feeling better now. These look gorgeous. I’d love to try them but we hardly ever see green tomatoes around here.

    • says

      Thank you! A friend said that I can fry red tomatoes too if they are firm enough. Maybe you can try it!

  6. says

    Merhaba Zerrin,
    senede bir kere de olsa kızartıp keyifle yerim. Bu sene bahçemin domatesleri ve senin tarifinle deneyeceğim. Domateslerin hikayesini sana sonra yazarım. Çıtır çıtır çok lezzetli görünüyor, ellerine sağlık. Sevgiler:)

    • says

      Kızartma benim de sık yaptığım bir şey değil, ama yeşil domatesler gerçekten çok lezzetli oldu kızartınca. Senin domateslerin hikayesini sabırsızlıkla bekliyorum.

  7. says

    I hope your husband is feeling better and everything is alright! These fried green tomatoes look so good =)

    • says

      He’s recovering and feeling much better. Thanks! You must try these tomatoes with my garlicky yogurt sauce.

  8. Malina says

    Hi Zerrin. If you can’t find buttermilk in Turkey, you can make it by mixing one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice with one cup of regular milk and letting it sit for about 10 minutes until it curdles. It’s especially tasty in bread or cake and is absolutely necessary for biscuits!

  9. says

    I don’t think I have ever tried green tomatoes :) It’s a nice way to prepare them I think.

  10. says

    Im glad to hear your hubs is feeling better again. I haven’t been brave enough to try fried green tomatoes (as I just have gotten to be able to eat a few raw tomatoes – weird I know) but soon! These look stunning and delicious.

    • says

      Thnk you, he is much better now! The common way to eat unripe tomatoes here is to pickle them, just like pickled cucumbers or gherkins. This fried version is new to me too, but I will definitely make it again.

  11. dilek says

    Cok kucukken izledigim bir filmin adiydi kizarmis yesil domatesler ve nasil bir sey acaba diye dusunmustum hep. Demek boyle birseymis, baya lezzetli gorunuyor. Bu siralar yapabilirmiyim bilmiyorum ama ikram edildiginde kesinlikle hayir demeyecegim birsey;)))

    • says

      Dilekcim, ben de işte o filmden yola çıkarak yaptım bunları. Gerçi filmi izleyeli çok uzun zaman oldu, nasıl yapıyorlardı hatırlamıyorum. Ama benim yaptıklarım kesinlikle lezzetli oldu. Senin bu aralar ne kadar yorulduğunu biliyorum, ben senin için yaparım!

  12. says

    So glad your husband is feeling better. Your timing couldn’t be better. Last week my husband was trying to remember how to prepare fried green tomatoes. We love them! I’m bookmarking printing this recipe as I type and it will live in the “go to” file. :-) I also just posted something on green tomatoes. But it’s for a sweet dish if you can believe that: green tomato mince!

  13. dilek says

    Canim leb demeden leblebiyi anlayan insanlari cok severim, hele hamarat olan ve beni davet edenleri daha da cok:) Once siz gelin ben sana size ozel spesyalimi yapiyim burada yayinla sonra ben de onun tadina bakarim,

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