Nonny’s Favorite Holiday Recipes – Fried Green Tomatoes

As days are getting cooler, I begin to want to use the last of the green tomatoes which are growing right outside my kitchen door. But, if you haven’t grown them yourself, you may have a neighbor who has some and would be happy to share. Or check out your food market.

My children loved Fried Green Tomatoes when they were young. And, believe it or not, we counted how many went on each plate so this delicacy would be evenly distributed!

How I made them then for my children and how I make them now for my grandchildren has not changed. No ingredient measurements are listed as it just depends on how many green tomatoes you have and want to fix.


  •      green tomatoes sliced about ¼ inch in thickness
  •      an egg (or more) well beaten with a fork
  •      flour with salt and pepper to taste, or a seasoned flour such as Kentucky Kernel Flour
  •      vegetable oil for frying
  •      a little butter or margarine to add right at the end of frying for extra flavor


  1. Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil to a skillet over medium heat.
  2. While skillet and oil are getting hot, dip tomato slices in the beaten egg, and then dredge them in a shallow plate of seasoned flour.
  3. Place tomato slices individually in the hot skillet, without over-lapping. Turn slices with a fork several times as slices soften, adding more vegetable oil as needed.
  4. When slices are soft on the inside and crisp on the outside, add a little butter or margarine for extra flavor. Butter blackens if you add it too soon.
  5. Remove tomatoes from skillet onto a plate lined with a couple of paper towels to drain for 2-3 minutes. Then place the Fried Green Tomatoes on a serving dish and serve immediately.

Nonny’s Favorite Holiday (Or Any Day) Recipes:
Southern Style Fried Green Tomatoes
Connie Carlisle Polley, 2022

One thought on “Nonny’s Favorite Holiday Recipes – Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. Nolan Polley says:

    In your directions you forgot to say carefully count the total number so that they are divided evenly. Fried green tomatoes were the ONLY tomatoes I got from my garden this year. The bunnies would eat them as soon as they started to turn red.


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