Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Basil Dipping Sauce

A short while back I dropped a truly Southern dish of Stewed Tomatoes and Okra onto the blog.  While chatting up a windstorm about my new fangled Southern self, I mentioned an upcoming Fried Green Tomato recipe.  Well get ready, because Southern cooking has never tasted better than these charmers right here.

Ever since attending the Food Blog Forum Conference back in September where I was served a Fried Green Tomato Slider that officially knocked my Northern rooted socks off, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at the little buggers.  The other day while perusing through the spoils of my local farm stand, I finally stumbled upon the fruit that eluded me up to that point in my paltry culinary life – Green Tomatoes.    I promptly snatched up two of the juicy unripe beauties and brought them home.

I proceeded to post a few options for how to cook them up on my facebook page. I had planned to either emulate the slider I so adored or attempt a fried green tomato BLT.  However, one post caught my eye from a reader who said that she liked her fried green tomatoes with a side of, well, fried green tomatoes.  Plain and simple.  And why not.  These show stoppers really don’t need any dressing up.  They’re perfect just as they are.  Serve them with the suggested sauce, or, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, slide them between two slices of bread and create your very own Southern sandwich masterpiece.

Start out by slicing up a couple decent sized green tomatoes.  You’ll want your slices to be about 3/4″ thick.  This way they’ll cook up slightly firm without getting too mushy from the hot oil.

Next up, you’ll want to grab three bowls.  Fill one with a mixture of panko, corn meal, cajun spice, salt and pepper.  Whisk some eggs into the second and add a little flour to the third.

And…. you know the drill.  Dip first in the flour, then the egg, and finally the corn meal mixture.  Place into a pan filled with a little hot oil and cook ’em up.

Once cooked through, pull them out and allow them to drain on a paper towel for a minute or two.

For the sauce, grab up a bowl and add to it a little goat cheese, sour cream, basil, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper.  Yum, yum, and YUM.

Mix it up well and serve along side your finished tomatoes.

And there you have it.  Fried green tomatoes served up just as mama intended.  Plain, simple, delicious.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Total Time: 30 min


For the Tomatoes:

2-3 Green Tomatoes, Sliced (about 10 3/4" slices)
Vegetable Oil for Frying
3/4 Cup Corn Meal
3/4 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Tbsp Cajun Spice
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Flour

For the Sauce:

4 Oz. Goat Cheese
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
5 Basil Leaves, Chopped
1/2 Lemon, Juiced
10-12 Drops Hot Pepper Sauce
1/4 tsp Salt


Slice up the tomatoes into 3/4" rounds.

Grab up three medium sized bowls.

In the first bowl combine the corn meal, panko, cajun, salt, and pepper.

In the second bowl whisk up the eggs.

In the third bowl add the flour.

Fill a large frying pan with about 1/2" of oil and turn the heat up to medium high.

Dip the tomato slices in the flour, then the egg, and finally in the corn meal mixture.

Drop them into the heated oil and cook them for about 2 minutes each, flipping once halfway through.

Pull out and allow to drain on a paper towel.

To make the sauce, mix together the goat cheese, sour cream, chopped basil, lemon juice, pepper sauce, and salt.

Serve a dollop of dipping sauce along side the tomatoes.

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34 Responses to “Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Basil Dipping Sauce”

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    Becki @ Becki's Whole Life — July 7, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I love fried green tomatoes – these look delicious! The sauce sounds wonderful and very different. Goat cheese and basil is a different twist with these and right up my alley!!

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    Faith — July 7, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    I’ve missed you girl! Glad you’re back :). The green tomatoes are to die for. I love your creation. It’s a masterpiece. Great job as usual.

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    Melissa R — July 7, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Yummy looking as always!! Missed you my friend!! I hope y’all had a blast!!

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    Laura in Cancun — July 7, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    That sauce sounds incredible! Bravo :)

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    Jenna — July 7, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Yum! I totally want to make these with/for my friend Carrie. I have a feeling she would love them as much as I would . . . and the sauce sounds scrumptious.

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    Felicia — July 7, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    I can’t wait to try these but I did have a question. The caption with the picture for the sauce mentions sour cream and the picture shows sour cream in the bowl, but there is no sour cream in the recipe portion. Should there be sour cream in it, and if so, how much? I have so enjoyed reading your blog and sharing your recipes with my family. Thank you for sharing.

    • Julie replied: — July 7th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

      Great catch Felicia! Sorry about that. It should be 3/4 cup sour cream. I’ll update the recipe asap.

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    Rita — July 7, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    You sure make the look good Julie! I’ve always wanted to try making these; as soon as our tomatoes grow a bit more I will be trying it for sure; another one I have to pring out; thanks.

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    Mari's Cakes — July 7, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    You did it again!!! I am left mouth watered. I always eat green tomatoes, but I have never thought about frying them… You have convinced me. I believe the goat cheese dip a is a great dipping sauce to serve it with.

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    rebecca — July 7, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    feeling good, a tad sleepy though :-) these look amazing i too adore them :-) hugs

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — July 8, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    You southern girl you. :) These look tasty – I never would have thought I’d want fried green tomatoes, but you’ve convinced me!

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    Maranda — July 8, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    I didn’t think it could get better than fried green tomatoes. Then came a goat cheese basil dipping sauce. I think I fainted actually. Amazing!

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    Sanjeeta kk — July 9, 2011 @ 1:46 am

    Awee…looking at the first click, I would never had imagine these are tomatoes!! You are so inventive and creative cook, Julie. Love these fritters.

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    Shelby — July 9, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    In my opinion – this is just perfect…I love the perfect crust you have on each tomato. Makes me want them for breakfast!

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    anne Alesauskas — July 9, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    oh my, i’ve never had fried green tomatoes, but now i want to!!!

    on another note, how are you liking wordpress? i’m thinking of switching

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 9, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    I think I need to channel my inner southern girl and try to make some fried green tomatoes! That sauce sounds divine.

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    Monet — July 10, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    How perfect. Ryan was just telling me how much he wanted to make these. We’ve never tried before, and now I have a perfect recipe to use. Thank you for sharing this with me today. I hope you have a blessed week with good food, laughter and love. Hugs from Austin!

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    Georgia Pellegrini — July 10, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Thank you so much for reminding me that green tomato season has officially started!

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    Maria — July 10, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    LOVE the dipping sauce!

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    Dmarie — July 10, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    okay, I wasn’t hungry ’til NOW. what fabulous looking fried green tomatoes and the sauce sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

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    Mireya Merritt — July 11, 2011 @ 3:10 am

    Thanks for reminding me how much I love fried green tomatoes!

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    Anna — July 11, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    Perfect timing, a bunch of us were discussing what actually one was to do with green tomatoes and was it actually a dish frying them? If it was, what the heck was one to do? So this is fabulous. Cant wait to cook them for the gang. The inner Southern in me shall come on out. :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 11, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    This looks fantastic! I could eat that all day long.

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — July 12, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    These look wonderful! I was just thinking about fried green tomatoes today as I was checking out the budding little tomatoes in my garden and wondering whether I could stand waiting till they fully ripened before plucking one off the vine. :-)

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    Juliana — July 12, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Wow Julie, these fried green tomatoes look delicious, specially with the sauce.
    Hope you are having a great week :-)

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    Kristin — July 12, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    These look amazing! I love your photos!

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    Ma What's For Dinner — July 13, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    They look perfect! I’ve never actually tried these. That’s going to have to change!

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    grace — July 15, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    hooray for a little southern soul food action! you’ve really amped it up with that sauce, too–nice touch!

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    Miranda — July 17, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Fried green tomatoes and goat cheese = perfect!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 20, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Everything about this looks delicious! everything!

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    Holly L — July 27, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Goat cheese basil and then fried and then tomatoes…yum! I have never tried a fried green tomato – when I get the chance I will.

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    Shannon — August 2, 2011 @ 3:50 pm


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    Matthew "mmWine" Horbund — August 9, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    I’ve always wanted to make fried green toms. And Goat cheese is a fav. MUST TRY!

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    My Thirty Spot — August 30, 2011 @ 3:21 am

    Love that you have a vegetarian section. These fried green tomatoes look heavenly!

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