Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. And I really, really love fried green tomatoes. Think Cathy Bates and Idgie in the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Yea, if I could spend an afternoon at the Whistle Stop Café I would be in heaven. IF you’ve never made these, you should. Just be prepared to have a slight grease fire in your kitchen because if you cook like me, well, you might have a tendency to space out a little and you may (or may not) burn a batch or two. It’s OK though. Just pick the burnt edges off and eat them anyway. “Towanda!”

Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes

PREP TIME: 20 minutes | COOK: Stove Top, medium high heat, 15 minutes

  • 8-10 green tomatoes, use green tomatoes—really green, no red and no yellow.
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • dash of salt and pepper

Rinse tomatoes and gently dry them. Cut tomatoes into ⅓-inch-thick slices.

For the coating: In one bowl combine equal amounts cornmeal and flour (she uses whole-wheat white flour and cornmeal), and a dash of salt and pepper. In another bowl, combine two eggs with ½ cup milk. Dip sliced tomatoes into dry mix, then wet and then dry again. Note, sometimes people sprinkle a little sugar on the tomato before dredging in the flour and egg mixture to cut down on the bitterness. Just know that the most important thing is to dip the tomato in the flour, then egg and flour again. There has to be a thick coating created.

Heat canola oil in a cast-iron skillet. Put a couple droplets of water on your fingertips and sprinkle them into the oil. If the water pops back up, the oil is ready. Layer the bottom of the pan with the tomatoes, making sure they don’t overlap. Fry until they start to brown around the edges. Flip them and keep flipping until they turn golden. Once both sides have a nice golden color, remove them onto a paper shopping bag to drain the grease. Done. Enjoy 🙂

DISCLAIMER: Our recipes are just that, ours. Some are modified versions of dishes we’ve had elsewhere or old-favorites that contained animal proteins, while others are a concentrated effort of trial and error. But all are intended to be altered by you and made to suit your tastes. So if you want more garlic or none at all, go for it. You do you ; ) 

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