IMBB #18: Frying Up Green Tomatoes!

August 28, 2005



The air conditioner of the trailer is going full blast, but it doesn’t stand a chance against the hot oil that sputters in front of Caryn as she chats on her cell phone and pokes around in the oil with a pair of tongs. She flips over a battered slice of green tomato to reveal a blonde, crispy underside.


Mm. These are perfect. They remind me of home.


Winnie cradles the phone on her shoulder as she paints her toenails a blazing red.


Yeah, I’ll have to pick up some of my own at the Farmer’s Market today.

She shoots a look outside where the heat is rising off the pavement in daunting waves.


It’s so hot out there, you could fry ‘em on my front porch. And speaking of home, when are you coming back?


Caryn drains the tomatoes on some paper towels and starts another batch.


I wish I knew. They really don’t tell me anything.

The door of the trailer swings open and Amelia clambers in.


Caryn, you really should come to set. Your boss has been in a feverish fight with his co-star all morning. It’s quite a scene.


(in her cell phone)

I gotta go.

She flips the phone closed, turns off the stove and hotfoots it out the door with Amy.


Caryn and Amelia arrive just in time to see Mr. R. scamper onto the set, just ahead of an inflamed Miss A. It seems that more crew than usual are swarming around the fiery display.



Miss A. immediately transforms her searing look into a dazzling smile, but Mr. R. refuses to look at her as the scene plays out. Caryn and Amy draw blistering looks from the sound crew as they whisper to each other during the shot.


What happened?


No idea. They’ve been at it all morning.

Mr. R. smashes a glass on a painting behind him just as the director yells…



Miss A. takes a fervent step towards Mr. R., but the director interrupts.


Perfect! And that, my friends, is a wrap for our gentleman star!

Mr. R. looks up in shock. He had no idea that was his last shot.


Let’s thank him for a truly radiant performance.

The cast and crew erupt in applause as Mr. R. steps off the set. Miss A.’s surprise is only slightly greater than Mr. R.’s but she wastes no time in chasing him after him.

Without looking back, Mr. R. quickens his pace. He grabs Caryn by the arm and yanks her with him.

MR. R.

Pack quick. Let’s get out of here.

Caryn and Mr. R. bolt from the hot pursuit of the raging actress.


Don’t you want to eat first? I made–

MR. R.

Make it to go. We gotta burn some rubber, baby!

Caryn gasps to keep up with him. She doesn’t care, though. She’s going home.

I planned, fried and photographed these tomatoes for IMBB #18 before I saw that Nic from Bakingsheet had the same idea. Her oven-fried green tomatoes look wonderfully luscious (and probably lighter!), so try whichever recipe suits your fancy. The important thing to remember here is that tart green tomatoes are only around for a short time of the year, so get frying!

Fried Green Tomatoes

4 medium green tomatoes

1 cup flour

3/4 cup cornmeal

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

vegetable oil, for frying

1. Slice tomatoes into thick slices (about 1/3″). Stir salt and pepper into flour. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Place flour, eggs and cornmeal in three separate, shallow bowls.

2. Working 1 slice at a time, dredge in flour, dip in eggs and dredge in cornmeal. To avoid fingerprints in the coating, hold tomato slice around the edges. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remainging slices.

3. Heat about 1/2″ of oil in large, heavy skillet until hot enough for frying (350-375 degrees). Gently place one layer of slices in the oil (about 4-5 slices). Fry slices until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining slices. Serve hot with a sweet and spicy salsa.

Serves 4.

14 thoughts on “IMBB #18: Frying Up Green Tomatoes!

  1. Lisa

    wow Caryn,

    Loved the movie and been thinking about what fried green tomatoes really taste like!!! Will definitely give this a try… *drrooooling*

  2. Rainey

    Oooo! I don’t do IMBB but is “tomatoes” the theme? Could you point me to it? I’d love to see what people are doing with tomatoes. …not that my tomato plants are producing anymore in this long, hot summer we’ve had. But who knows if it cools off if they’ll pick up and pollenate again. ;>

  3. Leannwoo

    Wow, what a way to end a shoot. :) I’m glad Mr.R is so level headed. I can’t wait to find out what happened between Mr.R and Miss A!

    Thanks for the recipe. I am up to my eyeballs in tomatoes right now. A little fried green tomatoes might be nice.

  4. Melissa

    Hi Caryn, those look so delicious. I tried fried green tomatoes at jazzfest in New Orleans one year, but I was decidedly under-wowed. Maybe I should try making my own – I can’t imagine how anything fried and served with sweet and spicy salsa could be less than incredible! ;)

  5. kevin


    I do love FGTs. What I find most interesting about the flavor is that they taste more like the fruit they are than ripe tomatoes.

  6. Allisa

    Oooooweee!! Things are HEATIN’ UP!! Thank God! Hot as frying oil! And looking quite yummy too.

    I once had FGT in Houston and though I was a bit unsure about trying them, I was glad I did so. I had them with ranch, I think.

  7. Nicky

    I might be one of the very few, who never ever has eaten fried green tomatoes in her life… Not that I didn’t want to, I just haven’t seen them on any menu here in Germany so far. So some action is required – if I can find some suitable green tomatoes at the farmers market, I will give your recipe a try. They look soooooo delicious!

  8. Laura GF

    I was inspired by your fried green tomatoes and made some of my own for a salad. I used a slightly different recipe and since I hadn’t tried them before had to ask my southern husband if the results were what other people would recognize as fgt :) Anyway, a post about it is up at my blog, if you’d like to take a look — the salad turned out really well and it seems like the kind of thing you might enjoy. Thank you for continuing to bring ideas and inspiration for my cooking attempts.

  9. caryn

    I’m so glad so many of y’all share the same affinity for fried green tomatoes!

    Rainey, I’m sure you’ve discovered by now that this past IMBB was about frying, not tomatoes. But tomatoes would’ve been fun, eh? You can see the other entries by heading over to At Your Table via the link above.

    Laura, your salad looks great! What a fabulous idea! One of my favorite salads is a fried chicken salad, so why not swap out green tomatoes for chicken?! Mmmmm….

  10. Harrison from Kenya

    Every thing from you looks nice to see and then ‘luscious’ and when I visit you there one day I will have to visit you.





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