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Fried Green Tomatoes - Food, Novel, Movie and Music

Updated on March 28, 2015

About Fried Green Tomatoes

While green tomatoes usually refers to the unripe form of the vegetable, or fruit as some would argue, fried green tomatoes can refer to several different things namely, a common Southern US side dish, a 1987 novel by by Fannie Flagg, a 1991 movie based on the novel, and a 2000 country music album by Ricky Van Shelton.

Although the main focus of this page is the food, we will briefly cover the others as well, and by the time you finish reading you can choose which fried green tomatoes you want. Hey, why not take all of them! :)

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Fried green tomatoes - the food

a yummy side dish of the American South

When I first heard the phrase "fried green tomatoes" I thought it would be prepared by just frying the tomatoes on a skillet, adding spices to it, and that the finished product would still look green. Haha!

Well, the real way to prepare the dish is quite different but still simple enough.

1. Thinly slice the tomatoes (about 1/4 inch) and coat them in coarse cornmeal (for a firmer dish dip them into beaten egg before coating).

2. Place them on a rack or paper towel and let sit for about 10 minutes.

3. Pan fry the tomatoes in vegetable oil (some people prefer to use bacon fat but not me!). The depth of the oil should be slightly less than the thickness of the sliced tomatoes.

4. Flip the tomatoes after about a couple of minute.

5. Cook to golden brown.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

If you like you can also make a spicy remoulade sauce or Southern tartar sauce as a dip.

Although fried green tomatoes are a Southern dish, the North has its version too, but it's usually made with white flour instead of cornmeal.

Fried green tomatoes for St Patrick's Day?

Why not! Anything green will brighten the holiday :)

Fried Green Tomato Recipe

Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook: Featuring : Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Barbecue, Banana Split Cake, and Many Other Great Recipes
Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook: Featuring : Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Barbecue, Banana Split Cake, and Many Other Great Recipes

After the tremendous success of her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and the beloved movie that followed, author Fannie Flagg received thousands of requests from all over the world asking for recipes from the little cafe of her Alabama childhood that was the model for the cafe in her novel. Now, she joyfully shares those recipes, in what may well be the first cookbook ever written by a satisfied customer rather than a cook!


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

This is a 1987 best selling novel by Fannie Flagg with friendships between women, aging, and yes, food as themes. Part of the story is about two young women in Georgia who formed a strong bond after witnessing a terrible tragedy. They later opened a cafe with fried green tomatoes as a house specialty.


Fried Green Tomatoes - the movie

This 1991 film is an adaptation of the above novel with a few minor differences. Academy Award winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy starred with Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in this comedy-drama filmed in Juliette, Georgia. After the filming, the little town enjoyed an inflow of tourism. The sets used for the town's main street were renovated into a tourist district, complete with a fully operational "Whistle Stop Cafe".

Touring Juliette, Georgia - where Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed

Fried Green Tomatoes - the music

Ricky Van Shelton was one of biggest male country music singers during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and Fried Green Tomatoes is his ninth and latest studio album.

Which one? The food, the book, the film, or the music? I love hearing from my readers, so share your thoughts or just let me know you were here.

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Do you like fried green tomatoes?

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Absolutely! Love 'em all!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      been awhile since I had them.

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      gwenwon 7 years ago

      Really interesting! This is the first time I've ever heard of fried green tomatoes. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kapalbility 7 years ago

      I was eating fried (semi) green tomatoes I also cooked for my midnight snack, and I thought hey, has anyone made a lens 'bout this? Yummy lens. Of course it might be obvious that I love the food the most. :D

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I had seen the movie many years ago, but I didn't know people really ate fried green tomatoes.

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      aidenw 7 years ago from USA

      @LotusMalas: I don't see why not :)

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thanks for making me hungry! Super lens

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I've seriously gotta try these. I hear so much about them. :)

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Delicious - now I'm hungry. Think FGT would make a good breakfast food? :)

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      Alfiesgirl LM 7 years ago

      I was always led to believe that green tomatoes were bad for us and so i have never eaten them, although i think that i'd enjoy them seeing as i love fried red tomatoes..can't be that much difference can there?...nice lens, you have covered the whole fried green tomatoes thing i reckon. 5*****

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      I actually love fried green tomatoes, but it's been a while since I've had them. The delicious fate of my early fall tomatoes that don't ripen on the vine:-) ~claudia

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Great Lens on Fried Green Tomatoes

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      aidenw 7 years ago from USA

      @emmaklarkins: Perhaps the green ones are firmer since they're unripe and therefore, won't get all mushed up when fried? That's just my guess, though. Thanks for commenting :)

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      Fried green tomatoes is a dish that intrigues me. Why green tomatoes? Why not red ones? The world may never know!