ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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! :)

Image source:

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.

Please remember to "Like" this page, thanks! :)

Do you like fried green tomatoes?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Absolutely! Love 'em all!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      been awhile since I had them.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

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

    • profile image


      8 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

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

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

    • aidenw profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from USA

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

    • pkmcruk profile image


      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thanks for making me hungry! Super lens

    • aka-rms profile image

      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

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

    • LotusMalas profile image


      9 years ago

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

    • Alfiesgirl LM profile image

      Alfiesgirl LM 

      9 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*****

    • profile image


      9 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

    • Gamganny profile image


      9 years ago

      Great Lens on Fried Green Tomatoes

    • aidenw profile imageAUTHOR


      9 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 :)

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      9 years ago

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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)