Fried Green Tomatoes

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes recipe by @beardandbonnet

We have had many, many discussions about my southern upbringing! Most recently we discussed this topic over a fresh batch of hushpuppies which have now sparked an insatiable craving for fried green tomatoes. 

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes recipe by @beardandbonnet

Fried green tomatoes pop up every where in the south during the summer months! Vendors fry them at the farmer’s markets, they grace the specials menu of practically every restaurant and literally everyone has their own secret family recipe. 

I was sort of surprised this season when I couldn’t find green tomatoes in every farmers market stall here in Long Beach. The craving wouldn’t go away though it only worsened, so I called my friends at Melissa’s Produce and they totally came through for me! I finally feel like I have indulged in all of my favorite summer foods. 

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes recipe by @beardandbonnet


Fried Green Tomatoes

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes recipe by @beardandbonnet

Fried green tomatoes are great served up as a side dish, but they are spectacular layered on top of homemade veggie burgers or served up inFried Green Tomato Po’boys!

  • Author: Beard and Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup gluten free yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour, I used Better Batter
  • 3 medium sized, firm green tomatoes, cut into 1/3-inch-thick
  • peanut oil for frying

To serve


  1. Whisk together the egg and the buttermilk.
  2. In a shallow dish combine the cornmeal, baking powder, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of the gluten free flour. Dredge the tomato slices in the remaining 1/2 cup of gluten free flour; dip in the egg mixture, and dredge in the cornmeal mixture.
  3. Pour the oil to a depth of 1/2 inch in a large cast iron skillet. Heat the oil to 350°F over medium-high heat. Drop the tomatoes, in batches, into hot oil and cook for 2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle hot tomatoes with sea salt to taste.
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Want to turn these into a sandwich? Check out our Fried Green Tomato P’boy!

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomato Po' Boys recipe from @beardandbonnet


  1. Rose Martine January 27, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    This recipe looks awesome!!! Since I don’t use grain flour, do you think almond or coconut flour would work well as a substitute? Thanks!

    1. thismess February 4, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      I’m so glad you are intrigued by teh recipe – I think if it were me I would try almond flour first – or even a cassava flour. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  2. Chrissy July 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I am not a huge fan of a lot of southern food b/c it tends to be too heavy for me (yes, weird), but I LOVE FGTs. Deeelish!

    1. Pam July 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Fry them in grapeseed oil. Much lighter.


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