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Blackened Fried Green Tomatoes

Every summer I buy green tomatoes. Every summer I say I’m going to deep fry them. Every summer I get randomly intimidated by the idea, and I don’t.

This summer, I finally did.

What was wrong with me? They’re super easy to fry, the coating is amazing, and they’re perfect for a quick appetizer.

I combined them with a decent amount of blackening spice and served them with a chipotle dipping sauce.

These guys had some heat, which worked really well with the citrus flavor of the tomatoes.

So, since they’re cheap and plentiful – buy a bunch of green tomatoes and play with them. Don’t be intimidated. You won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll love them.

Blackened Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes Vertical

Serves 2.


2 large green tomatoes, sliced into ½-inch pieces

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup shredded parmesan

1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

1-2 teaspoons blackening seasoning

1 large egg

½ cup half-and-half or milk

Peanut oil


Salt the tomatoes, and let them sit for 5 minutes. (This draws out excess water.)

Combine the panko, flour, parmesan, parsley, and desired amount of blackening seasoning in a medium bowl.

In a second bowl, whisk the egg and half-and-half together.

Pour ½-inch of oil in a medium frying pan.

Heat the oil over medium heat, until a bit of panko browns immediately sizzles and turns brown within a few seconds.

Pat the tomatoes dry with a paper towel.

Place the tomatoes into the egg mixture, and then dredge through the panko mixture. Press well to adhere.

Fry the tomatoes for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip, and brown on the second side.

Drain on paper towels.

Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Chipotle dipping sauce

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon store-bought or homemade chipotles in adobo sauce

1 tablespoon finely diced onion

¼ teaspoon kosher salt


Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve immediately, or refrigerate to let flavors meld for 1 hour.

(Photos by Launie Kettler)

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