Okay, I’m normally used to using green tomatoes, but wow, did these taste even better!

Fried red tomatoes are a delectable Southern classic, known for their crispy exterior and juicy, flavorful interior. This dish is a delightful twist on the more commonly known fried green tomatoes, offering a slightly sweeter taste and a vibrant red hue. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about fried red tomatoes, from their nutritional benefits to detailed preparation steps, and much more.


Ingredients Table

Ingredient Quantity
Large ripe red tomatoes 4, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
All-purpose flour 1 cup
Large eggs 2, beaten
Cornmeal 1 cup
Panko breadcrumbs 1 cup
Salt 2 teaspoons, more for seasoning
Black pepper 1 teaspoon, more for seasoning
Paprika (optional) 1/4 teaspoon
Vegetable oil For frying


  1. Place the flour, beaten eggs, and a mix of cornmeal and panko breadcrumbs into three separate shallow bowls. Stir salt, pepper, and paprika into the cornmeal and breadcrumb mixture for even seasoning.
  2. Dip tomato slices first into the flour, ensuring both sides are lightly coated. Shake off any excess.
  3. Submerge the floured tomato into the beaten eggs, letting any excess drip off.
  4. Lastly, press each slice into the cornmeal and breadcrumb combination, coating both sides well for a crisp exterior.
  5. Fill a large skillet with vegetable oil, about 1/2-inch deep, and heat over medium flame until hot but not smoking.
  6. Carefully place tomato slices in the skillet without overcrowding, and fry until golden brown — roughly 2-3 minutes on each side.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a wire rack or plate lined with paper towels to drain. Season lightly with a bit more salt and pepper while they’re still warm.
  8. Serve immediately while they’re at their crispiest best!

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