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A plate of fried green tomatoes with feta cheese garnish.

At the end of the growing season, many gardeners are left with hard green fruit on their withering tomato vines. Here are some delicious ways to use those tomatoes even if they are not red and ripe. This page contains recipes for green tomatoes.



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Recipe: Green Tomato Chili

This isn't just a good way to use up green tomatoes at the end of the season, it's so good, you'll wish you had green tomatoes all winter. Luckily, they freeze really well. You can freeze green tomatoes easily. Blanch them briefly, trim the skins off, and freeze them chopped up, or whole. Actually, I don't even bother blanching them, although a lot of people do blanch them to sterilize them a bit. I figure that the skins are all that get close to being sterilized, and I trim them off anyway. I wash the tomatoes well, then, since the tomatoes are still kind of hard, I use a potato peeler to peel them.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups peppers, sweet and hot mixed to your preference, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cups diced red tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. coriander


Brown the ground beef, then drain, and remove from the pan. Set aside. Put a tablespoon or two of the fat back in the pan and add the onions and peppers, and saute until they are starting to soften.

Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and coriander, and saute 1 minute. Add the red and green tomatoes, the meat, oregano, and a cup or two of water, optional. Simmer briskly, stirring often, until all the veggies are tender, about 1/2 hour.

This can also be made with 1 lb of bite size beef stew meat. It's really good this way, but don't remove the beef from the pan when you add the veggies, and cook it for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the beef is tender.

Servings: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes, to 2 hours

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Although we try not to eat a lot of fried foods, fried green tomatoes are a real treat sometimes and so simple to make.


  • green tomatoes
  • corn meal
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil


  1. Wash tomatoes and dry off with paper towel.

  2. Slice tomatoes approximately 1/2 inch thick.

  3. Sprinkle each slice with salt and pepper as desired.

  4. Pour olive oil in frying pan approximately 1/4 inch deep and heat on medium.

  5. Coat tomato slices with cornmeal and place in hot oil.

  6. Fry until browned on each side.

  7. Place on paper towels to drain.

By Litter Gitter [123]

Recipe: Grandma's Green Tomatoes

This is what my grandmother made to use up green tomatoes at the end of the season.


  • green tomatoes, chopped
  • green bell peppers, chopped
  • onions, chopped
  • butter
  • flour
  • cream
  • salt and pepper


Saute the vegetables in butter until desired tenderness. Add a tablespoon or two of flour. Then slowly add the cream. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until thickened. My grandmother always served this with mashed potatoes.

Source: my grandmother

By Judy from Laurel, MT

Recipe: Green Tomato Pie

A friend of mine got me started on this. Very good!


  • 5 cup green tomato slices
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cracker or cereal crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp. water


Preheat oven to 425. Line a 9 inch pie pan with pastry; chill. Sprinkle tomato slices with lemon juice and rind, toss with sugar, flour and seasoning. Sprinkle into pie shell, and fill with tomato slices. Cover with pastry. Bake 35-45 minutes.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 35-45 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Green Tomato Spicy Relish

Tasty relish made with those green tomatoes left in your garden that won't have time to ripen. Simply to make with just a few ingredients. We came up with this recipe a few years ago when an early frost was coming. We have made a few adjustments since.


  • 2 dozen green (unripe) tomatoes
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 large sweet pepper, red or green
  • 4 large hot peppers, your choice
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar, white or cider
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped


Wash and remove stems and attachment point from tomatoes and peppers. Remove seeds from peppers if desired. Grind or chop tomatoes (skin is left on tomatoes), celery, peppers and onions to coarse mixture in blender or by hand. Add all ingredients except sugar to large pot and let simmer, stirring often.

After mixture starts to thicken, add sugar. Continue simmering until reaching consistently preferred (approx 3 hours). Seal in hot sterilized pints. Makes 5 to 7 pints.

By Cenopath from Eden, NY

Recipe: Green Tomato Pie


  • 3 cup green tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg


Slice tomatoes in thin rings. Do not pare. Put in unbaked pastry shell. Combine sugar, flour and spices. Add molasses and water. Pour mixture over tomatoes. Cover with a top crust. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce temperature to 375 and continue to bake 30 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Spicy Fried Green Tomatoes


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (12 ounce)can beer
  • 1/2 cup oil for frying
  • 5 green tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick


In a bowl, mix the flour, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, eggs, and beer. The mixture should resemble pancake batter.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Dip tomato slices in the batter to coat, then fry in the skillet 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Eat while hot.

By Connie from Cotter, AR

Recipe: Zesty Fried Green Tomatoes


  • 4 medium green tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • dash red pepper
  • 2 eggs


Sprinkle both sides of tomatoes with salt and let stand 10 minutes. Combine cornmeal, cheese, flour and seasonings. In another bowl place eggs and beat. Pat tomatoes dry. Dip into eggs and coat with dry mixture. Fry in butter until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Here are questions related to Green Tomato Recipes.

Question: Fried Green Tomatoes

I would like to know how to fry good green tomatoes? I need a great batter.

By Rere from Philadelphia, MS


Most Recent Answer

By Debby [6]07/07/2010

Well, this is the way I do mine:

Wash tomatoes. Peel them. Cut into bite size wedges. Put in single layer on a plate and salt. Leave them for a few minutes to "sweat". Mix flour and cornmeal in a ziploc bag. Put wedges in bag and shake. Fry in oil until crisp. Drain on paper towels and salt. The wedges keep the tomatoes from getting soggy like the slices tend to do.

This is a lot like everyone else has posted except cutting them in wedges. Do try the wedges. You'll love the way they turn out. We had them this way in a Southern restaurant in Georgia and have been making them that way ever since.

Question: Pickled Green Tomato Recipe

I have tons of green tomatoes; when I was a kid I remember going to the deli with my dad and grabbing a big green dill pickled tomato from a big wooden barrel. I tried to pickle some a few years ago, but they didn't work too well. They were mushy and very tasty. Can anyone help? Thanks.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Rick

Most Recent Answer

By Gerry10/12/2010

Purchase a bag of pickling lime and follow the directions for the green tomato pickles. This is the very best recipe. The pickled tomatoes are crisp and delish! Good luck.

Question: Green Tomato Recipes

Do you have recipes for green tomatoes?

By zorakay

Most Recent Answer

By lora harruff [1]09/01/2009

This is a moist, spice-type cake!

Green Tomato Cake

4 cups chopped green tomatoes
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Place chopped tomatoes in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. salt. Let stand 10 mins. Place in a colander, rinse with cold water and drain. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat until creamy. Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add raisins and nuts to dry mixture; add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Dough will be very stiff. Mix well. Add drained tomatoes and mix well. Pour into the prepared 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 40 to 45 mins. in the preheated oven or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Makes 24 servings.

Question: Green Tomato Recipes

I am looking for green tomato recipes. No fried green tomato recipes, please.

Most Recent Answer

By Pat Finley [1]10/17/2012

I recently made this recipe for Green Tomato Chili that was originally posted by Copasetic from OH. It was a big hit.


1 lb. ground beef
2 med. onions chopped
2 1/2 cups peppers, sweet and hot mixed to you preference, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 cups diced red tomatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped green tomatoes
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp coriander


Brown ground beef and then drain and remove from pan. Set aside. Put a tbsp or two of fat back in pan and add the onions and peppers, and saute until they are starting to soften. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and coriander and saute 1 minute. Add the green and red tomatoes, the meat, oregano, and a cup or two of water, optional. Simmer briskly, stirring often, until all the veggies are tender, about 1/2 hour.

This can also be made with 1 lb of bite size beef stew meat. Leave the beef in the pan when you add the veggies and cook for 1 1/2 to two hours, until the beef is tender.

Servings: 6-8
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes to 2 hours

Question: Freezing Battered Green Tomatoes

Does anyone have a recipe for freezing green tomatoes? I want to batter them and freeze them? Thanks.

By Rascalsmama from Edgefield, SC

Most Recent Answer

By carlan wright [3]07/03/2009

Slice green tomatos about 1\8 inch slices. Place flat on countertop or prep table, salt well with shaker on both sides. Coat both sides of tomatos with flour, and place on cookie sheet about 1/4 inch apart.

Place in freezer for 30-45 minutes. Then put into ziplock freezer bag and return to freezer for later use. Note- Do not thaw for frying. Heat oil or shortening before removing from freezer. Place into oil as soon as removed from freezer 1 slice at a time so oil temp is stable.

Question: Recipes Using Green Tomato Puree

I would like to know how to use the green tomato puree in making recipes.

By Thresia R.


Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.

Archive: Fried Green Tomatoes

Slice 5 to 6 green tomatoes. Place the green tomatoes in milk and soak for one hour or more. Keeping the rest of the milk, add one egg and beat until foamy. Add a little more milk if needed. Dip tomato slices in 1/2 corn meal and 1/2 flour mixture. Fry until crispy in olive oil (original recipe calls for lard). If lard is still used, this really is the best way to fry the green tomatoes.

By Dove R.

Archive: Green Tomato Pie


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves


Fill an unbaked pie shell with very thinly sliced, peeled green tomatoes. Remove seeds, if you wish. Pour mixture over tomatoes. Put crust on top. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes, then at 350 degrees F until done, 30-40 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Archive: Green Tomato Pie


  • 3 cups sliced green tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


Arrange tomatoes in layer, sprinkling each layer with a mixture of the other ingredients in unbaked pie shell. Add top crust. Bake 35-40 minutes in 350 degree F. oven

By Anna

Archive: Fried Green Tomatoes

I am looking for a recipe for fried green tomatoes.

By kateh09 from Charleston, SC

RE: Fried Green Tomatoes

You make them the same way you do breaded items. Slice the tomatoes (you should get 4 to 5 slices per tomato), dip the slices in egg and milk mixture, then into the flour. Make sure your oil is hot, turn slices over when they brown on the bottom. You can salt during cooking or afterwards, but they will need salt. They are done when a fork can be inserted in it easily. Sometimes one will stay hard and you can remove them when they are brown on both sides. You can egg and flour all the slices before you start cooking them. If you have very many it seems faster and makes less mess to clean up afterwards. (10/05/2009)

By dajavooi

Archive: Pickled Green Tomato Recipe

I am looking for a green tomato pickle recipe. I also would like the directions for, basic canning of pickled green tomatoes. I am new to this site, so any help would be great.


RE: Pickled Green Tomato Recipe

Here are some links with some recipes: (09/05/2004)

By ThriftyFun

RE: Pickled Green Tomato Recipe

Title: Pickled Green Tomatoes Categories: Yield: 6 servings


  • 7 lbs green tomatoes
  • garlic cloves
  • hot cherry peppers
  • 1 qt vinegar
  • 2 qt water
  • 1 c salt

Wash tomatoes and quart jars. (Use small firm tomatoes, or large ones cut into quarters.) In each jar place a garlic clove and 1 or 2 hot cherry peppers. Stir together vinegar, water, and salt; cook 5 minutes and pour over pickles. Seal jars. (10/02/2005)

By Judy