Fried green tomato fritters are way easier to make than traditional fried green tomatoes, but they are every bit as delicious!
For many of you across the northern hemisphere — those who are currently wrapping yourselves in full arctic expedition gear just to get to work — this will not be a timely post. Here in dull-weather California, however, I still have a good ten pounds left of unripe green tomatoes in my fridge, thanks to my weirdly extended harvest of Sungolds and Early Cascades.
The other day I was frying some unripe tomatoes in the usual way, first slicing them, then dredging and coating each individual slice in batter. DELICIOUS, but the process is a hassle—especially with smaller tomato varieties, which are harder to slice, coat, and handle.
When I was done frying all the sliced tomatoes, I mixed the coating ingredients up and made one big, plain fritter. Then I thought: why not just mix some diced green tomato in there, too? It worked beautifully! Not only was it an easier technique than the traditional slice-dredge-coat, but also a much more efficient way to make use of all those baby green cherry tomatoes.
How to make fried green tomato fritters
Making green tomato fritters is a simple process:
- Mix cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder.
- Mix in buttermilk and an egg.
- Stir in some diced green tomatoes, corn, and onion.
- Drop the batter by heaping spoonfuls into hot oil in a skillet.
- Cook until browned on both sides.
I alternated between eating them plain, right out of the skillet (with an extra pinch of salt and pepper, to suit my extreme love of both), and dipping them in Franks Red Hot Sauce because I am addicted to that stuff.
Next time I’m dreaming about serving them with cilantro dipping sauce, chipotle aioli, roasted pepper salsa—or in a Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Fritter sandwich.
Need ideas for using up leftover buttermilk? Try these recipes
- Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp
- Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- Buttermilk Bread
- Sriracha Ranch Dressing
- Buttermilk Biscuits
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup finely diced green tomatoes (1/4" or smaller)
- 1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 onion, diced small
- Vegetable oil for frying
- In a medium bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, and
- In a small bowl, beat the buttermilk and egg together and then add it to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Add the green tomatoes, corn, and onion and mix well.
- Put about ¼-inch of oil in a large skillet and heat it over
medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add heaping spoonfuls of the batter to the pan, pressing them with the back of the spoon to flatten a bit if necessary. You’ll have to cook the fritters in several batches, 3 or 4 to a pan depending on the size of your pan.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until nicely browned on the bottom and you see holes formed on the top. Flip over and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until the second side is browned. Transfer the cooked fritters to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Repeat until all of the batter has been cooked.
- Serve hot.
Amount Per Serving Calories 69Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 16mgSodium 245mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 2g