There’s nothing “fried” about these oven-fried green tomatoes! Plump tomatoes are dredged in flour, and Japanese breadcrumbs then baked until crisp. Serve these along with a simple chipotle ranch dipping sauce and you have yourself a little taste of the south!
After making these oven-baked pickle chips for friends, it occurred to me that the same recipe and method would work with green tomato slices.
This is great because making deep-fried green tomatoes as I did in my rocking BLT can be messy and time-consuming. Oven-baked green tomatoes are a faster, healthier, and more convenient way of getting the tasty fried tomato taste you want but without the mess, work, and stress of dealing with a hot pot of oil.
What Are Fried Green Tomatoes?
As the name implies they are green tomatoes fried in oils, usually battered first. In our case we’re making them much healthier by using Panko breadcrumbs and an oven to help reduce unwanted fats and greasy oils, making these much more diet-friendly.
Once cooked, you can use these tomatoes as appetizers or as sandwiches and burger fillers. They also work well as a side dish, part of breakfast (with bacon and eggs), sliced and stuffed with hot dogs or brats, loaded like nachos, or any other way you can imagine!
- Green tomatoes
- Egg whites
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Ranch seasoning
- chipotle pepper in adobo
For the exact measurements needed, please see the recipe card below.
How To Make Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes
STEP ONE – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
STEP TWO – Slice green tomatoes into even slices.
STEP THREE – Place flour in a bowl. Lightly beat egg whites in a second bowl and place panko, paprika, cumin, and salt in a third bowl.
STEP FOUR – Delicately press tomatoes into flour, then dredge in egg whites, and finally cover in panko mixture. Place slices on a baking sheet that has been covered in non-stick spray.
STEP FIVE – Bake for 20 minutes, turning once until tomatoes are golden.
STEP SIX– Combine the dip ingredients in a bowl until well mixed and serve alongside your baked green tomatoes.
- I only used about two tomatoes for this recipe. Green tomatoes are firm and easy to work with but you don’t want to slice your tomatoes too thin.
- Traditional bread crumbs can be used in place of the panko.
- Feel free to add seasoning to your breadcrumbs, Old Bay, garlic salt, Italian seasoning blends, seasoning salt, or even more ranch seasoning would all be delicious!
- Keep an eye on your tomatoes! Oven temperatures can differ, the breadcrumbs can burn quickly!
What do fried green tomatoes taste like?
These “fried” tomatoes will have a slightly sour taste to them, but it’s a tangy flavor that’s pleasant and complimentary to the texture of the breading. The breading on these sliced tomatoes is crunchy and flavorful, which helps to mellow out the acidic tomato and while the slices are crunchy, they’re still firm for a good bite without being hard to chew.
How long are baked green tomatoes good for?
I recommend eating these tomatoes don’t the same day that you prepare them as that is when the flavor and texture will be best. the tomatoes will lose crispness when reheated in the oven later.
What Is A Good Dipping Sauce Recipe For These Fried Green Tomatoes?
I served these tomatoes with a chipotle-ranch dipping sauce that is simply made with mayo, Greek yogurt, ranch seasoning, and chopped canned chipotle peppers. The sauce is creamy, spicy, and flavorful! You can omit the chipotle peppers and use jalapenos instead. Or you can stir in mashed avocados for a milder flavor!
Check out these other great fried food recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Southern Fried Catfish Recipe
- Mojito Fried Donuts
- Fried Bologna Sandwich Recipe
- Fried Tequila Shots Recipe
- 2 large green tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3 egg whites
- 1 cup panko
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning
- 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice green tomatoes into even slices.
- Place flour in a bowl. Lightly beat egg whites in a second bowl and place panko, paprika, cumin and salt in a third bowl.
- Delicately press tomatoes into flour, then dredge in egg whites and finally cover in panko mixture. Place slices on a baking sheet that has been covered in non-stick spray.
- Bake for 20 minutes, turning once until tomatoes are golden.
- Meanwhile, combine dip ingredients in a bowl, stir.
Amount Per Serving Calories 92Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 2mgSodium 277mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g