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!
I grew up eating green tomatoes, however, the tomatoes I grew up with as a child were pickled. Nothing makes you stand out in the school cafeteria quite like pickled green tomatoes in your lunch box, trust me.
But my exposure to green tomatoes equipped me with the desire to try green tomatoes in other ways…like fried.
Anytime I travel to the Carolinas, I avidly search for as many fried green tomato recipes as possible. I eat fried green tomatoes on burgers, in grilled cheese sandwiches, as an appetizer, in a salad, with eggs or any other way southerners can think to serve them up. In short, I am in love with fried green tomatoes.
The thing is, I don’t always want to deal with frying food. I have made my deep-fried green tomatoes for this rocking BLT, and they were amazing! But frying food is not only time-consuming but can be messy. 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.
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.
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!
Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe Tips
- 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!
- These are best when consumed the same day. While the tomatoes can be reheated in the oven, they will lose their crispiness.
Use these tomatoes as appetizers or as sandwich or burger fillers, 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!
- 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.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 92Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 2mgSodium 277mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g