Fried Green Tomato Tots

The garden is a disaster this summer. My laziness has officially come around to bite me. In a vain attempt to enforce some semblance of order in my back yard last week, I ended up knocking a bunch of tomatoes off the vine. I couldn’t waste the few things that have survived my neglect, so this meant trying to make fried green tomatoes.

I found a recipe from some of my favorite celebrity chefs, made a few modifications, and got to work. We really enjoyed all of the varieties we tried, but the small green grape tomatoes were just outstanding. A little bit of sweetness in there with the tart, and the size was dangerously pop-able. If there had been 100 little tomato slices, I would have eaten them all.


  • 16-20 tiny green tomatoes. We used green grape tomatoes, courtesy of my friend Steph. She grows wonderful things with heirloom seeds.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1.5 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  1. Slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, the allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Set up 3 bowls for the breading process. Bowl one: combine the flour and garlic powder. Bowl two: combine the eggs and milk. Bowl three: combine the panko with the paprika and chili powder. Thrown in a pinch of cayenne if you like things spicy!
  3. Heat about 1/2 inch of canola oil in a large pan until it sizzles a bit when you put food into it, but it doesn’t pop and splatter.
  4. Dredge each tomato slice in the flour mixture, dip in the egg mixture, and press into the panko mix.
  5. Fry tomatoes for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  6. Remove tomatoes to a platter lined with paper towels.
  7. Serve with a delicious sauce. My favorite tomatillo sauce recipe would be lovely alongside these tots!

2 thoughts on “Fried Green Tomato Tots

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