fried green tomatoes
Mary-Louise Parker, Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy and Mary Stuart Masterson in Fried Green Tomatoes | Universal Pictures

This week’s Food Film Friday is devoted to Fried Green Tomatoes, both the movie and the recipe. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie, but the scene where Evelyn (Kathy Bates) yells “Towanda!” and rams her car into the VW of the girls who stole her parking space is one of my all-time favorites.

Who among us hasn’t wanted to do that?!  Everyone needs an alter-ego with the name of your choosing.

So, I’m thinking you might have an abundance of tomatoes right now, and some of them might even be green, still hanging on the plants in your garden. If so, this recipe from Movie Recipes is for you.

Who knows, maybe it’ll even help you get more assertive in your own life. Towanda!

Fried Green Tomatoes

    • Fried Green Tomatoes1 quart canola oil
    • 3 medium bowls
    • 1 large egg
    • ½ c. buttermilk
    • ½ c. flour
    • ½ c. cornmeal
    • ½ tsp. kosher salt
    • ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
    • 3-4 large green tomatoes, the firmer the better
    • 3 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
    • 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped thyme leaves

Mix egg and buttermilk together in a bowl. In another bowl, put the flour and in the third bowl, the cornmeal. Slice the tomatoes in thick slices. Heat the oil in a large pot to 350 degrees. Dredge the tomato slices in the flour, then egg mixture, and finally the cornmeal.

Fry two to three slices at a time until golden brown. When removed from the oil, sprinkle on salt and pepper, fresh thyme and Parmesan cheese. Serve as a nice savory starter, or share with a loved one for a warming experience.

Cooking time: 15 minutes; servings: 2 to 6


  1. Love having this recipe. We just returned from TN where these are served everywhere. I remember watching this movie with my mother as well and she did make some awesome fried green tomatoes! 

  2. That scene with Kathy Bates is one of my all-time favorites, too. For years after seeing the movie, I thought of her screaming “Towanda!” whenever I needed a power-up moment.

  3. OH I do love green fried tomatoes.  That fact alone made me go see the movie, but it was such a laugh-fest.  By the way, I’ve taken the green tomatoes a step further. Found and made a recipe for green tomato pie. YUM! (If you like rhubarb pie, you’ll love it.)

  4. I love that movie. I have watched it at least three or four times. And we’ve cooked up some fried green tomatoes for good measure. Use olive oil instead and no batter. They are delicious. Don’t forget the black pepper.


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