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Green Tomato Recipes

Mickie is a retired librarian who loves to tinker around the house. Everywhere she looks, she sees possibility!

A bowl full of green tomatoes!

Yes, these are my tomatoes!

Yes, these are my tomatoes!

What can one do with a huge bowl of green tomatoes?

What if....Your kids get over-zealous and pick all your lovely green tomatoes before they ripen.


A summer thunderstorm knocks your loaded tomato plant over before the 'maters turn red.


The weather turns chilly and you still have tons of beautiful green tomatoes on the vine!

No problem. Here are a few recipes using green tomatoes that will save the day (or your harvest)! Recipes are vegetarian except for egg and dairy products.

The recipes you will find here are: Green Tomato Pasta sauce, Green tomato casserole (my favorite ) Green Mary cocktail and Fried Green Tomatoes (from Fanny Flagg).

FYI: the second scenario above was the reason I had so many! The green tomatoes shown in the image above are "Brandywine". They are quite a meaty, heavy tomato.

[All the green tomato images are mine Mickie_G - except where noted. Ask before you use pictures, please.]

Such a beautiful Green!

green tomatoes from Mickie_G's garden

green tomatoes from Mickie_G's garden

Green Tomato Pasta Sauce

You can freeze this gluten free tomato sauce!

If you have:

3 tablespoons good quality olive oil

3 medium cloves of garlic - chopped

3 medium (bigger than a tennis ball, smaller than a soft ball) green tomatoes, cut into eighths

1/2 cup H20

1/2 teaspoon dried basil ( 1 T fresh, chopped)

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

salt and pepper to taste

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You can:

Heat oil in a large pot (Dutch oven or big saucepan) over medium low heat.

Add garlic and cook about 1 minute.

Add tomatoes and increase heat to medium.

Sauté, stirring until garlic begins to turn brown (about 4 minutes).

Add water and dried basil (wait to add the fresh basil), cook covered 5 to 8 minutes.

Check occasionally to see when tomatoes are soft and liquid is thick (like syrup).

Transfer contents to a food processor or blender and add cheese..


Transfer to a saucepan and season to taste.

Reheat and serve over hot pasta of choice.

Use fresh, chopped basil as a garnish.

Serve with grated Parmesan.

(Sauce can be frozen)

Recipe from Loaves and Fishes II - Recipes from the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Daphne, Alabama.

Easily chop the garlic for the green tomato pasta sauce: - A "must have" kitchen tool.

I have a chopper very similar to this one and use it for garlic. I bought mine at Williams Sonoma for about the same price. This tool is optional, but I consider a garlic chopper a "must have" tool in my kitchen.

Cracker Crumb topping is a little too brown, but the green tomato casserole is devine!

Green Tomato Casserole--delish!

Green Tomato Casserole--delish!

Green Tomato Casserole

My personal favorite recipe for using those green tomatoes!

If you have:

5 to 6 green tomatoes (thinly sliced)

Salt and pepper (to taste)

1 cup (4 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

Saltine cracker crumbs (use about 1 sleeve)

Optional toppings: Potato chips

Buttered 1 1/2 quart baking dish

You can make this recipe by:

Layering half the tomatoes, salt, pepper, half the cheese and one-third of the butter in the baking dish.

Repeat the layers and cover with cracker crumbs.

Dot with the remaining butter.

Cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Yield: 4-6 servings

(Photo by me! Creative Commons License applied.)

Maria Verde--green

Maria Verde--green

"Green Mary" Drink Recipe

A Healthy Bloody Mary Recipe using green tomatoes!

The following summery cocktail is like a Bloody Mary, but instead of being red it is-----GREEN!


4 green tomatoes, chopped

5 green tomatillos, chopped

1 celery stalk

3 mint leaves

1 jalapeno, seeded

5 jarred olives

1/2 cup olive juice (from olive jar)

1 cup orange juice

2 oz lemon juice Fresh horseradish, grated, to taste

12 oz vodka

In a blender, puree all ingredients except vodka. Add vodka to the mixture, then serve in highball glasses. Garnish with celery or mint, if desired.


Calories per serving: 208

This recipe is reproduced here with permission from Summer Drinks--Women's Health

Image of the Maria Verde - The Green Bloody Mary, is located at New World Review; there is also another recipe there that you could try using tomatillos and green tomatoes.

Detail of poster for "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"

Detail of poster for "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"

Nutritional Analysis of a Raw Green Tomato:

Why green tomatoes are healthy!

Good points:

* Very low in saturated fat

* No cholesterol

* High in dietary fiber

* High in iron

* High in manganese

* High in magnesium

* High in niacin

* Very high in pantothenic acid

* High in phosphorus

* Very high in potassium

* High in thiamin

* Very high in vitamin A

* High in vitamin B6

* Very high in vitamin C

Bad points:

* Very high in sugar

Source: calorie count - a free service of

Image is a detail of poster for "Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe" movie available at

fried green tomatoes

fried green tomatoes

Fannie Flagg's recipe for fried green tomatoes is from Recipe from "Loaves and Fishes II; Recipes From the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay" by St. Paul's Episcopal

The yummy photo is adapted from Flickr user millermz.

Cook Time

Prep Time: not long if you have done it before!

Total Time: improves with experience!

Serves: 6 to 8


  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 to 8 green tomatoes - cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • cornstarch--optional


  1. Mix egg and buttermilk in a shallow dish
  2. Mix flour, cornmeal and salt in another shallow dish
  3. Working in batches:
  4. Tip: rub some cornstarch on the green tomato slices before going to the egg mixture.
  5. Dip tomato slices into egg mixture (let excess drip back into dish)
  6. Coat with flour mixture
  7. Fry in hot bacon drippings in large heavy skillet until brown - turn only once
  8. Transfer to colander to drain.

Cast Iron Skillet is the BEST for making fried green tomatoes!

Watch an Expert Make Fried Green Tomatoes: - Green Tomatoes: fry 'em up!

A different but similar recipe for fried green tomatoes is being used in this video. It never hurts to get more tips or recipes. You will need to go to another website ( to get the ingredients.

For Fried Green Tomatoes, I recommend:

1. Dip your finished fried green tomatoes in ranch or blue cheese dressing!

2. Use a cast iron skillet for frying the coated green tomatoes.

Living in the southern USA, I have seen green tomatoes used in all sorts of recipes. I was so surprised that those green globes are such a sweet treat. What do you or will you do with green tomatoes? I challenge you to try using this wonderful food soon.

© 2009 Mickie Gee

Which green tomato recipe of mine will you be trying? - Feel free to share your own recipes, too, for green tomatoes.

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on August 03, 2014:

I wish green tomatoes were easier to find here.

Mickie Gee (author) on September 23, 2013:

@Charlino99: The green tomato casserole is my favorite recipe.

Tonie Cook from USA on September 21, 2013:

I love this! GREAT source for green tomato recipes!

SamiPearl on August 07, 2013:

Definitely going to try the pasta sauce! Here's my favorite Fried Green Tomato Recipe:

laurenrich on March 23, 2013:

I love fried green tomatoes. Thanks for the other green tomatoes recipes.

Mickie Gee (author) on November 16, 2012:

@Johanna Eisler: I will be picking the last of my unripe tomatoes today.

Mickie Gee (author) on November 16, 2012:

@tyhulse: I have a basket of green tomatoes that will become sauce today! I cannot believe that it is November and I still have a tomato vine that has tomatoes growing. It will be in the 30's tonight, so I think the growing season here in the south is coming to an end.

tyhulse on November 15, 2012:

My family eats spaghetti constantly and with gallons of green tomato's at the end of the season I'm excited to see I can make sauce with them.

Ramona from Arkansas on November 04, 2012:

I've only eaten fried green tomatoes and love them. Great lens!

Takkhis on November 01, 2012:

Actually i like green tomato.

Johanna Eisler on October 27, 2012:

I must try these. The weather is starting to cool off, and I have a couple hundred green tomatoes on my plants! Thank you!

waihou on October 22, 2012:

I love the recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Mickie Gee (author) on October 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for the personalization and report about how you did with this recipe! I found that it froze well with the cheese, too.

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

The Green Tomato Pasta Sauce was excellent! We added a bit more garlic the 2nd time, but it's versitle and good tasting. We even canned it after the blender step so that we have quick suppers by just opening the jar, adding the cheese & whatever else we have that evening and heating. Thanks much!

Mickie Gee (author) on October 09, 2012:

@mariasconsulting: I am going to make the Green Tomato Casserole today. The weather is turning cooler so those green globes need to be picked and used.

mariasconsulting on October 08, 2012:

Thank you for this lens. I love fried green tomatoes and have a basket ready for dinner tomorrow - yum!

Dusty2 LM on October 01, 2012:

Nice lens. Luv fried green tomatoes. The cocktail sounds interesting as i enjoy a good Bloody Mary on a leisurely Sunday morning with brunch.

blue22d on October 01, 2012:

I love tomatoes and you have given so many great ideas here in your lens. I just want to say, I Squid Love it!

anonymous on September 21, 2012:

Lots of uses for green tomatoes. Thanks for recipes. I am interested to try Green Mary.

Mickie Gee (author) on September 09, 2012:

@chas65: Actually, I think the fried green tomatoes at "The Irondale Cafe" are over-rated. Try the PawPaw Patch on Greensprings Highway in Homewood. They are terrific.

chas65 on September 08, 2012:

We just recently moved to the southeast and I experienced my first fried green tomatoes where they filmed the movie.

Ahdilarum on August 31, 2012:

Well. Fabulous tips about how to use green tomatoes... Keep going..

Mickie Gee (author) on August 27, 2012:

@Aster56: I hope you enjoy it! That is my favorite recipe on this page and it is very easy to prepare!

Aster56 on August 26, 2012:

Very nice lens. I will try the green tomato casserole.

Mickie Gee (author) on August 17, 2012:

@Sylvestermouse: I made the green tomato casserole yesterday. My husband loves it.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 16, 2012:

This is wonderful! My husband love green tomatoes and the only recipe I have ever tried is for fried green tomatoes. I bet he will love these green tomato recipes.

glowchick on August 16, 2012:

These look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

casquid on August 10, 2012:

Congratulations on LOTD!!

casquid on August 10, 2012:

Great recipe, I plan to make some from the garden tomatoes at my house! Thanks for your recipe, I like the sound of it, better than my own. And. . .The Remoulade sauce is "On Point"!

anonymous on August 09, 2012:

@julieannbrady: I've got it in the oven right now, smells LOVELY!

Rom from Australia on August 09, 2012:

Never heard of green tomato sauce. Something to try next time, thx.

caketech on August 02, 2012:

Fried green tomatoes have always been a favorite of mine.

julieannbrady on April 25, 2012:

Well dog-gone it but that green tomato casserole does look mighty enticing.

glutenallergy on April 15, 2012:

Only recently did I try green tomatoes for the first time. It was fried green tomatoes. I'm not a fan of tomatoes, but I admit that I did enjoy those. Not at all what I expected!

NAIZA LM on April 14, 2012:

These are a yummy recipe to try on! Yes, I want to try to fried tomatoes as well. ~Blessed by a Squid Angel.:)

Paperclip LM on March 23, 2012:

I eaten fried green tomatoes since I was a child, but sure would like to try some of your other recipes.

VisFeminea on March 21, 2012:

I want to try Fried Green Tomatoes ;)

orange3 lm on March 17, 2012:

Great sounding recipes. I'm going to try the Green Tomato Casserole first.

Beverly Lemley from Raleigh, NC on March 16, 2012:

Great lense! I love green tomatoes ~ thanks for the great recipes, especially the gluten free tomato sauce! The Green Tomato casserole really looks good! Thanks! B : )

Sheila from Omaha, NE on November 27, 2011:

Blessings to you from a Squid Angel on a fabulous lens!! I love fried green tomatoes, I grow tomatoes, and I plan on making your Green Tomato Pasta Sauce next time I have a supply!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on November 17, 2011:

Your Green Tomato Casserole Recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for adding it to my Casserole lens.

MorningShine on November 12, 2011:

I never would have thought to make green pasta sauce. I'll have to try that next summer when I have green tomatoes again.

tammikibler on November 08, 2011:

I think I will try the pasta sauce. The green Marys look interesting too.

cwstocks lm on November 07, 2011:

This is a great lens. We live in MT and many years the growing season is just not long enough to really ripen our tomatoes. Never even considered a "Green Mary".

Jackie Block from SE Michigan on November 06, 2011:

What great ideas. I hate wasting those green tomatoes. Thanks for sharing.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 20, 2011:

I grew up on fried green tomatoes, because my heritage is Southern. Great lens!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on October 16, 2011:

I love green tomato recipes. It's a good thing too. I've got a ton of them to use right now. I've canned green tomato pickles and have enough of those now. You have some wonderful recipes here .. I'm dying to try the 'Green Mary' drink recipe. Blesses by an Angel.

anonymous on October 11, 2011:

Casserole and watch an expert.

Violin-Student on September 20, 2011:

I'm embarrassed to say that I'd never had fried green tomatoes until last year. And with all the tomatoes we grew in my yard growing up, I would have had them daily during the summer! Thanks for this page.

-Art Haule

moonlitta on August 28, 2011:

Mom makes delicious green tomatoes jam, but I guess you've met the recipe. Tell me in case you haven't:)

LeanneOkamoto on August 13, 2011:

My plants got attacked by powdery mildew this season so I was left with about 20 lbs of green tomatoes. I made green tomato mincemeat and it came out great. Perfect for mincemeat pies and tarts (original recipes for mincemeat call for beef suet hence the "meat" in the name. I've substituted vegetable oil for the suet with no significant taste difference.) Thanks for the great recipes. I'll have to try some of those next season.

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on July 24, 2011:

Thanks for the recipes. I will need these at the end of the growing season. Last year our plants were packed with unripened green tomatoes and these recipes would have been perfect.

wayne_luvinlife on July 12, 2011:

The Green Tomato Casserole recipe sound delicious! Although, fried green tomatoes are a personal favorite, I like to try new things. Thank you for sharing these!

Mickie Gee (author) on July 01, 2011:

@zulfahmir92: I try to use grow tomatoes organically whenever possible. Right now I am conducting a comparison experiment using Dynamite Flower/Vegetable 2# and Fertilome Tomato & Vegetable Food to grow tomatoes and vegetables in containers. Both containers are doing exceptionally well.

zulfahmir92 on July 01, 2011:

what do you think about organic tomatoes??

Mickie Gee (author) on June 11, 2011:

@MomwithAHook LM: Thanks for the compliment on my photos. Sometimes it can be a challenge taking pictures with one hand while cooking. It is a wonder that I have not dropped the camera in a boiling pot!

Wedding Mom on April 25, 2011:

My nephew loves to eat tomatoes, cooked or raw! He sure will love fried green tomatoes, I will use this method on how to make one! Great lens!

Sara Duggan from California on March 08, 2011:

Loved the photos on this lens. Here's a virtual string of Mardi Gras beads for you! Taking your own photos and using them in this lens really showed you cared about your topic. Kuddos.

Mickie Gee (author) on January 01, 2011:

@Joy Neasley: Salsa! That sounds like a good one! Must play around with making up a recipe. Surprisingly, green tomatoes are quite sweet! I bet that the combination of sweet and spicy would be wonderful.

Mickie Gee (author) on January 01, 2011:

@ChrisDay LM: Thanks! I hope you have plenty of ripe and green tomatoes to use in 2011!

ChrisDay LM on December 31, 2010:

Green tomatoes are great - I've favourited this ready for next year's crop.

Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on December 17, 2010:

I love fried green tomatoes. My favorite green tomato recipe is my grandmothers Green tomato salsa. I wish I had that one.

KDimmick on December 16, 2010:

Blessed by an angel :)

TheyCallMeVarmit on December 10, 2010:

There's not many things better than a good fried green tomato. Great lens...had my tummy!

anonymous on December 01, 2010:

Evver since I saw the movie I've always wanted to know how to make fried green tomatoes - thanks! =)

anonymous on November 26, 2010:

I have to admit as intrigued as I've always been, I've never actually made anything with green tomatoes. After reading your informative lens, that's going to change. I really like the thought of your green tomato casserole. Wish me luck!

lovelylashes on November 24, 2010:

So unique and interesting!

BodiEko on November 20, 2010:

It looks delicious!

egad apparel from Philadelphia on November 07, 2010:

Hi! :)

purewealth on October 28, 2010:

Wow, this is awesome. I heard so much about fried green tomatoes, but never have tried one. will do after this. Good work.

Chubblytheaviator on October 24, 2010:

Lovely! If you want to check out a traditional Scotish recipe Green tomato chutney recipe, take a look here for a free download. And I can confirm that it's bloomin delicious. Enjoy

anonymous on October 21, 2010:

I never thought of making pasta sauce with my green tomatoes. Thanks. My 3 year tends to pick them off way too early.

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on October 21, 2010:

I'm one of those weird people who don't like tomatoes, but if you can hide them well I'll give the recipe a try ;) Congrats on LOTD!

hsschulte on October 20, 2010:

You know I love having organic tomatoes in our garden. You don't get much more local. This year, my boys did just what you mentioned above and got overzealous and picked green ones. Thanks for the recipes!

kimmanleyort on October 19, 2010:

I have never cooked with green tomatoes but these recipes look wonderful! Congrats on the LOTD.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 18, 2010:

Very good lens! I used to have lots of green tomatoes (and lots of red ones too) when I lived on a farm and grew lots of ... well, everything. I did the fried green 'maters a lot, but I wish I'd seen some of these recipes back then.

anonymous on October 17, 2010:

Great recipes! Love the green tomato casserole!

gia combs-ramirez from Montana on October 16, 2010:

Green Tomato Casserole looks yummy!

Diane1 LM on October 16, 2010:

This is a very interesting lenses, and the info well presented.

I have enjoyed reading it, and I have been informed.

Best wishes,


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Ashly Rain on October 15, 2010:

Love this! I cook often, but have never cooked with green tomatoes. Not actually sure about their availability here in the Boston area. If I can find them, I'll give your pasta sauce and casserole both a shot. Squid Angel blessings here!

tssfacts on October 04, 2010:

I learned to eat green tomatoes from my Dad. But he wouldn't touch a red one ever. I now eat both kinds and enjoy them both.

jgelien on October 02, 2010:

When i was a kid my mom used to make fried green tomatoes which I actually liked. once in a while one would be on the sour side and I didn't care for those as much. A friend of mine used to make green tomato pie and other than the texture it looked and tasted like apple pie. Thank you for providing even more recipe ideas. I plan on trying them. Great lens.

termit_bronx on October 01, 2010:

Green tomatoes? I didn't know that they exists :) Great lens!

TheyCallMeVarmit on September 30, 2010:

I eat them fried and in a relish. The casserole recipe here sounds wonderful, as does the sauce. Will have to try them. Nice lens!

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CarReviewsOnline on September 26, 2010:

Nothing like fried Green Tomatoes with a little zesty ranch...

Moments with Wanda on September 25, 2010:

Hello.......I had to come back again........And, I thank you for the G T C....I let u know how it turns out......THX!!!!

AdriennePetersen on September 23, 2010:

Thanks for the great green tomato recipes, I'm ending up with way more green tomatoes than red this year! Congrats on LOTD, well deserved!

norma-holt on September 22, 2010:

Congrats on LOTD. These recipes are just what I need as I always end up with green tomatoes at the end of the season,. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and alson on Pickles. Great work

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on September 22, 2010:

This is truly a wonderful lens/page. The pictures are topnotch, the colors vibrant and pleasure to read. Let's use those green tomatoes, yummmm. Oh, and green tomato balloons to you for LotD.

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on September 21, 2010:

Great ideas and very timely...a storm just knocked down two branches off of my patio tomato plant. Thanks for the info. Great job and public service!

hayleylou lm on September 21, 2010:

Congrats on LOTD, some great recipes here, thumbs up :)

DebMartin on September 21, 2010:

What an outstanding lens. Beautifully done. Clean. No clutter. Great pics. And I now want more green tomatoes! Thanks.

TnFlash on September 21, 2010:

Great Lens! I love Fried Green Tomatoes and this looked like a really good recipe. I'm going to try it.

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2010:

Congrats on LOTD ~ you did a wonderful job in showing how to make good use of green tomatoes and explaining all the benefits! :)

Robin S from USA on September 21, 2010:

Congratulations on LotD!!!

tripler5064 lm on September 21, 2010:

I love fried green tomatoes. I haven't had them for years. Planted a garden for the first time in years and it is almost done, but there are greens ones left. I think I'll have my wife make some.

MysticLady on September 21, 2010:

YUM! That sounds very appitizing. Thank you for sharing it with me. My best friend has a lot of tomato plants and its producing more then she knows what to do with. I know this will help, so thanks again.

susankristoff on September 21, 2010:

In past years I've made fried green tomatoes and canned up some piccalilli. I'm looking for new ideas for when I pull in all of the tomatoes before the frost. Thanks for the recipes!

poppy mercer from London on September 21, 2010:

Just what I needed as I have tons of green tomatoes this year. Congratulations on LOTD, well deserved and timely.

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