Mobile Bayou Crispy Green Tomatoes


Immerse yourself in a timeless culinary journey with our Mobile Bayou Crispy Green Tomatoes, a cherished recipe that breathes life into the nostalgic kitchens of Southern Alabama.

Each crunchy bite of this golden delicacy unlocks a burst of tart freshness from the vibrant green tomato heart, whisking you away to memories of sun-drenched summer afternoons spent on the porch.

Carefully coated in a blanket of perfectly seasoned cornmeal, these slices strike a captivating contrast between a crackling exterior and soft, juicy interior.

Drenched in a homemade dipping sauce – where the sizzle of heat waltzes with a vibrant splash of lemon – each morsel paints a vivid canvas of enchanting flavors.

Be it a heartwarming starter or a comforting side, these fried green tomatoes aren’t just a dish, but a celebration of the cherished, comforting food memories etched in the soulful heritage of Mobile, Alabama’s culinary tradition.

Mobile Bayou Crispy Green Tomatoes

Recipe by YKYAFMADifficulty: Easy


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  • 4 medium-sized green tomatoes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup cornmeal or breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Oil, for frying

  • For the Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice the green tomatoes into about 1/4-inch thick rounds.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the flour with a pinch of salt and pepper. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs. In a third bowl, mix together the cornmeal or breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika.n both sides and serve hot.
  • One at a time, dredge each tomato slice in the flour, shaking off the excess. Then dip in the egg mixture, ensuring both sides are well coated. Finally, dredge them in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumbs onto both sides. Place the coated tomato slices on a baking sheet.
  • In a large skillet, heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Carefully place a few tomato slices into the skillet. Don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried tomatoes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining tomato slices, adding more oil to the pan if necessary.
  • To make the dipping sauce, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the fried green tomatoes warm, with the dipping sauce on the side.

Helpful Tips

  • Choose the Right Tomatoes: Green tomatoes aren’t just unripe red tomatoes. They’re actually a different variety. Look for firm tomatoes with a bright green color.
  • Slice Thickness: Be consistent with your slicing. If the slices are too thick, the outside will brown before the inside has cooked. Too thin, and the tomato can become mushy.
  • Dry Tomatoes: Pat your tomato slices dry before dredging them. This will help the flour stick better.
  • Breading: Make sure the tomatoes are fully coated in each step of the breading process. This will give you a more uniform and crispier crust.
  • Rest Before Frying: Allow breaded tomatoes to rest for a few minutes before frying. This helps the breading to adhere better to the tomatoes.
  • Oil Temperature: Make sure your oil is hot enough before adding the tomatoes. The oil should sizzle when a drop of water or a small piece of bread is dropped into it.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: This can lower the oil temperature and make the tomatoes soak up more oil, becoming greasy.
  • Drain Well: Use a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil after frying. This will help keep your fried green tomatoes crispy.
  • Serving: Fried green tomatoes are best served fresh and hot. However, if you need to keep them warm for a short period, you can place them on a wire rack in a low-temperature oven.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to experiment with different spices in your breading or different flavors in your dipping sauce to suit your personal taste.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1 Serving (1/4 of total recipe)
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 550

% Daily Value*

  • Total Fat 18g: 23%
    • Saturated Fat 3g: 15%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 55mg: 18%
  • Sodium 600mg: 26%
  • Total Carbohydrate 48g: 17%
    • Dietary Fiber 4g: 14%
    • Total Sugars 8g
      • Includes 0g Added Sugars: 0%
  • Protein 10g
  • Vitamin D 1mcg: 5%
  • Calcium 80mg: 6%
  • Iron 3mg: 17%
  • Potassium 370mg: 8%

Dipping Sauce

  • Serving Size: Approximately 2 tablespoons
  • Servings Per Recipe: 16

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 150

% Daily Value*

  • Total Fat 16g: 21%
    • Saturated Fat 2.5g: 13%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 10mg: 3%
  • Sodium 150mg: 7%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g: 0%
    • Dietary Fiber 0g: 0%
    • Total Sugars 1g
      • Includes 0g Added Sugars: 0%
  • Protein 0g
  • Vitamin D 0mcg: 0%
  • Calcium 10mg: 1%
  • Iron 0mg: 0%
  • Potassium 5mg: 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Please note that these are estimates and the actual nutritional content may vary based on the exact ingredients used and portion sizes.

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