Fried Green Tomatoes Without Cornmeal Recipe

Fried Green Tomatoes without Cornmeal

If you have a bunch of green tomatoes on hand, so it’s time to fry them up for an old-fashioned fried green tomatoes recipe! And what better topper for this southern dish than a bit of bacon?

The bacon adds savory saltiness to the sweeter tomato. Unlike many bacon and fried green tomato recipes, you can use batter without cornmeal. Many people don’t have cornmeal in their kitchens, but they may have these ingredients, which include cornmeal substitutes of breadcrumbs and panko.

Here’s how to make easy bacon and fried green tomatoes without cornmeal. They are delicious!


  • 2 green tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp cracked pepper
  • 6 slices bacon
  • Avocado oil
fried green tomatoes recipe without cornmeal
Fry green tomatoes with a multi-step assembly line-type process.


  • Heat oil in pan with medium heat (such as avocado oil)
  • Slice the green tomatoes
  • Beat egg in a bowl
  • In separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs, panko, paprika, garlic salt and cracked pepper
  • Dip sliced green tomatoes into beaten egg, then breadcrumb mixture
  • Fry coated tomato slices in pan until golden brown on both sides
  • Drain on paper towels
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon
  • Top fried green tomato with crispy bacon and serve warm
Fried green tomatoes without cornmeal
Perfectly fried green tomatoes — without cornmeal!

Pro tip: To save time, you can bake your bacon at 350 degrees on a baking sheet. Flip halfway for a total cooking time of approximately 30 minutes.


Bacon Topped Fried Green Tomatoes

Take advantage of fresh green tomatoes with this fried green tomato recipe.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4


  • Frying pan
  • Baking Sheet


  • 2 Green Tomatoes
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic salt
  • ½ tsp Cracked pepper
  • 6 slices Bacon
  • Avocado Oil
  • 1 cup Panko Crumbs


  • Heat oil in pan with medium heat
  • Slice green tomatoes
  • Beat egg in a bowl
  • Mix breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic salt and cracked pepper in separate bowl
  • Coat sliced green tomatoes in beaten egg, then bread crumb mixture
  • Fry green tomatoes until golden brown on both sides
  • Drain on paper towels
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon (I bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes)
  • Top fried green tomatoes with a half slice of crispy bacon and serve warm

Other Ways to Use Bacon and Fried Green Tomatoes

Aside from a simple side dish or snack, you can make fried green tomatoes and pair it with bacon in other ways. One popular way to combine these two is with a fried green tomato BLT, a twist on the classic BLT.

As you can guess, you can build your typical BLT sandwhich with toasted bread, lettuce, bacon and a slice of fried green tomato. Try a condiment like mayo, mustard or smashed avocado.

Or, for an hors d’oeuvre, cut each slice of tomato into four pieces and top with a quarter piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick for the perfect bite.

How to Cook Green Tomatoes Without Frying

If you want to avoid frying green tomatoes, you do have options for cooking them in other ways. You can use an air fryer or an oven instead of cooking them in hot oil.

Baking Green Tomatoes In An Oven

To bake green tomatoes, follow the same steps for frying green tomatoes. But instead of tossing the battered green tomatoes into a pan, lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes (until you see a nice golden crust). Flip them halfway through baking.

Cooking Green Tomatoes in an Air Fryer

To cook green tomatoes in an air fryer, follow the same steps for battering as you would for fried green tomatoes. Then, instead of tossing them in a pan, put them in the air fryer for about 12 minutes or until they reach that deep golden color.

Can You Freeze Green Tomatoes and Fry Them Later?

You can freeze green tomatoes to use later such as for fried green tomato recipes, but they are better fresh. Green tomatoes are much firmer than red tomatoes, so they are better for both frying and freezing, as they will hold their shape.

What to Do with Frozen Green Tomatoes

You can use frozen green tomatoes in a number of ways, such as for making fried green tomatoes. You can thaw them out and use them in relishes or salsas or any other recipe that calls for them. And you can eat frozen green tomatoes directly. If you have green tomatoes in your garden, pick them before it freezes to avoid repeat freezing and thawing.

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