Fried Green Tomatoes is a super cute movie from the early 1990’s. If you live in the south, you’re probably well aware of the delicacy that inspired the movie. Other regions, however, aren’t as well known for for this crispy-coated appetizer made with unripe tomatoes.
A trip to the farmer’s market in the spring and summer got us thinking… what could we do to use up the bounty of green tomatoes covering the tables, and how could we do it with the 131 stamp of approval? With just a handful of ingredients, they’re pretty easy to whip up. Just be sure to have some avocado oil on hand for healthier frying, and a good-quality almond meal (not almond flour). (Do you know our favorite flours subs? If not, almond meal tops the list. Check it out here.
That’s pretty much all you need to make this fried green tomatoes recipe at home!
Curious if there are any great health benefits in green tomatoes? Yep! Some surprising ones, in fact…
- Green tomatoes contain a compound that may assist muscle building
- This compound protects against future muscle atrophy
- Green tomatoes are rich in tomatidine (which the researchers say stimulates growth in human muscle cells)
- One large tomato is about 42 calories
- Rich in antioxidants
- Provides half the recommended daily amount of vitamin C for women
- Contains 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving.
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Fried Green TomatoesPrint Recipe
- 2 medium - large green tomatoes
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1½ cups almond meal
- 1½ tablespoons tapioca flour
- 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅓ cup avocado oil
- Slice ends off each tomato. Cut tomato into 4 to 6 slices, or about ¼-inch thick. Lay on paper towels and sprinkle both sides with salt to draw out the moisture. Let sit for 15 minutes, then blot dry.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and water.
- Add almond meal through pepper into another shallow bowl and whisk well.
- Heat half the oil in a large pan until bubbling over medium. Dip each tomato into the egg wash(you’ll have some left over), and then coat both sides with almond meal mixture. Lay into the oil and fry half the batch for 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and tender(reduce heat, if needed so that the coating doesn’t become too dark). Repeat with remaining oil and tomatoes.
- Serve with spicy avocado mayo, if desired.
Calories: 304 | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Carbs: 11g | Fiber: 3.5g | Net Carbs: 7.5g