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Southwestern Fried Green Tomatoes

A Southwestern take in a classic southern dish! Topped with a roasted corn and nopales relish, this appetizer will have you thinking about the desert in no time!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword fried green tomatoes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 836 kcal
Author ijustmakesandwiches


  • 4 medium green tomatoes sliced into 4 slices each
  • Flour for breading
  • ½ tsp chile powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs pulsed in food processor until fine crumb
  • 3 eggs and a splash of milk for egg wash


  • 1 ear corn roasted and kernels removed from cob
  • 1 nopales roasted and thorns removed, smalled diced
  • 4 small sweet peppers roasted and skins removed, small diced
  • 2 tbsp pickled mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp lime juice



  1. Prepare relish items as instructed and mix together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside until tomatoes are ready.

Frying Tomatoes

  1. In a large skillet, cast iron preferable, bring frying oil to 350 degrees. Fill the pan about halfway with oil, allowing for expansion of oil when tomatoes are dropped in.
  2. Set up a breading station for the tomatoes. In a shallow pan, combine flour and seasonings together. In another shallow pan, mix together eggs and milk. In the last pan, place the fine panko crumbs and even out in a single layer.
  3. Take the tomato slices and completely cover with the spiced flour. Shake off excess and dip into the egg wash. Remove from the egg wash and cover, evenly with fine panko.
  4. Fry tomatoes in the hot oil until tomatoes are golden brown, flipping over halfway through. About 5 minutes total. Remove tomatoes from the oil and season with salt. Allow tomatoes to drain excess oil on a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Serve immediately and garnish with relish and cilantro leaves.

Recipe Notes

Use the pickled mustard seeds in this relish from my Braised Pork Belly recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Fried Green Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 836 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 491mg 164%
Sodium 1328mg 55%
Potassium 2643mg 76%
Total Carbohydrates 120g 40%
Dietary Fiber 21g 84%
Sugars 50g
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 386.9%
Vitamin C 890.3%
Calcium 31.5%
Iron 64.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.