Recipe courtesy of Lynn Crawford

Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Mayonnaise

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Basil Mayonnaise:

2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fried Green Tomatoes:

4 green tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal


  1. For the basil mayonnaise: Pulse the basil, mayonnaise, lemon juice and mustard in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  2. For the fried tomatoes: Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow dish. Whisk together the buttermilk and hot sauce in another shallow dish. Whisk together the panko and cornmeal in a third shallow dish. Working with 1 slice of tomato at a time, coat the tomato first in the flour, then in the buttermilk and then finally in the cornmeal. Repeat this process with the remaining slices.
  3. Add enough vegetable oil to a large skillet to coat the bottom and heat over medium to medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry the tomato slices until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve the tomatoes warm with the basil mayonnaise.
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