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Fried green tomatoes on corn and tomato saute on a white plate

Fried Green Tomatoes on Corn and Tomato Sauté

Course: Southern
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Fried green tomatoes, Green Tomatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 480kcal
Fried green tomatoes on corn and tomato saute are pure Southern perfection! I'm telling you, farm fresh veggies for the corn and tomato saute (also known as Maque Choux) are amazing. Green tomatoes are hard to the touch at first, but lightly fried to yummy perfection. The combination of flavors is out of this world!
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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 poblano chile seeded and minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
  • tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes diced, or 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 4 fresh bay leaves 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • cups water
  • 3 cups kernels from fresh corn about 5 ears...or frozen corn
  • 7 basil leaves roughly chopped


  • 2 green tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs Panko version, if you can find them
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When the butter starts to sizzle, add the onion, poblano, jalapeno, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Saute for 5 minutes, stirring, until the vegetables are softened.
  • Add the tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and water, and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down.
  • Add the corn and simmer, until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in basil.
  • While the corn simmers, heat the oil (either in your deep fryer, or in a large skillet at about 2 inches high) to 350 F, or test with a small piece of bread...when tossed in, if sizzles immediately...it's ready...but if burns quickly, turn down the heat and wait a few minutes.
  • Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and liberally season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the flour, buttermilk, and bread crumbs in individual bowls.
  • One at a time, dip the tomato slices first in the flour, then in the buttermilk, and then in the bread crumbs.
  • Fry the tomatoes on each side until golden all over, about 2 minutes per side (this will vary, keep a close eye, don't let burn).
  • Spoon some of the warm corn/tomato saute (Maque Choux) onto plates or shallow bowls.
  • Top with fried green tomato (1 or 2, per plate).


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1807mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1874IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 5mg