Bobby’s Lighter Fried Green Tomatoes

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Bobby’s Lighter Fried Green Tomatoes

By Bobby Deen

1059 Fewer Calories
114g Less Carbs

Fried Green Tomatoes

1059 Fewer Calories
114g Less Carbs
54g Less Sugar

1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 egg white
10 drops hot sauce (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 cup cornmeal  
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 large green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1 1/2 pounds)

Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray.

Combine buttermilk, egg white, and hot sauce in a medium bowl. Mix cornmeal and salt in a pie dish. Dip the tomato slices into the buttermilk mixture, then into the cornmeal, gently turning to coat.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the tomato slices in a single layer and cook until browned on one side, 3 – 4 minutes.

Transfer the slices, browned-side up, to the cookie sheet. Lightly spray the tomatoes with nonstick spray. Bake until the tomatoes are golden brown on both sides, about 8 minutes. Wipe the skillet clean and repeat with the remaining oil, and tomato slices.
Serve hot.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 6 servings
Per Serving: 137 Cal; 4 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 24 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 38 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 338 mg Sodium; 1 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Dean and the Paula Deen test kitchen

Test Kitchen Note: about 5 (1/4-inch-thick slices per tomato), 2 ½ tomato slices per serving

Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.

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Hi Paula, Its great seeing your recipes along with bobby's. When will they put u back on television. Its a shame that everybody else is forgiven and u still trying to make a comeback. You asked for forgiveness and oh well . Won't say anymore. But i do hope u can comeback to tv. Suggestion get your own station.

By Anonymous on April 04, 2014


Hi, Paula. It's so good to see you again. I'm back to collecting your recipes along with Bobby's. Just copied the Baked Chicken with Dijon and Lime. Looks yummy,like his other recipes. Going to give it a whirl.Waiting for your announcement of your new "career." Can't wait.

By Ruth on March 09, 2014


Do you think this would work for okra too? just a thought

By glenna calvert on February 19, 2014


I am so happy to find gried green tomatoes southern style, I have tried different ways and the outside always comes off when cooking, I will now try the buttermilk, egg white, cornmeal, salt, and the cooking spray. thank you for this recipe

By mary fox on November 15, 2013


Loving fried green tomatoes. I will try this new recipe. Love you all.

By Paulina Riddle on July 10, 2013


Love you,girl! My husband and I have been watching you since 2002.My children also love you.Take care and keep your spirits up!!

By Gloria Martin on July 07, 2013


Thanks bobby for this awesome recipe ! I totally love fried green tomatoes ! Momma has taught you well ! Candy !

By Lecia Satterfield on May 10, 2013


I think you are the greatest. We are going to harrah's on may 26/2013 to see reba. Harrah's was booked up. We will staying at cherokee grand hotel.We are going to get to eat at your restuant. I can not hardly waite.LOVE YOU brenda

By Brenda Worley on April 01, 2013


bobby's lighter green tomatoes---great idea!!!!!!!

By bess haskins on March 27, 2013


Hi Paula, just wanted to comment on your weight loss, you look fantastic.Now to help you keep it off check out this site, We have a lot of people up in Canada wearing them and it helps with weight, osteoporosis, arthritis. I'm using one since I had a hip replacement, and my walking has much improved. Love your cookie recipes I will be trying some this Christmas. Wishing you and your family a Very Blessed Christmas. Love & God Bless

By Carol Mitchell on December 10, 2012


love your show , i would just eat your food 24 7 ,all i do is eat and watch your show and could eat the t v , love your show ,love u all ,

By cindy saint on November 28, 2012


hey mrs paula my name is kelly carbage i live in conway arkansas i love your one eyed sailor recipe i make it for my family on weekends i'm still i school i'm in the ninth grades my famliy love s them. I also fix them when my memaw comes to visit i have to fi extras cause she loves them. I wish some day i could be on your show. bye

By Anonymous on October 13, 2012


Lord have mercy boy! Genius...Love'em!

By JSC on July 10, 2011


I am so glad we are going to have a Paula Deen Restaurant near our town (Harrah's Cherokee, N.C.)My main comment is why can't we print The Lighten Up Recipes ? I have tried every thing to get them to print . Thanks Tell Paula great job and May the new restaurant be a great success. Linda Barnes

By Linda Barnes on January 11, 2011

I brought all my green tomatoes inside this week because of the frost on the ground. This will be the perfect recipe to try.  Thanks Bobby!

By Joyce Heitz-Cable on October 16, 2010

Just wanted to respond to Anne of Bala Cynwyd, PA.  I too have had trouble printing out the recipes but here’s a quick tip - copy the recipe and paste it into a word document and then print.  Hope this helps but it would be nice to just have a print option on the website!

By Carolyn Bates on October 13, 2010

We LOVE fried green tomatos!  I will definatley try this “lighter” recipe.

By jan hyde on October 13, 2010

Love these new Lighten Up recipes…but I can’t print of save them in my recipe box..Can you help with this?
Cheryl of AZ 10/12/10

By mjbmama on October 13, 2010

We were at “The Lady & Sons” and also at “Bubba’s”
on September 25th.  We had a great time!  Good food too!  Hope to return to Savannah again soon.

By Beverly O'Leary on October 12, 2010

The print version is available in our recipes section. You may also use the link below:

By Lisa the Admin on October 12, 2010

Hi—I would love to try some of the lighter recipies,  but can’t seem to print them off from the newsletter. Can you help? 

They all sound so good.

My friends tried the black bean lasagna at their party recently, and it was really good, but I couldn’t find it on the site.  Any help with that?

By Anne on October 12, 2010

Suggestion;  Why don’t you make a “print” version of the recipes available?

By Barbara Terry on October 12, 2010

I am so happy to see all these lightened up recipes Bobby created.since I’ve pretty much given up on all the foods Paula cooks & I use to cook.I have been missing out on that kind of cooking. Thank you Bobby I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes especially the fried green tomato’s & the tomato pie. Keep on lighten’m up for us. virginiaann

By virginia parrish on August 08, 2010

Paula & Bobby,

I love Paula’s recipes, but now that Bobby is lightening them up I can prepare them with the family more often without worrying I’m going to cause someone a heart problem. I love it.
Thanks so much!

By Stacy King on December 21, 2009

OMGosh! I’ve died and gone to Heaven!! Do these ever look wonderful. Thought I would never have a friend green tomato again, but now I will. Thanks again Bobby!!

By Betty Jo on December 16, 2009

Great lighter twist on an old favorite! 

Love Bobby’s new “Lighten Up” challenge ~ especially the nutritional information values.

By Nancy Gayle on November 07, 2009

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