Bobby’s Lighter Fried Green Tomatoes

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Bobby’s Lighter Fried Green Tomatoes Bobby’s Lighter Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe Courtesy of

1059 Fewer Calories
114g Less Carbs

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

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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.

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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

Nutritional Information: 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

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Grateful to Paula for her fantastic recipes. I plan to use the original recipe for my green tomatoes this evening but its great to know that they can be done another way.

By Isaac on July 27, 2013


I don't understand if your rating scale is great at 1 or 5, but I love Paula Deen, & look for her son's recipes on, Not My Mother's Meals, because I also am diabetic! Love her peach pie/cobbler.

By georgia on July 09, 2013


I've never made or had fried green tomatoes before, but decided this would be a good way to use up some of our pre-freeze bounty. These lighter fried green tomatoes cooked up great and looked beautiful, but they were very "sour." Neither I nor my husband could eat them. Did I do something wrong? I still have some tomatoes left and would be willing to give it another go if someone could give some advice.

By DJ on October 10, 2012


Went to your paula dean's buffet,Awesome the best i've ever ate at! so much to pik from,out standing!!1.i had the fried tomatoes and could not get enough of them!! fried srimp!11yumm yumm you cant find them that great anywhere!!I had the best time and dinner there,thats for being soooo good at what you do!! sherry from kentucky

By sherry on April 21, 2012


I just got done eating Paula Deen's Peach cobbler my mother made... oh so yummy!!! I use so many of the recipes that my cook books are wearing out. I get so many compliments on all the dishes I make from my cookbooks. Ate at the restaurant once back in 2005 and I want to get back down there. Oh my goodness... the best!!!!

By Karen Raines on August 19, 2011


I love Paula and her family. they are southern folk like my family and I love the recipes. She makes some good hommade recipes that come in handy when you want to make something simple or extravangant! Keep up the good work paula, I try to never miss your show.

By Rose Marie on August 14, 2011


Absolutely love watching your TV shows, as soon as I see ya'all doing a receipe I'd like to make, I look it up on your website and save it in my favorites. Everything I've made so far as been delicious and I thank you for all you do to make cooking be so much fun!!!

By MaryKay McCowan on July 13, 2011


I was raised on fried green tomatoes. They were always breaded with corn meal. These sound wonderful. I can't wait to try them. Please don't put any flour on my fried green tomatoes.

By carole on June 23, 2011


Love this recipe and here are some variations. Add a little white flour and cornstarch to the cornmeal for added crunch and texture. I was lucky to find green romas at the store and bought them all ! There is less problem with mushyness in Romas and of course the great flavor. Slice,salt and let sit to draw out extra water and bitterness. Buttermilk is a great idea for a lower fat content. I add a pinch of cayenne (no salt) to the flour mixture for a little snap. Flour the tomatoes first then dip in egg/milk then flour again carefully place in the deep fryer that has been heated to 400 degress. This is quicker and the tomatoes don't just sit in fat and get greasy and they don't burn. Drain and serve with homemade Thousand Island dressing. MMMmmmmmmmm! Enjoy!

By I_Fortuna on February 17, 2011


I love fried green tomatoes, my Granny would make them for me every sunday after church during my summer's in Arkansas. She had twenty-four great grandchildren, and some how she found time to do something special with each one of us. These tasted like her's and as a young mother I was glad to have a lighter recipe.

By Anonymous on April 27, 2010


Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm! Just love it. Good recipe.

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By Anonymous on November 17, 2009

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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