Fried Green Tomatoes with Vidalia Onion Relish

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Fried Green Tomatoes with Vidalia Onion Relish Fried Green Tomatoes with Vidalia Onion Relish

A Southern-fried delicacy with Georgia sweetness.

Servings: 6 servings
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3 or 4 large firm green tomatoes
2 cups vegetable or peanut oil, for deep-frying
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups self-rising flour
Freshly ground black pepper

Vidalia Onion Relish:
2 white onions, diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped chives





Slice the tomatoes 1/4-inch thick. Lay them out in a shallow baking pan and sprinkle with salt. Place the tomato slices in a colander and allow time for salt to pull the water out of the tomatoes, approximately 30 minutes.

In a skillet, heat the oil for deep-frying over medium-high heat.

Dip the tomatoes into buttermilk, then dredge them into flour with a dash of pepper. Deep-fry until golden brown. Keep warm.

For the Vidalia Onion Relish:
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for a few hours.

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By Karen Pappas on December 06, 2013


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By Sandy Beasley on July 05, 2013


I love fried green tomatoes. I not only eat them as a side but use them on BLT's. Soooooo good!!!! Thanks for all the great recipes you have provided along with the encouragement you give to new cooks along to us older cooks! Families eating and cooking together is so very important! I will continue to support you and your family! LaWana Rasmussen

By LaWana Rasmussen on June 28, 2013


Being born and raised in the south I have picked green tomatoes with my mom in a field in a town called Ruskin, Florida as a child growing up. I can still to this day smell the aroma of my mothers fried green tomatoes throughout the house.

By CreativeCookie on November 06, 2012


This was a great recipe. This was my first time frying tomatoes, and they were perfect.

By Laquishaallison on September 25, 2012


Thank You Paula for sharing some of your recipes... Have watched you for years on the Food network, and have so enjoyed you... So love fried green tomatoes this time of year. Can't wait to give this recipe a try... Blessings to you..

By Patti A. Berg on September 15, 2012


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By Sandy on June 21, 2012


I have watch just about all of your shows and I think that your one of the best cooks around today I tried your green fried tomatoes and onions and made my green fried tomatoe sandwiches for me and my nephew who is a very picky eater I h he wanted more so I let him have my half of ad him try a bite and to my belief loved it and he wanted more so I gave him my half of a sandwich. he is 6 years old and he dose help me in the kitchen when I make simple recipes Paula thank you for the green fried tomato recipe

By Mary L McAfee on June 10, 2012


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By Karen Pappas on March 05, 2012


have been looking evey where for fried green tomato receip. Should. Have known a good southern girl would Know how. Thanks a bunch. Evelyn

By Evelyn williams on October 17, 2011


My 29 year old daughter and I ate your Fried Green Tomatoes and Vidalia Relish at your restaurant and I have made the tomates and the relish every year since. My daughter always says Mom, you need to make Paula's tomatoes and relish this year before the green tomatoes are all gone. We love love the recipe. To keep my vilalia onions longer, I do as my Daddy always did with apples and onions, I wrap them in newspaper and store them in my fridge in the crisper. They will last alot longer especially since we cannot get vidalia onions only once a year. My family calls me Judy Deen since I am always cooking and especially trying recipes of Paula's.

By Judy Robbins on October 05, 2011


Hi Liz, Yes, this is the same recipe that is used in The Lady & Sons.

By Jonathan Able on August 26, 2011


This relish is outstanding!!! I made it with the Fried Green Tomatoes and it was devoured! I had a friend over from the south, Kentucky, and he was amazed. I am making it again today and serving it with corn fritters!!!

By Carla Elbert on August 13, 2011


Is this the same as the lady and sons recipe?! I had Thierry fried green tomatoes with a dipping sauce there that was AMAZING! And I want to know if it's the sam, would love to make it!

By Liz on August 13, 2011


I agree with Glenna, I'm not a fan of breading. I use 1/2 flour, 1/2 corn meal and salt and pepper. Fry until golden on both sides. i think they have more tomato flavor.

By Marcia on July 31, 2011


I love your fried green tomatoes, but when trying them at the buffet in Tunica's Harrahs location, they seem to be dredged in mostly corn meal instead of flour. Which is correct?

By bennie massey on July 29, 2011


Just the recipe we needed! Green tomatoes galore! Delicious! The Vidalia onion relish put it over the top! Thank you! You are the best!

By Kat hi and Ken Barefoot on July 27, 2011


I am a 70 year old rookie cook , but I an going to try youir recipe, sure hope I do not poison myself.

By Walter Ford on July 27, 2011


This is a winner, really like this one. It is hard to find them around here though, you need to be conected with a farmer but i don't get around much for that. Keep them coming because i use a lot of your cooking recipes. Thank You Faye SnyderClearfield, Pa.

By Faye Snyder on July 27, 2011

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