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Fried Green Tomatoes | Egg-Free, Gluten-Free

It seems I've caught the Paula Deen bug. I've been doing a lot of "fried" lately. Fried sausage, fried cod—even reminiscing "fried" as in Culver's fried butter burgers (gasp) and raised glazed deep-fried doughnuts (swoon).

Then, I see these pretty green tomatoes at Natural Grocers and think to myself "let's go home and FRY some of those babies!"

What ... is ... up?

Well, I bought those tomatoes and fry 'em I did—and they were good.

Green tomatoes are exactly that; hard, unripe green tomatoes. I thought I'd hand it over to Paula to tell you more. She's got technique worth noting; like salting the tomataahs to pull out excess moisture. Plus, I love watching her simply for the shock value, if you know what I mean.

Feel free to run with her gluten-full recipe or give my version a go—pan-fried, not deep-fried and free of egg and gluten. Woot!

Lexie's Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Fried Green Tomatoes

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Peanut-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Sweetener-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan

Serves: 2-4 
Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes


1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy MILK
2 teaspoons white CHIA SEED MEAL (see notes)
1/2 cup POTATO FLOUR (not starch)
2 tablespoons coarsely ground BUCKWHEAT GROATS (optional, see notes)
1 teaspoon PAPRIKA
1 teaspoon granulated GARLIC
1/2 teaspoon SALT
GRAPESEED OIL for frying 


1. In a wide-bottomed bowl, whisk chia meal with milk and set aside to thicken 3-5 minutes.

2. Slice tomatoes 1/4" to 1/2" thick. Set aside.

3. In a second wide-bottomed bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic, salt and coarsely ground buckwheat.

4. Dust tomatoes with some of the flour mixture.

5. Dredge tomato slices into milk mixture, then into flour mixture to coat both sides. 

6. Fry in 1/8" oil until crisp and golden brown, turning carefully and cooking both sides.

7. Serve. 


Chia seed and buckwheat groats may be ground in a coffee mill or spice grinder. Flax meal may be used in place of chia. The ground buckwheat is optional—I think it gives the flour coating a rustic cornmeal look and texture.

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Reader Comments (10)

Yummy, Lexie! I had never even tried fried green tomatoes until a few years ago and then I found a mainstream restaurant nearby that made them gluten free using cornmeal, had a dedicated fryer, etc. OMG, they were good! But then the restaurant stopped using dedicated fryers. :-( So I made my own earlier this summer and they were wonderful. Your recipe is a great option for the egg-free folks who can do chia, buckwheat, etc. That photo of them is gorgeous! And sorry, but I can't watch Paula ... even for the shock value. Especially not this early in the am. LOL


September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Looks yummy! I love that Paula Deen :) And since I'm still learning about all this allergy-free stuff, can you tell my why you chose grapeseed oil? We're actually allergic to grapes, so I assume this one is off-limits to us. Would canola work as well?

I've never actually tried fried green tomatoes, but this recipe always reminds me of the movie which I just loved!

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

These look evil. Yum.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlta

Hi Lisa,

I use grapeseed oil for frying as it is a high smoke-point oil. Coconut would work, too. But may impart a subtle coconut flavor. I do not use Canola oil. High heat can change the make-up of oils not suited for high heat ... such as olive.

Hope that helps. Cruise the internet for more. www.drmercola.com provides some good info.


September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie


I was surprised by how much I liked them, too. So Paula's just too much, huh? Ha LOL.


September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Alisa and Alta,

Thanks for your comments : )


September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

You know, I've always wanted to try these, and now I think I have to perfect recipe to give them a go! Yours look great, fried or not fried. ;)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

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November 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterxiheiqian

Those look so good. I love fried green tomatoes!

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