It’s that time in the DC region when ripe tomatoes aren’t quite in season, but you’ll start to see the first signs of the late summer treats when green tomatoes start showing up at farmer’s markets, in your own backyard, or in a CSA.
Traditional fried green tomatoes are soaked in buttermilk, making them a big no no for anyone trying to keep dairy free. The vinegar in the soy milk acts as a souring agent to give the taste of buttermilk, but without using dairy. This recipe incorporates the taste of the fried green tomatoes in a vegan recipe that will be sure to please even the most discerning omnivore.
- 3 large green tomatoes
- 1/2 cup soy milk, unsweetened
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 2 heaping tbsp smoked paprika
- oil for frying
In a large skillet, heat a quarter inch of oil in the pan over medium heat. When the oil is ready, begin by making the batter mixture with the soy milk whisked with the apple cider vinegar. Next prepare your coating mixture by combining the cornmeal, garbanzo bean flour and paprika.
Slice green tomatoes 1/2″ thick. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper to your taste, then dip them in the batter and coat with mixture. Fry for about 2-4 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel and salt and pepper lightly.
Serve immediately plain or with a remoulade sauce.
Makes approximately 20 slices.
Prepare your green tomatoes for frying.
While the oil heats in the pan, set up your batter and coating mixtures, and prepare your tomatoes by slicing them thick and sprinkling salt and pepper on them to taste.
Fry your green tomatoes.
Next fry your battered tomatoes for about 3-4 minutes each side until the batter is golden brown and the tomatoes are soft inside.
Then drain on a paper towel and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
Serve your fried green tomatoes immediately.
Immediately serve your fried green tomatoes for the best flavor and texture. They may be stored overnight, but will lose their irresistible crunchiness. These can be a delicious side dish or a main dish treat.
Serving suggestions for fried green tomatoes
These fried green tomatoes are served with a raw, garlicky kale salad with almonds. If being served as an appetizer, try a remoulade dipping sauce with them.