As the gardening season winds down, you may find yourself with an abundance of green tomatoes. Though they didn't have the chance to ripen on the vine fully, these underappreciated gems have significant culinary potential.
In this collection of green tomato recipes, I'll show you how to make the most of these tangy treasures. From crispy fried treats to zesty chutneys and hearty soups, you'll discover a world of flavors waiting to be unlocked from those unripe tomatoes.
Let's explore these recipes and give green tomatoes the spotlight they deserve in your next meal.
Roasted Green Tomato Soup With Pesto
Roasted green tomatoes, onions, carrots, and garlic are pureed to perfection and then drizzled with a fresh homemade pesto.
I love to serve this soup in a homemade sourdough bread bowl — but a regular bowl works too. This soup is also phenomenal with some parmesan or any other cheese you love.
Smoked Green Tomatoes
If you've never had smoked tomatoes, you're missing out. Smoking tomatoes concentrates the sweetness of the fruit and makes it even more flavorful, while complementary seasonings and herbs take the taste to the next level.
Fried Green Tomato BLTs
Oven-fried green tomatoes are tucked between sourdough bread with crispy bacon, lettuce, red tomato and a slather of mayonnaise.
It's the best ever "fried" green tomato BLT!
Green Tomato & Bacon Jam
A savory freezer jam made with green tomatoes, sweet onion, and crispy bacon. This is AMAZING mixed with ground beef for burgers.
3. Southern Style Pizza With Pimento Cheese, Fried Green Tomatoes And Bacon
Fried Green Tomatoes
We can't talk about green tomatoes without talking about fried green tomatoes.
Unripe tomatoes plucked from the vine early to be dredged and coated in a crispy breadcrumb and cornmeal mixture, then fried in hot oil to make golden crispy crunchy goodness. Absolute perfection.
Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes
And if you have an air fryer — use it to make fried green tomatoes. Less mess, less oil, less waste.
There is no doubt that fried green tomatoes are a quintessential Southern snack. While frying is still one of my favorite preparation methods, sometimes you want to add a lighter kick, right?! That’s where air fryer green tomatoes come in. This recipe uses the air fryer to create a light and crispy texture without the excess oil, resulting in a healthier snack.
Green Tomato Pickles
Don’t let a single homegrown tomato go to waste – even the green ones! Green Tomato Pickles with a sweet dill brine are crunchy and slightly tart, like the best pickle you’ve ever had. No pressure canning is required – these are refrigerator pickles!
Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes
Imagine Southern fried green tomatoes in a bite-size party appetizer. That perfectly describes this easy Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes recipe! Crunchy cornmeal and breadcrumb coating make them perfect to dip in your favorite dipping sauce.
Chow Chow Recipe: Green Tomato Relish for the Pantry
This green tomato relish is excellent as a condiment for meats, on hamburgers, and even as an appetizer with crackers. Passed down through generations, my family’s favorite chow chow recipe is a fantastic way to preserve end-of-the-season green tomatoes.
Roasted Green Tomato Salsa
Roasted, green, underripe tomatoes make a fantastic Verde-style salsa perfect for enchiladas or snacking on tortilla chips. Plus, the recipe is so simple you'll want to make this Roasted Green Tomato Salsa all summer and fall long!
Green Tomato Sauce
Easy and fast green tomato sauce for pasta, a surprisingly delicious green tomato recipe perfect for the end of the season.
Quick Green Tomato Bread
Make this quick green tomato bread to celebrate the change of seasons. It's moist and sweet, with a nice tang from the unripe tomatoes. It's an utterly delicious recipe!
Green Tomatoes On The Grill
These green tomatoes on the grill are probably the easiest way of putting those end-of-summer green tomatoes to use.
Green Tomato Mincemeat
This green tomato mincemeat is the perfect way to make the best use of green tomatoes from the garden and store them for later.