15 Green Tomato Recipes to Savor the Last Harvest

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

A sourdough bread bowl full of roasted green tomato soup topped with fresh pesto.
Photo Credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

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.

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Smoked Green Tomatoes

A platter of red and green sliced smoked tomatoes.
Photo Credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

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.

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Fried Green Tomato BLTs

A BLT or bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich made with fried green tomatoes.
Photo Credit: The Healthy Epicurean.

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!

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Green Tomato & Bacon Jam

A small jar of tomato and bacon jam made with green tomatoes.
Photo Credit: Envato Elements.

A savory freezer jam made with green tomatoes, sweet onion, and crispy bacon. This is AMAZING mixed with ground beef for burgers.

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3. Southern Style Pizza With Pimento Cheese, Fried Green Tomatoes And Bacon

A fresh pizza loaded with cheese, green tomatoes, and other toppings.
Photo Credit: Ask Chef Dennis.

Experience the taste of the South with our Southern-style pizza. This hearty pie is topped with slices of green tomatoes, crispy bacon, and luscious pimento cheese. It’s a delicious blend of flavors, offering a perfect balance of tangy, smoky, and creamy elements that will transport your taste buds to the heart of the South.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

A basket lined with newspaper and full of traditional fried green tomatoes.
Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin.’

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.

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Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

A platter full of fried green tomatoes made in an air fryer.
Photo Credit: Grandbaby Cakes.

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.

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Green Tomato Pickles

Glass jars full of green tomato pickles.
Photo Credit: SoupAddict.

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!

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Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes

A wicker basket full of many fried green cherry tomatoes.
Photo Credit: Grits & Gouda.

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.

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Chow Chow Recipe: Green Tomato Relish for the Pantry

Green tomato relish in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: Envato Elements.

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.

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Roasted Green Tomato Salsa

A bowl of nacho chips next to a green tomato salsa.
Photo Credit: Midwexican.

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!

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Green Tomato Sauce

A plate of thin pasta noodles.
Photo Credit: Where Is My Spoon.

Easy and fast green tomato sauce for pasta, a surprisingly delicious green tomato recipe perfect for the end of the season.

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Quick Green Tomato Bread

Green tomato quick bread sliced on a white platter.
Photo Credit: Where Is My Spoon.

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!

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Green Tomatoes On The Grill

Grilled green tomatoes on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Where Is My Spoon.

These green tomatoes on the grill are probably the easiest way of putting those end-of-summer green tomatoes to use.

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Green Tomato Mincemeat

A small white bowl on a white plate full of tomato and fruit mincemeat.
Photo Credit: Unique Cooks.

This green tomato mincemeat is the perfect way to make the best use of green tomatoes from the garden and store them for later.

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