May 24, 2013

Grain-free Fried Green Tomatoes

The first time I heard of fried green tomatoes I had mixed feelings. I love fried things, but green tomatoes? They sounded like they could be bitter and gross. 

Not so! They are delicious! I had mine for breakfast (I think out of the box with my breakfasts since I gave up all boxed cereal), but it would be a great side dish for dinner with some meat as the main course and a light salad.

I make my fried green tomatoes with coconut flour, which is a great grain and gluten-free starch. I find the mild flavor of coconut flour lends itself well to frying. I love the coconut flour I get from Tropical Traditions. Coconut flour is my favorite grain-free flour substitute. 

Grains are common digestive irritants (even though most people don't realize this or know the signs) so I like to use coconut flour when I can as I am working on restoring my gut health due to some illnesses in the past. 

This recipe is suitable for most special diets including grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, primal and paleo diets.

Grain-free Fried Green Tomatoes

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika, optional
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 large green tomato cut into 1/4 inch slices
2-4 tablespoons coconut oil, palm shortening, or nitrate-free bacon grease

Combine the first four ingredients in a shallow bowl. Dip the tomato slices in the beaten egg, then into the coconut flour mixture.

Heat a skillet for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Add the oil. Fry tomato slices till light brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes. Servings: 3-4.


  1. Hubby is going fishing soon and I am craving pan-fried trout. Have you tried frying fish with coconut flour? If so, can I leave out the egg? I am allergic.
    We traditionally mixed flour, salt and pepper, maybe a bit of garlic granules in a bag and shook the fish up before frying. No egg, not much mess.

    1. Mmm...fresh fish! I made tilapia fillets just as you described - coated in coconut flour and the seasonings (I also added garlic powder), without the egg. It turned out delicious!

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