Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Sour Cream

These classic tart, flavorful Southern favorites go particularly well with the light summer salads.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 large green tomatoes, sliced ½" thick (should total 12–14 slices)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs, beaten and diluted with ½ cup milk
  • 4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3 cups canola oil
  • 2 tsp. salt


  • Combine sour cream with basil and pepper in a small bowl. Refrigerate.
  • Heat oil to 325°F in a large frying pan or Dutch oven.
  • Dredge each tomato slice in flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs to ensure adherence. Fry in small batches until slices feel tender when tested with a fork. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  • Season with salt and serve immediately with reserved sauce.