On a quest to figure out what to serve with fried green tomatoes, you may have stumbled upon the fact that their recipe history seems to be rather murky.
Some claim it comes relatively recently from the “South” but there are recipe books from up “North” that printed it squarely in the late 1800s.
No matter where it originated or who claims it, the book and subsequent movie that followed with the entree used as the title, brought the general public’s interest level to a feverishly high point over them.
It was promoted as being from Alabama and it is served there in record numbers now.
The slightly sour flavor combines well with a crunchy salty batter.
Seemingly overnight, the dish of fried green tomatoes became a culinary darling!
So much so that if their humble origins started from needing to not let unripened tomatoes go to waste due to an early freeze, to now being prepared and served in upscale restaurants and cozy cafes, I would say it is a rags-to-riches story if I ever heard one.
Nowadays, they can be found in entrees at all three meals of the day.
At breakfast, they may be added to an eggs benedict plate.
At lunch, they are found in the Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwich, as well as the Fried Green Tomato Burgers.
At dinner, a lovely dip to go with fried green tomatoes may be an appetizer or they may be served on a bed of grits as the entree.
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In honor or interest of all that, I have collected 15 recipes for what goes with fried green tomatoes.
Sometimes the recipe does include instructions for the fried green tomatoes, but I was focusing on creating a list of what pairs well with fried green tomatoes.
Let’s start this list of what to serve with fried green tomatoes with a bang!
Pairing them with a spicy, creamy, cajun sauce with shrimp is going to hit on all levels.
It’s got a little of everything.
From butter to cream to Creole seasoning and succulent shrimp!
This can be made to your spiciness preference.
It can be served in small amounts as an appetizer or in full amounts as the main entree since the recipe uses a full pound of shrimp.
Basil-Goat Cheese Grits is another example of what goes with fried green tomatoes!
So this recipe includes two separate cooking adventures with instructions given for both.
The grits do take a bit of watching and stirring while simmering with the goat cheese added once the grits are done cooking.
The fried green tomatoes are simply placed carefully on top of the bowl of grits when serving!
A tasty dip is always a good choice for what pairs well with fried green tomatoes.
This recipe was created by Lucy Buffett, and she serves it with many dishes in her restaurant, including fried green tomatoes!
It came by its name from how clients reacted to it by saying, “Wow!”
It does veer on the spicy side with ingredients of jalapenos, olive oil, mayo, Creole mustard, and horseradish.
Another lovely dip to go with fried green tomatoes is this buttermilk feta dressing.
It is a tangy dressing to be drizzled on top of the fried green tomatoes and then bacon bits are sprinkled on last!
A little more for dipping is a great idea too.
Simple to make with mayo, buttermilk, sour cream, lemon juice, fresh dill, and feta cheese.
Bacon and lettuce are indeed what to eat with fried green tomatoes, especially in the form of a BLT sandwich!
Picture this in your mind’s eye—toasted bread, smoky bacon, crispy fried green tomato, fresh lettuce, and maybe even a slice of red tomato too, all layered together as a beautiful sandwich!
This one suggests adding a spread of the combination of mayo and sriracha sauce.
For a creative multi-texture dining experience, this Crab Salad could be what to serve with fried green tomatoes!
There are several parts to this dish.
Of course the fried green tomatoes and then the remoulade, and the crab salad.
When ready to serve, the tomatoes are the base, with Crab Salad spooned on top, celery ribbons added and the entire dish is drizzled with more remoulade.
When considering what goes with fried green tomatoes, this breakfast option is glorious as a different take on Eggs Benedict.
There is a detailed explanation of how to prepare poached eggs which is very useful.
The layers include the base of the fried green tomato, then the mashed avocado with lemon juice, with the poached egg placed lightly on top!
It is as delicious as it is beautiful!
What pairs well with fried green tomatoes?
Well, when wanting to serve them as a side dish there might be nothing better to round out a meal than a heaping portion of classic creamy macaroni and cheese.
This recipe is really good with the combination of butter, milk, white pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, medium cheddar cheese, and extra sharp cheddar cheese.
The soft gooey bites of macaroni provide a great contrast to the crunchy fried green tomatoes.
Sometimes a simple dip to go with fried green tomatoes is actually the best.
This recipe has one of the most detailed explanations of the step-by-step process that goes into the process of frying green tomatoes with tons of tips and tricks!
Like using a mix of cornmeal and bread crumbs.
The simple garlic aioli, which lasts for up to two weeks, is made of mayo, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
A salad is a fantastic idea for what to eat with fried green tomatoes, and this po’boy-inspired one is fabulous!
I mean, most ingredients in any sub sandwich make a great salad, right?
So, the shrimp are tossed in the seasoning and cooked.
The fried green tomatoes are made.
The remoulade dressing is blended smooth.
The lettuce base is made and the bacon is cooked and crumbled.
The salad is built from all these parts put together!
Refreshing and mighty tasty!
Sometimes what to serve with fried green tomatoes might be the same meals you serve with red tomatoes.
In this case, that would be inside a hamburger.
These are tangy, crunchy, savory, filling, and different!
Yummy layered ingredients of a bun, burger, cheese, bacon slice, and fried green tomatoes, with a drizzle with thousand island dressing before adding the top bun.
A roasted red pepper aioli and goat cheese are what go with fried green tomatoes in this tradition-breaking recipe.
Instructions are given on how to prepare those fried green tomatoes in an air fryer!
Sacrilegious to some, but considered healthier by others.
If you have one of these appliances, it might be fun to give it a try!
To serve, the tomatoes are topped with the red pepper aioli with goat cheese crumbled on top.
This next suggestion for what pairs well with fried green tomatoes comes highly recommended.
But not just your basic sauteed salmon, oh no, this is sweet heat southern glazed salmon!
This is a baked salmon recipe with a sweet and savory taste that is created with red pepper jelly.
Super easy to prepare and serve on a bed of rice with a side of, you guessed it, fried green tomatoes!
One last dip to go with fried green tomatoes is this spicy remoulade sauce.
Remoulade sauce seems to be the sauce of choice since there are so many different variations of it ranging from sweet to tangy to spicy.
The purpose is to balance out any tartness of the tomatoes since they are unripe and all.
This one lives up to its name since it includes, among other ingredients, hot sauce and cayenne.
My last dish that is a great choice for what to eat with fried green tomatoes is Hoppin’ John.
Typically a New Year’s dish, this comfort food bowl can be enjoyed anytime and is made in a slow cooker with smoked sausage, tomatoes, peppers, black-eyed peas, beef broth, onion, bell pepper, Cajun seasonings, and rice.
Perfect to serve with a fried green tomato side!
The bottom line
When choosing what to serve with fried green tomatoes I hope this list inspired you in the way of a tasty dip, or entree.
- Fried Green Tomatoes With Shrimp Cajun Sauce
- Fried Green Tomatoes Over Basil-Goat Cheese Grits
- LuLu's Famous WOW Sauce
- Fried Green Tomatoes With Buttermilk Feta Dressing
- Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwich
- Crab Salad With Fried Green Tomatoes & Celery
- Fried Green Tomatoes With Avocados & Poached Eggs
- Perfect Southern Baked Macaroni & Cheese
- Fried Green Tomatoes With Garlic Aioli
- Blackened Shrimp & Fried Green Tomato Po Boy Salad
- Fried Green Tomato Burgers
- Green Tomatoes With Roasted Red Pepper Aioli & Goat Cheese
- Sweet Heat Southern Glazed Salmon
- Fried Green Tomatoes With Spicy Remoulade Sauce
- Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John
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