Fried Green Tomatoes with Mozzarella

Oooey, gooey mozzarella sandwiched between two crispy, crunchy fried green tomatoes.

Do you have a book AND a movie that you love? It’s often hard to get one that is as good as the other. In my experience, the book is usually the better of the two. That, however, is not the case with the Fried Green Tomatoes movie. It is, even 26 years later, one of my favorite movies OF ALL TIME.

I have watched the movie so many times that I can recite it line by line. The book is great too but man, the movie. I have been obsessed with fried green tomatoes ever since Idgie made them for Ruth before their kitchen food fight.

Tips for making fried green tomatoes:

  1. Green tomatoes and tomatillos are NOT the same thing. They are both members of the nightshade family. But the tomatillo isn’t a tomato. It is the fruit of a different plant.
  2. Although there are various kinds of green heirloom tomatoes, the best tomatoes for making Fried Green Tomatoes are firm, unripened tomatoes. I prefer unripened Beefsteak Tomatoes.
  3. The tomatoes are traditionally coated with cornmeal or a wet better. Other crust options include panko bread crumbs, like this recipe.

I have made them several different ways over the years. I have made Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Ranch Dip, a BLT and even a burger. And now I am making these Fried Green Tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella. It is every bit as heavenly as it sounds.

Oooey, gooey mozzarella sandwiched between two crispy, crunchy fried green tomatoes.

To get these Fried Green Tomatoes with mozzarella perfectly crisp, while keeping the mozzarella nice and melted, I cooked the tomatoes individually first. Next, I added a slice of mozzarella between two and cooked them until the mozzarella was melted. and The tartness and crunch of the green tomatoes paired perfectly with the creamy saltiness of the mozzarella.

I know that this isn’t the way that Idgie and Ruth may have had them at the Cafe, but I’d like to think that they would enjoy it just the same!

Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes with melty mozzarella sandwiched between. Cheesy fried perfection. #FriedGreenTomatoes #Greentomatoes #mozzarella

Fried Green Tomatoes with Mozzarella Recipe

Serves 2 - 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 medium green tomatoes cut into 1/4 inch slices (you should have 8 tomato slices)
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 4 1/4 slices of mozzarella
  • oil for frying



Season both sides of the sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper .


Place flour in one bowl. In another bowl beat eggs. In a third bowl combine panko and plain bread crumbs.


Dip sliced tomatoes into flour, then the eggs, then dredge in the bread crumb mixture until coated. Shake off excess


Pour enough oil in a frying pan to coat the bottom. Heat over medium heat. Sprinkle a couple of bread crumbs into the oil, if it sizzles it's ready. Fry the tomatoes until light golden brown on each side. About 2 minutes per side.


Place 1 slice of mozzarella on top of 4 of the tomatoes. Place remaining 4 tomatoes on top. Gently press down, cook about 2 more minutes per-side or until tomatoes are golden brown and mozzarella is melted.


Serve hot.


As tomato season winds down, those of you without tomatoes growing in your back yard will likely find many green tomatoes at farmers markets. And if you do, snatch them up because this snack is too good to wait until next tomato season to try. Enjoy!

Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily
    August 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    What a great idea! Fried Green tomatoes have been on my to make list for much to long. Now that I’ve seen this I’ll have to jump on it!

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    Pat Seymour
    July 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I like fried green tomatoes, this is a good one

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    Gourmet Secrets
    June 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    wow.. it looks very delicious for a sunday breakfast with the family..

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    August 4, 2010 at 9:51 am

    those sound really good

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    September 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Gorgeous dish. Our one bumper crop this year in our garden were tomatoes so we had plenty of the sweet greens to try this out on. Absolutely spectacular results! Great simple recipe. We served up risotto and a sunny side up egg to go with them. Delish!

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      September 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm

      Nelle: Yay! I am glad to hear that you had great results with these. The risotto and egg sound like the perfect accompaniments.

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    The Baking Dentist
    September 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    These looked SO good! And I had all the ingredients, so I just tried them. But they looked not even as half as beautiful as yours. The taste did just hit the spot though. Thank you!

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      September 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm

      The Baking Dentist: You’re welcome! I am so glad to hear that you liked them :)

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    sandi @ the whistlestop cafe
    September 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I know my fried green tomatoes… and these look yummylicious!
    I found you on photograzing. I’ll be back again (if I can find my way)

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    September 5, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I have made a variation of this at home by adding bacon and making a panini sandwich…it is awesome you should try it.

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    September 5, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I like the sound of adding mozzarella to fried green tomatoes!

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    September 4, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I love fried green tomatoes but never thought to make like this – they look delicious !!

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    September 4, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I still have plenty of green tomotoes in my garden- great idea to use them up!

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    September 4, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Wow this looks too good to be true! Great idea with mozzarella, you always find a creative way to use it!

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    September 4, 2009 at 5:42 am

    I bought green tomatoes with the sole purpose to fry them, but this idea takes that to a whole new level!! Brilliant!!!

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    Jen @ MaplenCornbread
    September 4, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Im glad it worked out for you this time, it looks amazing!!!! I fell in love with friend green tomatoes when I moved to the south but never before have I seen them made or served this way.. I like your way better! Cant wait to try! :) yum!

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    Hugging the Coast
    September 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Looks wonderful! What a great texture!

    By the way, I’ll be retweeting this on Sunday (@huggingthecoast on Twitter) as part of a special Labor Day Weekend Twitter Marathon.

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    Julie Kellogg
    September 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I think you left off the flour step … do you dip in flour, then egg then crumbs (standard procedure)? Nonetheless, they look so good, as do all of your recipes. I am so glad I found your blog!

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      September 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm

      Oh yes Julie you’re right! It is the standard procedure. Thank you for catching that and thank you for the compliments on the blog :)

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    September 3, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Wow. That looks really good!

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    September 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Oh this is gorgeous and makes me so hungry. I love fried green tomatoes but your panko coating makes it look so light and crunchy. And I love that gooey mozzarella. Wow! I have to try this!

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    September 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Oh wow, those look fabulous! I *still* haven’t tried making these. Maybe at the end of the summer–we always have some green ones left over.

    Mouthwatering photo! It says crunchy and creamy at the same time.

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