Grilled Green Tomatoes Recipe Southern Living

We always bump a healthy green tomato and watch it fall to the ground during our garden chores of tying up the tomato vines on the trellis. Darn it. This is how our recipe for grilled green tomatoes came about.

  1. 1 ½ pounds green (unripe) tomatoes (about 3 medium), cored and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices.
  2. 1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar.
  3. 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided.
  4. 1 small jalapeño chile.
  5. 2 tablespoons honey.
  6. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar.
  7. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

Grilled Green Tomatoes – you’ll be glad you tried it!

Grilled Green Tomatoes 🔗

Cook the tomatoes to the texture that you like. I don't like them too soft. We usually grill them to where they still hold their shape and not falling apart. How thick you cut your tomatoes will determine how long they will cook

Total: 30min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 125 kcal, Carbohydrate 9 g, Protein 4 g, Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 6 mg, Sodium 153 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 6 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 1 pound green tomatoes (, approximately )
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil (, such as grape seed oil or olive oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic (, minced or crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire (or fish sauce, soy sauce (Use Tamari for gluten free))
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat grill and slice green tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. In medium bowl, combine oil, garlic, brown sugar, Worcestershire (or fish sauce, soy sauce, Tamari), salt and black pepper
  3. Add green tomatoes slices to bowl and evenly coat all the slices with the marinade.
  4. Grill each side of the tomato until your desired texture (about 2-4 minutes on each side). How thick you slice your tomato will determine how long it cooks.
  5. Top with fresh parmesan cheese and chopped basil.
  6. Serve as a side dish, on burgers or chopped in a salad


Why are fried green tomatoes Southern?

Green tomatoes can be used in 20 different recipes, including green tomato salsa, green tomato stew, green tomato grilling, green tomato roasting soup, green tomato relish, green tomato salad, and green tomato pickles.

How do you keep fried green tomatoes from getting soggy?

Fried green tomatoes were a dish that Jewish immigrants brought to the United States in the 19th century, and it was only after the publication of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and the Fried Green Tomatoes book and movie duo that it gained popularity in the South.

Are fried green tomatoes a southern thing?

To prevent the fried green tomatoes from becoming soggy, line a baking sheet with paper towels and set a cooling rack on top before you begin frying.

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