What to Serve with Fried Green Tomatoes [9 Side Dish Ideas]

Easy fried green tomatoes side dish and serving ideas. From creamy corn casserole to Cajun remoulade sauce, and crab cakes to country-fried steak, discover what to serve with fried green tomatoes today.

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Fried green tomatoes are a classic Southern dish with a uniquely tangy flavor. Made with shallow-fried coated green tomatoes, this easy appetizer is crispy and beautifully seasoned.

But what sides and sauces should you serve to complete your meal while still letting the crunchy and zingy taste of the fried green tomatoes sing through?

From lobster macaroni and cheese to corn salsa, these fried green tomato sides will round off your meal perfectly. Let’s get cooking!

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac Cheese

Lobster mac and cheese is a decadent and luxurious dish that goes perfectly with fried green tomatoes. The lobster adds a touch of elegance to the dish, while the cheese sauce ties everything together.

You can make a simple version of lobster mac or elevate it if you’re an expert. You can use pre-made cheese sauce for the simple version, but grating fresh blocks of cheese is the best way to ensure a decadent meal, especially if you’re going to put in the effort and expense of incorporating lobster.

Try This Recipe: This lobster mac and cheese take suggests using cheddar and gruyere for a refined yet highly cheesy taste, plus garlic powder, mustard powder, and ground nutmeg for more depth of flavor.

Cajun Remoulade Sauce

Cajun Remoulade Sauce

Cajun remoulade sauce is a flavorful sauce you can use as a dip, spread, or dressing. It’s perfect for fried green tomatoes because it has a slightly spicy kick that pairs well with the crispy batter.

The sauce is also great for adding some extra zing to any dish. Try it on sandwiches, burgers, or even as a salad dressing.

Try This Recipe: This Cajun remoulade sauce recipe uses mayo as its main base but incorporates a flavor-packed list of other ingredients, including but not limited to horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, cayenne, mustard, and garlic.

Creamy Corn Casserole

Creamy Corn Casserole

Corn casserole’s smooth, creamy texture and sweet flavors work swimmingly with the crispy goodness of fried green tomatoes. 

Plus, it’s a dish that can be made ahead of time and reheated when you’re ready to serve. This option means you can relax and enjoy your company without worrying about preparing everything at the last minute.

Try This Recipe: This corn casserole is made with both creamed corn and whole kernel sweet corn, as well as cheddar cheese, sour cream, butter, and Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. The result is a mix of buttery and earthy flavors.

Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa

Corn salsa is a staple of Southwestern cooking. Its sweetness combines with the tomatoes’ acidity and the zing of the jalapenos. This salsa is also healthy, so with the tomatoes, you will have a filling but pretty light meal.

Fresh corn is the way to go, but you can also cook raw corn and allow the kernels to soak up the lime juices.

Try This Recipe: This fresh corn salsa incorporates raw corn kernels as well as onions, cilantro, jalapeños, lime juice, chili powder, white wine vinegar, and ground cumin for a highly flavorful result.

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

Another great seafood dish that pairs well with fried green tomatoes is crab cakes. Crab cakes are usually made with a mix of fresh lump crab meat, mayo, egg, bread crumbs, and seasonings.

They are then fried or baked until golden brown. The result is a crispy exterior with a moist and flavorful interior, making them the perfect partner for fried green tomatoes.

Try This Recipe: For these Maryland crab cakes, you will use an appropriate amount of filler to maximize the ratio of crab meat while still binding the lamb crab together. The recipe also provides a tasty tartar sauce recipe for delightful dipping.

Shrimp & Grits

cheese grits gravy with shrimp

Shrimp and grits is a tasty, classic Southern dish. The shrimp are usually cooked in a rich sauce, and the grits are bold and filling.

Shrimp and grits can be made as a side or a main course, and it pairs well with anything savory. You can also switch up the proteins and use crab or lobster instead.

Try This Recipe: This shrimp and grits recipe ensures a cheesy, salty, spicy, strongly flavored dish.

Garlic & Basil Orzo

Garlic Basil Orzo

Garlicky and cheesy, but also mellow, garlic parmesan orzo is a unique addition to any dinner.

Garlic parmesan orzo can work as a side dish or a main meal. Pairing it with fried green tomatoes is ideal because the creaminess of this dish goes well with the fried tomatoes’ crispness.

Try This Recipe: The ingredients for this creamy garlic parmesan orzo are super simple but full of diverse flavors. Making it is quick and easy, too!

Country Fried Steak

Country Fried Steak

While country-fried steak and gravy is not a southwestern dish, it is a southern one. 

The key to a good country-fried steak is ensuring that the gravy is not too thick but not too thin. It’s easier (and faster) than it sounds! The key is adding the ingredients little by little and stirring every time you add one.

Try This Recipe: This country-fried steak and gravy recipe uses a good amount of flour to make the gravy, as well as garlic, onion, and paprika for a full-bodied flavor.

Bacon & Bean Soup

Bacon Bean Soup

Try bean and bacon soup for a heartier option that will complement the fried green tomatoes’ herby taste. Bean and bacon soup is thick and creamy, with a smoky flavor from the bacon.

The beans add both texture and protein, making it a satisfying meal. You can also include some chopped greens in the soup, such as kale or spinach, for an extra nutritional boost.

Try This Recipe: This bean and bacon soup recipe combines white beans (either canned or dry) with crispy bacon and herbs like thyme and garlic for a well-rounded family side dish or meal.

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