Spicy Fried Red Tomatoes - Carolina Country

Spicy Fried Red Tomatoes With cilantro tartar sauce

3.7/5 rating (14 votes)
Spicy Fried Red Tomatoes

Many of us have enjoyed fried green tomatoes — but what about frying up some juicy, red, ripe ones? As summer wanes and tomatoes lose their shine, we thought you’d enjoy a unique way to eat up the last of this year’s crop — crispy and cheesy with a dollop of tartar sauce.


  • 4 medium-sized, meaty, ripe red tomatoes, cut into ⅓” slices

  • Salt

  • Preferred frying oil

  • ½ cup flour

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 cup finely crumbled hot potato chips

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Cilantro Tartar Sauce
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (Duke’s preferred)

  • 2 tablespoons finely minced onion

  • ½ cup finely minced celery

  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

  • ½ cup loosely packed chopped cilantro

  • 1½ teaspoons sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt


  1. Slice tomatoes and lay onto paper towels. Lightly sprinkle with salt and drain at least 30 minutes before cooking.

  2. Heat ½-inch oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Combine flour, eggs and chips in a bowl. Dip tomato slices into this mixture and fry in batches until crunchy and lightly browned, about two minutes per side. Drain. Serve with tartar sauce.

  3. For the tartar sauce, combine all ingredients and mix well.

Recipe courtesy of

Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at WendysHomeEconomics.com.

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Comments (2)

  • What a disaster!! Are you sure the amounts in the batter are correct??? Or maybe your 'medium' tomatoes were GRAPE TOMATOES?? The tartar sauce was the only part that did come out right. Now, what the heck do I serve with THAT??

    March 16, 2020 |

    • Hey Anita... I'm sorry to read about your recipe issue and would love to help figure out what might have gone wrong. Please email me at Wendy@WendyPerry.com. Once I have more details from you, maybe we can get to a solution. I’d like to help with a fix!

      wendy perry |
      March 17, 2020 |

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