Green Tomato Recipes

Our favorite green tomato recipes offer a little something for every gardener and cook.

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Our favorite green tomato recipes offer a little something for every gardener and cook. We’re proud to present fantastic recipes from our readers (including a green tomato cake you’ll flip for) alongside some tried-and-true recipes from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS archives. If you’re ready to discover just how versatile green tomatoes can be in your kitchen, you’ve come to the right spot.

Every gardener who grows tomatoes ends up with green tomatoes at the end of the growing season. Because gardeners are ingenious — and, often, creative–cooks, they’ve developed a slew of intriguing green tomato recipes so those last few tomatoes of the season won’t go to waste.

Some of the recipes are traditional favorites, from green tomato relishes and piccalilli to green tomato mincemeat. Some are more contemporary, such as the Green Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese Recipe that won first prize in our 2013 Green Tomato Recipe Contest.

Click through these links for some inspiration, and check back often as we add more recipes!

The Winners of Our Green Tomato Recipe Contest

First Place

Shelley Giangaspero’s Green Tomato Tart Recipe
Readers responded eagerly to our call for recipes to use up green tomatoes, but this entry impressed the judges the most.

Second Place

Jackie Hardin’s Green Tomato Cake with Apple Cider Glaze Recipe
Tomatoes and cake? You’ll be sweetly surprised by this green tomato cake recipe.

Third Place

Terrye Peterson’s Green Tomato Bacon Jam Recipe
Wow guests with this fun Green Tomato Bacon Jam Recipe – the 3rd-place winner in our Green Tomato Recipe Contest.

Fourth Place

Pamela Stevenson’s Green Tomato Tamale Pie Recipe
This tamale pie recipe from one of our readers provides a great way to use green tomatoes from your garden.

Fifth Place

Joseph Blauvelt’s Green Tomato and Ginger Pie Recipe
Green tomatoes are an unexpected but delightful addition to this sweet ginger pie recipe.

Sixth Place

Stanton Woodcock’s Baked Green Tomatoes Recipe
This Baked Green Tomatoes Recipe won 6th place in our Green Tomato Recipe Contest.

Seventh Place

Gena Stout’s Dilled Green ‘Tomolives’ Recipe
You can eat these tiny pickled tomatoes as a snack or a replacement for olives in a martini.

More Green Tomato Recipes

Green Tomato Mincemeat
Learn how to make this green tomato mincemeat, includes a recipe for green tomato mincemeat and ideas for using up your green tomatoes in dishes.

Green Tomato Relish Recipe
Green tomato relish is easy to make, and it only requires a few basic ingredients.

Thai Green Tomatoes with a Coconut Crust
Try this Eastern twist on a Southern American favorite. The zing from limes and chilies complements the natural tang of green tomatoes, while the crunchy coconut balances out the heat.

Green Tomato Recipe Collections

Uses for Green Tomatoes
Use these green tomato recipes when garden season leaves you with an abundance of green tomatoes on your vines.

Green Tomato Recipes
From curried green tomatoes to fried green tomatoes, the recipes in this article are tops.

Tabitha’s Favorite Green Tomato Recipes
You’ll find four great green tomato recipes in this collection, compiled by one of our editors.

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