Baked Green Tomatoes: Yummy, Easy, Ridiculously Low Cal

Here are three reasons I love baked green tomatoes.

1. Baked is a yummy way use my ugly duckling tomatoes that are firm but imperfect.

2. Baked is easier to make than its more famous cousin – fried green tomatoes.

3. Baked green tomatoes have way fewer calories than fried – about 16 calories/slice baked vs. 75 calories/slice fried.

So, when I’ve had my fill of sweet, luscious, red tomatoes from my garden, I pick them when they’re green and firm, and then bake them.

Baking Green Tomatoes

Baking green tomatoes is a no-brainer. Slice tomatoes ¼-inch thick, coat with whatever topping you like, then bake in a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes.

The trick for me is to select coating ingredients that taste great and keep down the calories. I like to use panko breadcrumbs because they get super crunchy when baked; and Parmesan cheese, because it’s tasty, browns up beautifully, and lets me leave out extra salt.

Cheesy Baked Green Tomatoes


Firm, green tomatoes

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

½ cup Parmesan cheese grated


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Slice tomatoes at least ¼-inch thick.

3. In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

4. Place tomatoes on a non-stick cookie sheet.

5. Press 1 tablespoon of the breadcrumb-Parmesan mixture onto the top of each tomato slice.

6. Spray each slice with a light spritz of Pam.

7. Bake for 20 minutes on a center rack, or until the topping is golden brown and the tomato is fork tender.

8. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Image credit: Lisa Kaplan Gordon



Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

Dale O.

Brought in some green tomatoes from the garden today, they were fabulous and very tasty. Often, I plant certain tomato plants just to be my 'green tomato trees,' since I love them so much. There are quite a number of green tomato recipes.

JL A3 years ago


Vicky P.
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MmAway M3 years ago

Kinda making me hungry! This will be tried! I love tomatoes, never heard about this one! Always love try something!

Emily Grey
Emily J3 years ago

I want to try this- great way to use up green tomatoes!

Jane R.
Jane R3 years ago

Now I'm hungry. Looks wonderful and I'm sure they are. Thanks for sharing.

Anna Ballinger
Anna Ballinger3 years ago

Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy G.
Sandy G3 years ago