Grilled Green Tomatoes, An Accidental Dish

by on June 24, 2013

Grilled Green Tomatoes Recipe from

It’s always an accident. At some point during my garden duties of tying up the tomato vines on the trellis, I inevitably bump a healthy green tomato and watch it fall to the ground. Darn it. There’s nothing more frustrating than to watch a beautiful heirloom tomato grow to it’s perfect shape and never see it to it’s full ripened stage. My clumsy hands somehow manage to break tender vines that are laden with tomato flowers and accidentally bump green tomatoes off the plants. It’s for reasons like these that Todd and I find the excuse to grow about twenty heirloom tomatoes because not only are we “slightly” obsessed, but also to balance out all the green tomatoes that fall to the ground.

I’ve pickled many-a-green tomatoes and Todd has churned out several batches of fried green tomatoes. But this afternoon, after staring at two beautiful green heirlooms that bumped to the ground, I decided to do something different. My motto for lunch was : Grill-it-Green.

Grilled Green Tomatoes Recipe from

The grill was heating up for a Vietnamese pork lunch and with some leftover marinade, I decided to to just lather the slices of green tomato in the sauce and throw it on the grill. What did I have to lose? If I didn’t like the taste of it, at least I tried to make use of fallen green fruit. My marinade was simple and garlicky and if it was good enough for pork, I felt that it would be good enough for two humble and plump green tomatoes.

Oh my. Why didn’t I grill green tomatoes before? Why oh why did this just come into my life now?

Every bite was a delicious surprise. I wasn’t really expecting much out of this last minute dish. Because I’m so partial to pickled green tomatoes, I didn’t think any other green tomato variation was better. Boy, was I wrong and Todd and I ate every single slice on our plates. The combination of a savory marinade combined with the char of the bbq equals perfection on a green tomato.

Grilled Green Tomato Recipe

Grilled green tomatoes are a wonderful Summer dish to add to burgers, salads or even just as a side dish. I’m excited to just try a slice of grilled green tomatoes on my next burger. Now that, is a dish that’s on my next party menu.

Grilled green tomato salad with feta cheese and herbs? Grilled green tomato grilled cheese sandwiches? Grilled green tomato chutney? Grilled green tomato caprese?

My mind is already churning like mad for all the possibilities for green tomatoes. And you know what that means? Having to “bump” a few more green tomatoes off their vines. Ooooops. Darn it.



Grilled Green Tomatoes Recipe

Grilled Green Tomatoes Recipe

Grilled Green Tomatoes Recipe

Yield: Serves 3-4

Total Time: 30 min

Cook the tomatoes to the texture that you like. I don't like them too soft. I 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


  • About 2 pounds of green tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil, such as grape seed oil or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce (Use Tamari for gluten free)
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Heat grill and slice green tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. In medium bowl, combine oil, garlic, brown sugar, black pepper and fish sauce (or soy sauce or Worcestershire)
  3. Add green tomatoes slices to bowl and evenly coat all the slices with the marinade.
  4. Grill each side of the tomato till your desired texture (about 2-4 minutes on each side). How thick you slice your tomato will determine how long it cooks.
  5. Serve as a side dish, on burgers or chopped in a salad
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 24, 2013 at 1:43 am

I love tomatoes – red, green, cherry, baked, raw, fresh, grape, you name it, love ‘em. This sounds lovely. And I love the plate and little cloth you put underneath it. Thanks for inspiring me with your photography, always!


2 Tieghan June 24, 2013 at 3:20 am

I have never had a green tomato and I have no idea why. I love all tomates so why not green! Grilling them is genius!


3 Emily June 24, 2013 at 6:29 am

Our new obsession for green tomatoes is pickled fried green tomatoes (just batter and fry your pickled green tomatoes). They are seriously the best thing ever. This sounds delish as well – we’ll have to try it!


4 White on Rice Couple July 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Emily- we love fried green tomatoes, but pickled? we’d love to try it soon. thanks!


5 harveys mom June 24, 2013 at 6:39 am

wonderful idea!!! do the dogs eat the tomatoes? my daughter was staying here and taught her dogs to pick them and eat them……ours haven’t figured it out yet, but they love the figs. keep up the great work!!! thanks


6 White on Rice Couple July 7, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Harveys Mom- No, the dogs don’t eat the tomatoes. So more for us! Wow, her dogs ate tomatoes?!


7 Maria June 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

I, too, accidentally knock tomatoes off the vines while tending the garden. I’ll have to try this recipe…sounds yummy.


8 Kalyn June 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

Love this idea; you’re brilliant!


9 White on Rice Couple July 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm

kalyn- you’re so sweet. Thank you!


10 gina @ skinnytaste June 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

That looks DELISH!!


11 Christine June 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Love pickled green tomatoes but I never thought of grilling them. This is a great idea and would have helped with all the greenies I had last Jan.! Can’t wait to try it!


12 Andi June 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Super yum!


13 Kiran @ June 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I’ve never tried green tomatoes before — this look so delish! Hope to get my hands on some soon :)


14 Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking June 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

Mmmm! Grilled green tomatoes with a dash of lemon juice and olive oil sound so perfect for summer! I also love the sound of grilled green tomato chutney.


15 Nikola June 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I love green tomatoes! It is so refreshing to see someone else who gets into these things; I usually deep fry mine, and I use them a lot in slow cook dishes, but I am going to be grilling some in just a few more weeks – can’t wait to try this!


16 Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse June 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

My ong ngoai has a huge green thumb and we always have buckets and buckets of tomatoes (as well as the beloved types of Vietnamese rau) every summer. I’ll be sure to grab a bucket from him and try this! It looks sooooo good. =) Thank you for sharing! Lovely photos as always!


17 White on Rice Couple July 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Lisa- thanks! and yay for Vietnamese rau. Love them.


18 Heather @ French Press July 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I am always knocking tomatoes off, and I never would have thought to use them..duh these look amazing


19 White on Rice Couple July 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Heather- we always have green tomatoes from knocking them off, now we have this recipe to make use of them!


20 Heather September 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Would they then freeze well after grilling? Last year I roasted and froze red tomatoes to use through the winter in sauces, etc. This year we have lots of green ones that I want to preserve.


21 White on Rice Couple September 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

We haven’t ever tried freezing them. We’d love to hear how it turns out if you try.


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