Our grilled green tomatoes recipe wasn’t planned. It was a result of an accident. At some point during our garden duties of tying up the tomato vines on the trellis, we inevitably bump a healthy green tomato and watch it fall to the ground. Darn it.

Green Tomato Recipe for Summer Green Tomatoes

Easy Grilled Green Tomatoes Recipe

There’s nothing more frustrating than to watch a beautiful heirloom tomato grow to it’s perfect shape and never see it to its full ripened stage. Our clumsy hands somehow manage to break tender vines that are laden with tomato flowers. We accidentally bump green tomatoes off the plants. It’s for reasons like these that we 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. We’ve pickled many-a-green tomatoes and we’ve churned out several batches of fried green tomatoes. But this afternoon, after staring at two beautiful green heirlooms that bumped to the ground, we decided to do something different.  Our motto for lunch was : Grill-it-Green.

Grilled Green Tomatoes on a plate

Video: Grilled Green Tomatoes 

Grill Them Green

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

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

Every bite was a delicious surprise. We weren’t really expecting much out of this last minute dish. Because we’re so partial to pickled green tomatoes, we didn’t think any other green tomato variation was better. Boy, were we wrong and 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.

Tomatoes on a vine plant

Grilled green tomatoes are a wonderful Summer dish to add to burgers, salads or even just as a side dish. We’re excited to just try a slice of grilled green tomatoes on our next burger. Now that, is a dish that’s on our next party menu. Grilled green tomato salad with feta cheese and herbs? As grilled cheese sandwiches? How about grilled green tomato chutney? Yummy grilled green tomato caprese?

Our minds are 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.


diane & todd

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Grilled Green Tomatoes on a plate

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This recipe was originally published in 2013 and re-published in 2019 with a new video!

Grilled Green Tomatoes

Cook the tomatoes to the texture that you like. I don't like them too soft. We 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
4.16 from 13 votes


  • 1 pound (454 g) green tomatoes , approximately
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) cooking oil , such as grape seed oil or olive oil
  • 3 cloves (3 cloves) garlic , minced or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Worcestershire or fish sauce, soy sauce (Use Tamari for gluten free)
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped fresh basil leaves


  • Heat grill. Slice green tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick.
  • In medium bowl, combine oil, garlic, brown sugar, Worcestershire (or fish sauce, soy sauce, Tamari), salt and black pepper
  • Add green tomatoes slices to bowl and evenly coat all the slices with the marinade.
  • Grill each side of the tomato until your desired texture (about 2-4 minutes on each side). How thick you slice your tomato will determine how long it cooks.
  • Top with fresh parmesan cheese and chopped basil.
  • Serve as a side dish, on burgers or chopped in a salad


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 153mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 782IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 1mg

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