Vegan fried green tomato BLT’s give a Southern spin to that summer classic. The fried green tomatoes can be cooked in the air fryer or in a skillet on the stove.
Summer is the season for BLT’s. I crave them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
My BLT affection stretches back to childhood when my parents would grow tomatoes in their garden.
My dad and I would stand outside, eating warm tomatoes right off the vine. Occasionally we’d add a sprinkle of salt or slathering of mayo.
If it was around lunchtime, the tomatoes would get sliced and placed on squishy white bread with mayo and nothing else. And of course, if it was really going to be a red letter affair, BLT’s were on the menu.
Vegan BLT with seitan bacon
I wasn’t vegan back then. But luckily, these days it’s easy to make a vegan BLT with the wealth of vegan bacon options available.
But personally, I’m all about seitan bacon. It gets a great crispiness and chew around the edges. Of course, it has that smoky flavor I crave. And you can get it as crunchy as you like, depending on how long you cook it.
I like my seitan bacon with just a little crunch around the edges. David likes his bacon completely firm like a cracker. So I start his seitan bacon cooking before anything else.
(If you want crunchy bacon, remember to go slow and low. Cook at a lower heat for longer. Otherwise, you’ll wind up with burnt bacon.)
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Vegan fried green tomato BLT’s
So after a summer of vegan BLT’s aplenty, when I was at the farmers market in the Quad Cities recently, I decided to mix things up with something special.
Amongst all of the bright, ripe red summer tomatoes at the market, there were a few green tomatoes on one table.
I made sure to ask that they weren’t just heirloom tomatoes.
Some heirloom varieties, like zebra tomatoes, are also green. Those aren’t the tomatoes you want for fried green tomatoes. You want under ripe tomatoes, that would become red if they had the chance.
(Ideally your green tomatoes should be fully green inside as well as outside. I waited just a tad too long to cook the tomato above. But it was no worse for wear.)
Vegan fried green tomatoes in the air fryer or skillet
Last summer around this time, I enjoyed making vegan fried green tomatoes in the air fryer. After giving them a sheer coating of vegan mayo, I dredged them in two different ways.
Some tomatoes were dredged in panko bread crumbs and spices. Others were dredged in potato chip crumbs and spices. Then they were air fried until toasty brown and crisp.
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I recently added stovetop instructions to my vegan fried green tomato recipe as well. So if you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make fried green tomatoes in a skillet instead, as is the typical fashion.
Fried green tomatoes in a BLT offer a bit of crunch in the sandwich from the breading, and a dash of salt that wakes things up. The tomato flavor has the subtle sweetness of a cooked tomato.
It takes the classic vegan BLT, and gives it a Southern spin.
How to serve a vegan fried green tomato BLT
After toasting the bread, I went with eggless mayo for my sandwich spread. However, I bet that some secret sauce from my vegan Big Mac sliders recipe would also be really good here.
If you’ve got some green tomatoes on the vine, run outside and grab one. And if not, get yourself to the farmers market. Fried green tomato BLT’s are only an option for a short while, and that time is now.