Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad


Transform a fried green tomatoes recipe in an entree by adding pan-seared pork. Finish the pork recipe with a handful of blue cheese and drizzle of sweet and sour sauce for an irresistible flavor combo.

Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • ½ cup cornmeal

  • 1 egg, well beaten

  • 2 small green tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup watercress

  • 2 ounce crumbled blue cheese

  • cup bottled sweet and sour sauce (or red pepper jelly, warmed, and mixed with 1 to 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar)


  1. Slice tenderloin crosswise in 12 slices. Slightly flatten with palm of hand. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  2. In shallow dish, combine cornmeal, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Place beaten egg in second shallow dish. Dip tomato slices in egg, then coat in cornmeal mixture; set aside.

  3. In 12-inch skillet heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Cook pork for 3 minutes each side, until golden brown on outside and slightly pink inside. Transfer to platter; cover to keep warm.

  4. Add 1 Tbsp. oil to skillet. Cook tomato slices for 2 to 3 minutes each side until golden, adding oil if necessary. Serve pork and tomatoes with watercress and blue cheese. Drizzle sweet and sour sauce.

Change Up:

Use breadcrumbs in place of cornmeal to coat tomatoes and replace blue cheese with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
16g Fat
22g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 918mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 14.8mg 74%
Calcium 161.5mg 12%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 820mg 17%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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