What To Do With Green Tomatoes

Wondering what to do with green tomatoes at the end of the season?

This green tomato pie recipe has been a hit every time I’ve made it.  You’ll be amazed that it tastes just like apple pie.  I’ll even share my recipes for easy home made pie crust and the crumb topping to finish it off, so you can make the entire pie from scratch.

Pie Crust


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 TBSP milk or water

Directions For Crust:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine all ingredients into a standard 9 inch pie dish.

easy home made pie crust ingredients

2.  Dive right in and begin blending crust mixture with your hands!

mixing home made pie crust ingredients by hand

3.  When pie crust mixture is blended, begin pressing into bottom and sides with fingers, trying to evenly distribute.

pressing pie crust into dish with fingers

4.  Completed pie crust is ready to be baked in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

completed home made pie crust ready for oven

5.  Below is the pie crust after baking. You’ll be baking it again with the tomato mixture, so don’t worry if it’s not fully browned.

home made pie crust after baking

Crumb Topping For Pie


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup butter, diced into 1/2 inch squares

Directions For Topping:

1.  Combine all ingredients in bowl and set aside.

crumb topping for green tomato pie

Green Tomato Pie


green tomato pie ingredients

  • 7-8 medium sized green tomatoes
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP butter



  1. Wash, core and peel the skin off each of the tomatoes.

coring and peeling green tomatoes

2.  Chop the tomato into bite sized pieces and put in saucepan.

bite sized pieces of green tomatoes in sauce pan

3.  Add lemon peel, lemon juice, salt, and cinnamon and cook the mixture over low heat.  Stir mixture frequently until blended.

4.  Add sugar and cornstarch into the green tomato mixture and cook until clear, stirring constantly.

green tomato mixture cooking over low heat

5.  Add butter, stir until melted, then remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes to cool.

6.  Pour your green tomato mixture into your pie dish, lined with your completed pastry crust.

green tomato pie mixture poured into pie dish

7.  Cover pie with your home-made crumb topping, spreading evenly with a fork to completely cover pie.

crumb topping on green tomato pie, prior to baking in oven

8.  Bake pie in oven at 425 degrees for 40 minutes, or until browned on top.  For best flavor, serve warm and fresh!

green tomato pie

If you get a little section of crumb topping that doesn’t bake because the diced butter pieces weren’t evenly distributed, simply use your fork to move the topping into empty spaces on top of the pie.  As you can see in the photo above, I had a small area of flour on this pie, which I moved into the cracks along the edge.  It blends in just fine.

Bon appetite!

Feel free to share your review of this recipe or provide a link to your own unripe green tomato recipes. (I’m looking for a good green tomato salsa recipe).  I hope you enjoy it!

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