Pork steaks with a sweet southern twist plus fried green tomatoes Low FODMAP (contains fructose)

I have always wanted to try fried green tomatoes ever since I watched the film ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-stop Cafe‘. It is one of my favourite films starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, it has a complex plot but is worth watching. Well, on Saturday I bought some green tomatoes and decided I would finally give it a go! I also bought some pork steaks so here is the recipe:

IMG_1833Pork Steaks

2 pork steaks

1 tablespoon of golden syrup

1 tablespoon of garlic infused olive oil

½ teaspoon of paprika

½ teaspoon of ground allspice

1 large sage leaf

3-4 strands of thyme


1 inch piece of ginger


Chop the herbs and ginger and mix with golden syrup, garlic infused oil, paprika, salt and allspice.

Rub this mixture into the pork steaks.

I cooked this immediately but it will probably benefit from marinading for a couple of hours.

Cook in the oven at gas mark 5 for 1.5 hours (the longer the better really to ensure the pork is really tender.)

Fried green tomatoes.

4 green tomatoes

Gluten free flour

1-2 eggs

maize meal

salt & pepper

Garlic infused oil


Slice the tomatoes and dry them between pieces of kitchen paper.

Put the gluten-free flour on a flat plate and season with salt & pepper

Crack the eggs into a dish and beat with a fork

Put the maize meal onto another flat plate and season with salt & pepper.

Dip the sliced tomato into the gluten-free flour first, then egg and finally into the maize meal. Coat thoroughly with each dip.

Fry the tomatoes in a little oil till golden.

I served both these dishes with a little boiled rice and tomato with rocket.

According to the reviews I read on the internet before I tried this dish people have lots of memories of eating fried green tomatoes cooked by their mothers and grandmothers. I am sure I cannot give this dish the taste that someone who has cooked this for family for years. But I have to mention that it is a dish that doesn’t seem to be worse for using gluten-free flour – in fact I think by using a rice based gluten-free flour blend, the crispness may be better than the original!

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I am a state registered dietitian. My speciality is dietary treatment of gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, lactose & fructose malabsorption and multiple food intolerances. I have had lots of experience in other areas of dietetics and I wished to start this blog to spread the word about evidence based dietary treatments and dispel much of the quackery that is common with these diseases. All information on this site is of a general nature and is based on UK based treatments and guidelines. Please see your healthcare practitioner should you need more country specific information.

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