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Air Fryer Green Tomatoes

Crispy, crunchy, and delicious, these Air Fryer Green Tomatoes will be a huge hit! Perfect as a fast appetizer or a side dish, healthy fried green tomatoes are sure to become a family favorite. No air fryer? We have alternative cooking methods too!

a plate of fried green tomatoes on a white board with small green tomatoes

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These fried green tomatoes are a healthier take on the deep-fried classic. Using just a little olive oil, the air fryer gives this dish a crispy breading with perfectly cooked tomatoes on the inside. 

So hit up the garden or farmer’s market, grab some unripe tomatoes and let’s make something amazing!

Just like my Fried Artichoke Hearts, Air Fryer Okra, and Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, this recipe takes delicious veggies and turns them into a healthier app or game-day snack.

No air fryer? Check out the recipe notes for baking instructions. Let’s do this!

Air Fryer Green Tomato Ingredients

Save any extra cornmeal to make a batch of this Air Fryer Cornbread – YUM!

bowls of ingredients, green tomatoes, and a misto on a white board

Make a batch and then start dipping to your heart’s content. Some awesome dip options are Yogurt Ranch DressingWhole30 BBQ Sauce, or Sriracha Vegan Aioli.

The dip shown in these photos is Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce with some Tony’s mixed in for a kick.

6 step by step photos showing how to dip and cook air fryer green tomatoes

PRO TIPS/RECIPE NOTES

  • If you are unable to find Tony’s seasoning, you can sub in Old Bay.
  • After spraying the olive oil on the breading, allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes. This will allow the panko to soak up the oil, creating the crunchiest coating ever.
  • If you use sodium-free seasoning, salt the breading to taste if desired.
  • To get the most consistent slices, use a serrated bread knife. Aim for slices ~ 1/3 inch thick.
  • You can use buttermilk in place of the egg. Related: Can You Freeze Buttermilk
  • To make these air fryer green tomatoes gluten-free or low carb, replace all the flour/bread crumbs with almond flour.

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a hand dipping a fried tomato into a bowl of red sauce

Air Fryer Green Tomatoes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Crispy, crunchy, and delicious, these Air Fryer Green Tomatoes will be a huge hit!

Ingredients

  • 3 green tomatoes {medium-large beefsteaks}
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1.5 tsp Tony's Chachere's
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Slice tomatoes about 1/3 inch thick.
  • In one bowl add flour, in another combine cornmeal, panko, and Tony's. In a third bowl combine beaten egg and water. Set up an empty plate.
  • It's easiest to work in batches of 2. With your left hand, dredge 2 tomatoes through the flour and shake the excess off. 
  • With your left hand, drop them into the egg mixture, stirring to coat.
  • Use your right hand and drop them into the cornmeal bowl and toss to coat. Place your breaded tomatoes onto a plate. Repeat.
  • Once you've finished breading all of them, spray the tops of the tomatoes with olive oil spray while they're still on the plate. Really coat them and then let them sit 2-3 minutes.
  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil and gently place the breaded tomatoes in the basket. Don't overcrowd the basket.
  • Cook for 6 minutes at 390 degrees F. Flip (easiest to use the tines of a fork). Spray the tops with additional olive oil spray if they need it.
  • Cook for an additional 2 minutes and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

Skillet Instructions: heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add enough high-heat oil to cover the bottom. Fry tomatoes in batches, flipping halfway through. Remove using a slotted spoon and allow to rest on a plate lined with paper towels.
 
If you use sodium-free seasoning, salt the breading to taste if desired.
 
Special thanks to Miss Brenda and Kristina for guidance on this recipe. They are my source for all things Southern. 🙂
 
 
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Green Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving (3 slices)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 235mg7%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 652IU13%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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