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Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

by Karly


Our air fryer fried green tomatoes recipe only takes 10 minutes to prepare and cook! Tangy green tomatoes coated in a crispy breading – hard to resist!

A small black plate with a stack of fried green tomatoes.

The first time I ever heard of fried green tomatoes was from the movie that has the same name. That movie came out when I was a kid, and I had never eaten them as a kid so I thought it was like joke food. Not something people actually ate.

Then, after getting married, my in-laws were making fried green tomatoes on the stove one day. They insisted I try them and wow! I love them now and we make them at home often.

Of course, no one wants to heat a pot of oil, stand over it frying tomatoes, and then dispose of it afterward while making your house stink of fried food! These days we make fried green tomatoes in the air fryer. They turn out nice and crispy and it’s so much easier!

Be sure to check out the recipe for our sauce for fried green tomatoes too! It’s a must, in my opinion!

Ingredient Notes:

Fried green tomato ingredients spread out on a countertop.

Tomatoes – We need two large green tomatoes. You want your tomatoes firm, but not hard. This is the reason we pick them before they ripen. We don’t want them soft and juicy to fry them. We want to bite off pieces instead of having the tomato break apart in our hands.

Seasoning ingredients- Flour, eggs, buttermilk, corn meal, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. We add a tiny amount of hot sauce in ours as well – not enough to make things spicy, just enough to give it some flavor.

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes in the Air Fryer:

Collage of the steps of adding breading to tomato slices.

Prep the tomatoes- Slice them into slices around or just under 1/4″ thick.

Flour – Dip the sliced tomatoes into flour to coat.

Wet Ingredients – Next, dip your floured tomato slices into a mixture of eggs, buttermilk, and hot sauce.

Bread Crumbs – Finally, take the wet tomatoes and coat them in a mixture of cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Press the tomatoes slightly into the breadcrumb mix to be sure it is fully coated in the breading.

Overhead view of breaded tomato slices in an air fryer basket.

Air fry the tomatoes – Spritz your air fryer basket with oil and arrange the tomato slices in a single layer in your basket. Cook in batches if your air fryer basket isn’t large enough to fit all your tomato slices. Spritz the tomatoes with oil as well. Air fry for 5 minutes at 390 degrees F.

FAQ:

Are fried green tomatoes just unripe tomatoes?

Yes, green tomatoes are picked from the vine before ripening and turning red. They’re firm and a bit tangy before ripening and they hold up well to breading and frying.

Why did my air fried tomatoes come out soggy?

It is possible your tomatoes were too ripe. Select a good firm tomato for frying. Also, be sure you are fully covering your slices in the flour, egg, and bread crumbs. The slices should be fully coated in each of these stages.

How do you pick green tomatoes for frying?

Look for tomatoes that have reached their mature size and are green and firm, but not hard.

What dishes can I serve with fried green tomatoes?

They usually go best with other fried foods. Fried chicken and fried fish are good choices. You can also make a BLT sandwich with fried green tomatoes instead of ripe red tomatoes!

Close up of a slice of a fried green tomato in an air fryer.

Recipe Tips

Fried green tomatoes are best served with a dipping sauce!

We used a homemade dipping sauce specially made for fried green tomatoes. Other options are ranch dressing or thousand island.

More air fryer recipes you might like:

Close up of a woman holding a fried green tomato.

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Stacked fried green tomatoes on a small black plate.

Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These crispy fried green tomatoes are made with a breading of cornmeal and breadcrumbs. Super simple to prepare and the air fryer makes them nice and crispy.

Ingredients

  • 2 large green tomatoes
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • ¾ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the green tomatoes in ¼ inch thick slices.
  2. Add the flour to a shallow dish.
  3. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and hot sauce to a second shallow dish and whisk until smooth. 
  4. Add the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper to a third shallow dish and stir to combine.
  5. Dip the tomato slices one by one into first the flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Press the tomato into the breadcrumbs to be sure the coating sticks.
  6. Spritz an air fryer basket with non-stick spray and arrange the breaded tomatoes in a single layer. You may need to work in batches. Spritz tomatoes liberally with non-stick spray.
  7. Air fry at 390 degrees for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Subsequent batches will cook a bit faster as the air fryer will be hot.

Notes

For a Cajun twist, add your favorite Cajun seasoning to the cornmeal breading.

We tend to keep the breading pretty simple and go big with a dipping sauce, like this dipping sauce for fried green tomatoes. If you'd like more flavor in the breading itself, add in your preferred seasonings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1291mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 11g

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