Crunchy Air Fryer Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe for the Win by 30Seconds Food

Crunchy Air Fryer Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe for the Win

Fried green tomatoes are a staple in the south. Tart, unripe tomatoes are coated in a batter then deep fried. What's not to love? Maybe all the fat? This air fryer fried green tomato recipe uses minimal oil (and it's olive oil) to create the crispy crust. 

For this southern air fryer recipe you'll need large green tomatoes, flour, eggs, buttermilk, panko breadcrumbs, cornmeal and olive oil spray. The green tomato slices are dipped in buttermilk and eggs before being dredged in a mixture of flour, panko and cornmeal. Put the breaded tomato slices into the air fryer, mist with olive oil cooking spray and air fry until golden and crispy. 

Serve this fried green tomatoes recipe with ranchfry sauce, Cajun sauce, remoulade sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 large green tomatoes, cut into slices (about 1/4-inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 cup cornmeal

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Recipe Notes

  • Don't slice the tomatoes thin or they could fall apart. Thicker tomato slices work best.
  • Be sure to preheat the air fryer before putting the tomatoes on the tray or in the basket. 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Pat the tomatoes dry with paper towels then season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Put the flour into a bowl. Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk in another bowl. Mix the panko and cornmeal together into a third bowl. 
  4. Dip the tomatoes into the flour, then egg and lastly the panko. Put them in the air fryer basket or on the tray. Mist them all over with the olive oil spray. 
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes, turn them over and mist the other side with olive oil cooking spray and continue to cook for about 3 to 4 more minutes. 

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Air Fryers $60 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Cornmeal $2 & Up
Panko $2 & Up
Olive Oil Spray $3 & Up

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Julie Rose
Such a fun idea! ๐Ÿ˜
Elisa Schmitz
Mmm! Adding this to my list of must-make air fryer recipes (the list is growing).
Always heard of fried green tomatoes but haven't tried them yet...

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