Air Fryer Green Tomatoes have the same satisfying crunch as their fried counterparts without all the grease. What’s not to love about that?
Let’s be real: anything fried is delicious—fried green tomatoes included. There is nothing quite like taking a bite of a piping hot, tart and juicy green tomato encased in a golden, perfectly crispy cornmeal coating. The traditional method for cooking fried tomatoes, of course, involves frying—namely in about 1/4 cup to 1 cup of oil. This recipe, however, provides the same crispy coating with the use of just a little non-stick cooking spray. How is this possible, you ask? The air fryer!
If you haven’t yet hopped on the air fryer train, I hope this post convinces you. In fact, we use this one and love it. These air-fried green tomatoes are legitimate and give the traditional pan-fried version a run for their money. The bonus is that they are quite a bit lighter thanks to the use of less oil, and you won’t need to drain them. Plus, since they’re on the healthier side, you can eat more of them. That’s a total win.
If you’re looking to try out the Southern delicacy using the same recipe fried in oil instead, I highly recommend giving these Classic Fried Green Tomatoes a whirl. Either way, you’ll end up with crispy tomatoes coated with a simple but incredibly tasty breading of cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper with a hint of buttermilk that you won’t want to share with anyone.Print
- 4 medium green tomatoes
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- ½ cup flour, divided
- ½ cup cornmeal
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- Non-stick cooking oil
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Cut the tomatoes into 1/4-inch wide slices. Discard both ends.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Set aside.
- Add ¼ cup flour to a plate. On a second plate, add the remaining ¼ cup flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper, using a fork or whisk to combine.
- Dredge each tomato slice in the plain flour, then in the buttermilk/egg mixture, then in the flour/cornmeal mixture.
- Once the air fryer heats up, open the drawer and spray the basket thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add a single layer of tomatoes with enough room for them not to touch. Spray each tomato lightly with non-stick cooking spray, then cook for 8 minutes.
- Open the drawer and flip the tomatoes, spraying the other side with non-stick cooking spray as well. Cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Repeat in batches as needed.