Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

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Air Fryer Green Tomatoes have the same satisfying crunch as their fried counterparts without all the grease. What’s not to love about that?

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.

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Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fryer Green Tomatoes have the same satisfying crunch as their fried counterparts without all the grease. What’s not to love about that?

  • Author: Traci DeVito
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium green tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Non-stick cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into 1/4-inch wide slices. Discard both ends.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Set aside.
  4. Add 1/4 cup flour to a plate. On a second plate, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper, using a fork or whisk to combine.
  5. Dredge each tomato slice in the plain flour, then in the buttermilk/egg mixture, then in the flour/cornmeal mixture.
  6. Once the air fryer heats up, open the drawer and spray the basket thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

 

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