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Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes are super crispy and delicious, plus they are healthy. Only a tiny little bit of oil is needed. Serve them with some Comeback Sauce for a fabulous southern party appetizer or side.

Air Fryrer Fried Green Tomatoes

I recently got an Air Fryer and I love it!! I haven’t tried making that many foods in it yet, but Fried Green Tomatoes were at the top of my list of foods to try.

Fried Green Tomatoes are one of my all time favorite southern foods. I especially love them in a BLT sandwich.

Air Fryrer Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes aren’t the healthiest of foods. I typically fry mine in bacon fat in a cast iron skillet. But these Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes are super healthy. You can eat them as is or serve with some comeback sauce.

Air Fryer

I have the Air Fryer XL 5.3 QT and it is so easy to use. I reheat leftovers in it all the time. It doesn’t take much longer than the microwave AND it makes the food crispy.

UPDATE: I have just started using the COSORI Pro II Air Fryer Oven Combo, 5.8QT and it is my favorite air fryer by far!

Fried Green Tomatoes made in an air fryer

You’ll need an oil mister for this recipe to give the tomatoes a very light coating of oil. Do NOT use PAM or other cooking sprays in an Air Fryer.

For an extra crispy coating these Fried Green Tomatoes are first coated in flour, then dipped in an egg/buttermilk mixture, and finally coated in a mixture of cornmeal and Panko crumbs.


  • I use the  Air Fryer XL 5.3 QT Black DeluxeYou can also get one in a 3.4-quart version, but unless you are just cooking for one, I recommend the larger size.
  • Non-Stick cooking sprays like Pam are not recommended for use with Air Fryers. For best results, you’ll need to get an Oil Mister.
  • The air fryer will get the tomatoes pretty crispy in a short amount of time. Be careful not to leave them in too long or the tomatoes will get too soft.
Low fat Fried Green Tomatoes made in an Air Fryer

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Air Fryrer Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes fry up super crispy with very little oil. You’ll love this healthy way to eat fried green tomatoes!
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes
TOTAL: 13 minutes



  • 2 green tomatoes, (3 if they are smaller)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • mister filled with olive oil or vegetable oil


  • Cut tomatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Pat dry with paper towels and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Place flour in a shallow dish or pie plate, or for easy clean-up use a paper plate.
  • Whisk together eggs and buttermilk in a shallow dish or bowl.
  • Combine Panko crumbs and cornmeal in a shallow dish or pie plate, or for easy clean-up use a paper plate.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Coat the tomato slices in the flour, dip in egg mixture, and then press panko crumb mixture into both sides. Sprinkle a little more salt on them.
  • Mist air fryer basket with oil and place 4 tomato slices in basket. Mist the tops with oil. Air-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Flip tomatoes over, mist with oil and air-fry 3 more minutes.
  • Serve with Comeback sauce if desired.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: air fryer, green tomatoes

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Recipe adapted from Blue Jean Chef

Green Tomato slices that have been fried on a plate with dipping sauce.

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41 thoughts on “Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes”

  1. These turned out amazing! I’ve never tried to bread anything before myself so I was a little nervous but I’m surprised at how easy it was! I added crushed red pepper to the batter and egg mixture. I used them to make a goat cheese BLT – AMAZING!

  2. This recipe was messy, but oh so good.
    I have to be gluten free, so I subbed in GF flour and bread crumbs.
    I used a gluten free Masa corn meal/flour as well.
    The only change I made (other than the gluten free) is I added garlic powder to the flour.
    Other than that, no other changes…
    The worst part of this recipe is waiting for the tomatoes to cool so I could dig IN!!

  3. These fried green tomatoes done in the air fryer were better than the ones I normally make in the cast iron skillet – and using just a fraction of the oil. Probably cut the calories in half or more than half.
    This recipe, by the way, was the first I tried with my new air fryer. It cooked the FGT so fast, and perfectly browned and crispy on all sides. I am completely sold now on the need for an air fryer.

    1. Gwen Freeman

      Yes I have just lay out and let cool. I put them on a paper plate then slide into a freezer bag. FGT anytime you want them. Just cook them in airfryer for a few minutes on each side. Yummm

      1. I would like to try this but I have been told by many Chef’s that this would not work because they will get soggy. Or they would seem rubbery tasting.

        When you take them out of the freezer and cook them do them seem rubbery tasting to you?

  4. Rebecca Friend

    I have a Power AirFryer Pro that has 3 racks. Has anyone made the FGT using one of these – or one similar?

  5. Sporadically Yours

    That was delicious! I picked up two green tomatoes today on a whim. I didn’t know if there was a such thing as air fried green tomatoes but I was hoping so. Yours was the first link I clicked on when googling. Thank you for sharing the sauce recipe as well.

  6. Wonderfully delicious, couldn’t believe how good they were. I’ve always had problems with the coating staying on the tomatoes when frying the traditional way. But this recipe with a a little ingenuity (a tooth pick) to turn and move the tomato slices from dish to dish, kept the coating evenly distributed (no finger holes). I took the advice of a friend and used heavy cream instead of buttermilk and put all the seasoning in the egg/milk mixture. Additionally, I used lemon pepper, Tony’s Bold Creole Seasoning and garlic powder instead of regular salt and pepper. WOW! Not only a little kick, but the taste was something my Grandma would approve of.

    1. Just recently was introduced to Tony Chackeres bold. I put that on everything that I want a little heat.

  7. First time having a green tomato and it sure came out tasty! I did tweak it just slightly in that right before the flour dip, I lightly sprinkled one side of the tomato slice with garlic powder and cayenne pepper along with the salt and pepper. Gave it a little kick 🙂 otherwise followed everything else. Hubby was very pleased 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    1. How small is your air fryer?? I would definitely be able to do 12-15 slices at a time in my Kalorik Max air fryer 26qt

    2. That’s just what I was thinking? I’d want to make at least 12-15 slices but that’s going to take time!!!

  8. It had a good crust. However, it was a little bland. Next time, I’ll definitely add some slap your mama or old bay

    1. Thank you I was searching the reviews for buttermilk substitute as I don’t have any will be trying with Milk I’m excited to give these a try just picked the last of the green tomatoes from the garden

  9. Regina panko yra japoniškoje ir korėjietiškoje virtuvėje naudojami “džiūvėsiai. Jų tikrai rasite didesniuose prekybcentriuose, Azijos ingredientų skyriuje. Tie džiūvėsiai daug stambesni nei mūsiškiai, kartu ir lengvesni (iš pažiūros gali antrodyti, kad ten kokie vafliai sutrupinti) Aš beveik visais atvejais, kai ką nors paneruoju, naudoju panko, bet ne džiūvėsius. Jie sugeria mažiau riebalų kepant, ir visada, visais atvejais išlieka labai labai traškūs.

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