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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. Excellent! I was out of bread crumbs but spied some stuffing mix in my pantry. Whirred that in my Nutribullet and voila! Also added some cajun seasoning to the final dipping mix. (And DO use buttermilk — helps bring out the tang in the tomatoes!)

  2. John Bennett

    These fried green tomatoes turned out amazing.

    I added to the breading 1 tsp each:
    Onion powder
    Garlic powder

    And a large pinch salt and pepper
    And a tiny bit of chipotle powder

    Air frying them makes for the freshest flavor.

  3. I did not have an oil mister so I mixed a tablespoon of peanut oil into the panko/corn meal mix. That appeared to work perfectly well.

  4. Made per recipe with the exception of I used Country Bob’s seasoning salt in place of S&P. I also sprayed with Pam. Very yummy!

  5. Very flavorful and delicious. They were perfectly cooked in the air fryer and it was so great not to have to fry them in oil. This is a keeper!

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