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Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

Crunchy on the outside and perfectly delicious, these Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes make a terrific appetizer or side dish. They are even great for sandwiches!

overhead photo of white plate with fried green tomatoes with more on cooling rack in background

Last year, a follower messaged me to ask if I could come up with an oil-free, dairy-free version of fried green tomatoes. I decided to wait until spring to start working on it because that’s the best time to grow (or buy) perfect tomatoes.

These can be baked in an oven, and I have included instructions. However, if you have an air fryer, that’s really the best cooking method to get the tomato slices nice and crunchy. Another crunchy oil-free side dish is my Air Fried Potato Wedges.

cooked air fried green tomatoes on black cooling rack

Are fried green tomatoes just unripe tomatoes?

Well, mostly the answer is yes. However, there is a less common heirloom variety of tomato that is green even when ripe. Most of the time though, the fried green tomatoes you’ll run into are just unripe red tomatoes.

My understanding is that real green tomatoes–the heirloom type–have verticle stripes and different colorings mingled in. They are also softer and sweeter because they are fully ripe.

Personally, I think unripe tomatoes are better for this recipe because they are firmer and less sweet.

whole green tomatoes in handmade wood tray

Ingredients needed

This recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Everything is wholesome, and you might even already have everything you’ll need.

  • Green tomatoes- Use unripe red tomatoes or the true green heirloom variety.
  • Flour- I use whole wheat flour, but other types can also be used.
  • Flax egg- These are simple to make with a little flax meal and water.
  • Cornmeal- I use coarse yellow cornmeal.
  • Bread crumbs- Panko or other varieties work well.
  • Seasoning- The spices that I like to use are garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Lime juice- This is for spritzing during the cooking process. Water can also be used.

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

How to make fried green tomatoes

Begin by washing and then cutting the green tomatoes into 1/4″-1/2″ slices.

slices of green tomatoes on wooden cutting board with a whole green tomato beside

Whip up flax eggs by combining 2 tablespoons flax meal and 1/2 cup warm water in a bowl. Whisk together vigorously. Allow it to sit for about 5-minutes to gel up to the consistency of egg whites.

flax egg in stainless spoon

Place the flour in a shallow bowl or dish. This can even be done on a paper plate if you want to mess up fewer dishes.

In another medium bowl, stir together the corn meal, bread crumbs, and spices.

Line the three bowls up in the order that they will be used–flour, flax egg, and bread crumb/cornmeal mixture.

green tomatoes sliced and being battered in flour and bread crumbs

First, coat each tomato slice in flour by rolling it around in the dish until completely covered. Next, dip it into the flax egg bowl to coat well. Lastly, press it into the bread crumb mixture firmly on each side.

Place each tomato slice onto a plate or platter and continue the process until every piece has been battered.

Mist each side of the battered tomatoes with lime juice or water in a spray bottle. This is for flavor and to keep the batter from being too crumbly.

battered green tomatoes on black platter ready to be cooked

Place the slices into your air fryer in a single layer and sprinkle a little more garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt on top if desired. Be sure not to overlap the slices or they won’t cook evenly. You will likely need to cook these in a couple of batches.

Set the air fryer temperature to 400°F and the time to 10 minutes. Check them after 5-8 minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly. If they are drying out too much, spritz them with a little more lime juice or water.

battered green tomatoes in air fryer basket

Once cooked, serve immediately while still warm. I highly recommend whipping up a batch of my Chipotle Sauce to dip them into because it’s out of this world. I’m serious here…the sauce will take these fried tomatoes to a whole new level, just trust me!

overhead shot of slices of air fried green tomatoes on cutting board with chipotle dipping sauce

Tips for making air fryer fried green tomatoes

  • Oven cooking method- These can also be made in your oven. Preheat the temperature to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and lay the battered slices in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes until golden on the top. Flip them over, spritz the other side with lime juice and cook for another 8-10 minutes until browned on top.
  • Choosing tomatoes- Even though red tomatoes can be air fried, green tomatoes work best. I did both and found that the green ones are much firmer and better suited for air frying. The red tomatoes were just too soft and sweet for my taste.
  • Spritz- I highly recommend spritzing the tomato slices with lime juice to keep the batter from becoming too dried out. Water can be used, but lime (or lemon) juice gives a great added flavor.
3 slices of air fryer green tomatoes stacked on wood cutting board

Dipping sauce ideas

Please, please try my chipotle sauce with this recipe. It’s not too spicy unless you want it to be. Here are some great dipping sauce options.

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overhead photo of white plate with fried green tomatoes with more on cooling rack in background

Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crunchy on the outside and perfectly delicious, these Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes make a terrific appetizer or side dish. They are even great for sandwiches!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Begin by washing and then cutting the green tomatoes into 1/4″ to 1/2" slices.
  2. Whip up flax eggs by combining 2 tablespoons flax meal and 1/2 cup warm water in a bowl. Whisk together vigorously. Allow it to sit for about 5-minutes to gel up to the consistency of egg whites.
  3. Place the flour in a shallow bowl or dish. This can even be done on a paper plate if you want to mess up fewer dishes. In another medium bowl, stir together the cornmeal, bread crumbs, and spices.
  4. Line the three bowls up in the order that they will be used–flour, flax egg, and bread crumb/cornmeal mixture.
  5. First, coat each tomato slice in flour by rolling it around in the dish until completely covered. Next, dip it into the flax egg bowl to coat well. Lastly, press it into the bread crumb mixture firmly on each side.
  6. Place each tomato slice onto a plate or platter and continue the process until every piece has been battered.
  7. Mist each side of the battered tomatoes with lime juice or water in a spray bottle. This is for flavor and to keep the batter from being too crumbly.
  8. Place the slices into your air fryer in a single layer and sprinkle a little more garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt on top if desired. Be sure not to overlap the slices or they won’t cook evenly. You will likely need to cook these in a couple of batches.
  9. Set the air fryer temperature to 400°F and the time to 10 minutes. Check them after 5-8 minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly. If they are drying out too much, spritz them with a little more lime juice or water.
  10. Once cooked, serve immediately while still warm. I highly recommend whipping up a batch of my Chipotle Sauce to dip them into because it’s out of this world. I’m serious here…the sauce will take these fried tomatoes to a whole new level, just trust me! I've also included more dipping sauce options below.

Notes

Tips for making air fryer fried green tomatoes:

  • Oven cooking method- These can also be made in your oven. Preheat the temperature to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and lay the battered sliced in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes until golden on the top. Flip them over, spritz the other side with lime juice and cook for another 8-10 minutes until browned on top.
  • Choosing tomatoes- Even though red tomatoes can be air fried, green tomatoes work best. I did both and found that the green ones are much more firm and better suited for air frying. The red toomatoes were just too soft and sweet for my taste.
  • Spritz- I highly recommend spritzing the tomato slices with lime juice to keep the batter from becoming too dried out. Water can be used, but lime (or lemon) juice gives a great added flavor.


Dipping Sauce Options


Please, please try my chipotle sauce with this recipe. It’s not too spicy, unless you want it to be. Here are some great dipping sauce options.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 2.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3.5gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 3.9g

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