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Southern Comfort Food: Fried Green Tomatoes in the Air Fryer Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

Whipping up my Southern Comfort Cuisine today! Slicing green tomatoes, coating them in a zesty cornmeal mix, then air frying to crispy perfection. Can't wait to savor these golden beauties!

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Here's something I whipped up that you're bound to fall in love with - Southern Comfort Cuisine. Picture bite-sized slices of green tomatoes, coated in a seasoned cornmeal-mix, air fried until they're crisp and golden brown. It's my go-to when I'm in the mood for a simple, heartwarming side dish. There's something about this concoction of textures and flavors that never fails to bring a smile to my face. Let's get frying!

Ingredients for Delicious Southern Comfort Food

  • Green tomatoes: Unripe tomatoes with a tangy flavor and firm texture, perfect for frying to create a crispy and savory dish.
  • Cornmeal: Adds a crunchy coating to the tomatoes, enhancing texture and flavor while providing a satisfying crunch when air-fried.

Essential Tools for Preparing Southern Comfort Cuisine

  • Air fryer: Cooks the green tomatoes to crispy perfection without the need for deep frying.
  • Shallow dish: Used to coat the tomato slices evenly with the cornmeal mixture.
  • Cooking spray: Prevents the tomato slices from sticking to the air fryer basket during cooking.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 4 green tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a shallow dish, mix cornmeal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Dredge tomato slices in the cornmeal mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  4. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  5. Place the coated tomato slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  6. Air fry for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until tomatoes are crispy and golden brown.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 180 kcal | Carbohydrates: 40 g | Protein: 4 g | Total Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 590 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 20 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Make Ahead and Freezing Tips for Southern Comfort Cuisine

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the green tomatoes as per the recipe instructions.
  • Instead of air frying, arrange the coated tomato slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the tomato slices are frozen solid.
  • Once frozen, transfer the tomato slices to a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the fried green tomatoes to cool completely.
  • Place the tomatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.
  • Transfer the frozen tomatoes to a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • When ready to eat, reheat the frozen tomatoes in the air fryer until crispy and heated through.

One interesting fact about this southern comfort cuisine recipe is that you can add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese to the cornmeal mixture for an extra savory kick! It adds a delicious depth of flavor to the crispy fried green tomatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Southern Comfort Cooking

How do I know when the green tomatoes are crispy enough in the air fryer?
You'll know the green tomatoes are crispy enough when they turn golden brown and have a crunchy texture.
Can I use regular tomatoes instead of green tomatoes for this recipe?
Green tomatoes are recommended for this recipe as they hold up better to the air frying process and provide a tangy flavor.
Do I need to peel the green tomatoes before slicing them?
No, you do not need to peel the green tomatoes before slicing them. The skin adds texture and flavor to the dish.
Can I use a different coating instead of cornmeal for the green tomatoes?
While cornmeal is traditional for coating green tomatoes, you can experiment with other coatings like breadcrumbs or panko for a different texture.
How should I store any leftover fried green tomatoes?
To store any leftover fried green tomatoes, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes to crisp them up again before serving.

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