I have a good friend and neighbor who had an incredible tomato plant this year but they all stayed green. Since they are leaving to go out of town, they offered me free pick of the tomatoes. Being as I don’t want to let a good thing pass, I decided to make this recipe.
Fried Green tomatoes, not only a fantastic movie but a decidedly southern staple. <– or so you thought, this particular dish come to its origins in the US in the 19th century by Jewish immigrants and later appeared in Northeastern and Midwestern cookbooks in 1919. You would be hard-pressed to find this recipe (not this particular one) in a recipe book before 1970 in the south.
I air-fried these and I was skeptical, yet they came out so (really) good. They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The seasoning I used was a blend by Cuisinart link here.
Start with green tomatoes, make sure to grab the firmest ones.
I used Oat milk, you can use buttermilk if you don’t mind keeping them dairy-free.
I used Rice flour instead of corn starch.
In place of Cornmeal I used Flax seeds, this is where I added the additional spices I wanted.
Last I used gluten-free panko, this could be skipped and I am pretty sure the crispy texture will be the same.
Place the oat milk, rice flour, flax seed, and panko in separate bowls.
I dipped in the oat milk, rice flour, back into the oat milk then flax seed and panko last.
Make sure to slice the tomatoes thinly, they are much easier to handle than ripe tomatoes and you won’t have any issues slicing them thin. They are firm enough to hold up under the pressure, unlike their older siblings the red tomatoes.
My particular air fryer has shelves, due to this I won’t have to turn them to make sure they “fry” on both sides. If you have a traditional basket air-fryer, you will want to turn the slices over halfway through to make sure they are completely crispy.
These taste great, if I were to do it again, I would take the panko and crush it a bit more, the way the gluten-free panko is done does not adhere as much and stands out more than regular panko. With that being said this is an ideal slice of goodness any of your friends or family would enjoy.
This is one of those easy recipes, no real measuring just plop, dump, and cook. Easy peasy.
“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”Rumi
A take on the classic, this particular one is gluten-free and dairy-free.
- green tomatoes sliced thin
- Spices of your choosing
- Gluten Free Panko
- Oat milk
- Rice Flour
- Flax Seed
Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees
- Slice tomatoes thin
- Place spices in a bowl with the flax seed
- Place the oat milk, panko, rice flour in separate bowls
- Dip tomatoes in oat milk, rice four, back to the oat milk, flax seed and panko.
- Place in your air fryer, I did not use a spray oil, but you can at this point.
- Cook at 400 for 12 minutes or more depending on your fryer