Oven Fried Green Tomatoes (Or Air Fried)

Oven Fried Green Tomatoes on parchment paper on a table

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Every year around this time we harvest all of the unripe garden tomatoes before the frost hits. Many will ripen indoors but, these Oven Fried Green Tomatoes are a delicious way to use some of them up. 

Oven Fried Green Tomatoes on parchment paper on a table

Why You Should Make These In The Oven or Air Fryer

Traditionally, these green tomatoes are fried in oil on the stovetop. But, just like with these Baked Zucchini Fritters, you can achieve a crisp and satisfying result in a hot oven or air fryer. Eliminating the mess of frying in oil, along with all the extra calories and fat.

This recipe is seriously easy, and just as seriously yummy. Prep time is only 10 minutes, and they bake up in 20 minutes. These are an incredibly easy appetizer, especially if you have a garden (or a friend that does) and need to use up some of those unripened tomatoes.

 

Fried tomatoes on a table with dipping sauce

What You Need to Make This Recipe

The first thing you need, of course, is green, unripe tomatoes. If you don’t have a garden, these may be a little bit hard to find. (Try your local farmer’s market). But since you’re here, I am assuming that either you do have a garden, or you know someone who does. And you found this recipe with the intention of using some of them up. So hey, hi, welcome, so happy that you found us!

Green tomatoes in a wooden bowl on a table

You’ll also need the ingredients for breading the green tomato slices. They are:

  • Flour: I use a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour, but if gluten isn’t an issue for you, simply use regular all-purpose flour
  • Eggs: 2 large eggs will give you enough to coat all the tomato slices.
  • Panko: I use gluten-free panko crumbs, but again, feel free to use regular panko
  • Parmesan: Freshly grated Parmesan is always best. The pre-grated powdery stuff that’s sold in the can may have its place in your kitchen. (See In Defense of Powdered Parmesan). However, it simply doesn’t taste as good, or melt as well, as the real deal. 
  • Seasonings: salt and pepper, of course, as well as basil and oregano. Or if you prefer, use an Italian seasoning blend. Along with the Parmesan cheese, this is going to give our oven fried green tomatoes an Italian twist. (See later in this post for variations).
  • Caesar Salad Dressing: for dipping. You can also use ranch dressing.

Bowls of bread crumbs, eggs, spices and a lemon on a wooden board

Parmesan Cheese being grated on a wooden board

How To Make This Recipe (Step By Step)

  1. Slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices. (discard the rounded end and stem end)

Green tomato slices on a cutting board with a knife

2.Beat the eggs and lemon juice in a small bowl

3.Put the flour into another small bowl

4.Combine the panko crumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper, basil, oregano & thyme in a larger bowl.

5.Set up your breading station: line things up in this order: sliced tomatoes, flour, egg, panko mixture, prepared baking sheet.

6.One by one, dredge each tomato slice in the flour to coat, shaking off the excess.

Green tomato slice being dredged in flour

7.Then dip the flour dredged tomato slice in the beaten egg to coat.

Dipping flour-dredged green tomato slice in beaten egg

8.Finally put the tomato slice in the panko mixture, turning and pressing to coat

Coating green tomato slices in bread crumbs

9. Arrange, spaced apart, on the prepared baking sheet.

Breaded green tomato slices on a baking sheet

10. Bake until crisp and golden in a 400° oven for 20 minutes, turning halfway through

Oven Fried Green Tomatoes on a baking sheet

 

Garnish with paprika, if you like, and serve hot, with Caesar dressing for dipping

Oven Fried Green Tomatoes on parchment on a wooden table

Tips For Perfect Oven Fried Green Tomatoes

Use tomatoes that are all green and don’t have any red yet. The riper the tomato is, the juicier it is. Which we don’t want here because we don’t want soggy oven-fried tomatoes.

For easy cleanup, use parchment or foil to line your baking pan.

a misting of olive oil on both sides will improve crispness and colour, but if you are using parchment paper to line the baking pan, you can skip the oil.

These are best served hot, but you can make them ahead, cool and freeze them. After defrosting, bake them again for 5-6 minutes at 350° to crisp and warm them.

You can use an air fryer for this recipe. See the recipe for instructions.

Fried green tomatoes on parchment paper on a wooden table

Variation Suggestions

Make this recipe gluten-free by using the same amounts of gluten-free all-purpose flour and gluten-free panko.

Make it dairy-free by omitting the parmesan cheese & increasing the panko.

Try a more Southern version by using Cajun spices in place of the Italian ones, omitting the cheese, and using a buttermilk ranch dressing for dipping.

Try a Tex-Mex version. Use lime juice in place of lemon, Omit the cheese and replace with cornmeal, replace the Italian seasonings with chilli powder or taco seasoning and use chipotle mayonnaise for dipping.

A fried green tomato being dipped in ranch dressing

How To Eat Them?

These crispy appetizers are a natural choice while sipping on Spiked Iced Tea. We love them for replacing the ripe tomato in BLT’s, and burgers like Chipotle BLT Cheeseburgers or Bean & Lentil Veggie Burgers

Oven Fried Green Tomatoes on parchment paper on a table

Oven Fried Green Tomatoes

Colleen
Healthier "Fried" Green Tomatoes are crisp and delicious without the mess and extra calories. Perfect for the end of season unripe tomatoes
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 52 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 tomatoes unripe, green
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 eggs large, beaten
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or gluten-free panko
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • olive oil for misting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Prepare a rimmed baking sheet by spraying with cooking spray, or lining with parchment paper
  • In a small bowl, combine beaten eggs and lemon juice
  • Put the flour Into another small bowl
  • In a larger bowl, whisk together the panko, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, thyme, salt & pepper.
  • Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices
  • One by one, dredge each slice in flour, shaking off excess
  • Dip each flour-dredged tomato slice in the beaten egg mixture
  • Put the flour and egg coated tomato slice in the panko mixture, turning and pressing to coat with crumbs.

Oven Method

  • Arrange the breaded tomato slices on a baking sheet, spaced apart evenly.
  • Lightly mist each breaded tomato slice with olive oil or cooking spray, then turn and do the same on the other side.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, turning halfway through
  • Sprinkle with paprika for garnish
  • Serve hot, with Caesar dressing for dipping

Air Fryer Method

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°
  • Lightly mist the air fryer basket with oil
  • Place breaded tomato slices in the basket and mist the tops with oil, keeping the slices separated
  • Air Fry for 5 minutes
  • Flip, and air fry for 3 minutes more
  • Garnish and serve as per Oven instructions

Notes

The breading process can make for a sticky mess on your fingers, so here's a breading tip: Use one hand for the dry ingredients, and the other for the wet (beaten egg). It can feel a bit awkward at first but it really speeds up the process once you get the hang of it.
If you have fresh basil, you can substitute one tbsp of that, chopped, for the dried basil.
Air fryers vary in size, so the size of your appliance will determine how many pieces you can air fry at once. You will be doing them in batches, so it's a good idea to keep them in a low oven as they cook.

Nutrition

Serving: 1PieceCalories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 194mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 328IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg
Keyword oven fried appetizer, panko, parmesan cheese, tomato appetizer, unripe tomatoes
Tried this recipe? What changes did you make?Let us know how it was!

 

 

 

 

33 thoughts on “Oven Fried Green Tomatoes (Or Air Fried)

  1. Hey Colleen,
    Just the right time you posted this unique recipe and I couldn’t resist trying it, had a big batch of green tomatoes from my backyard.
    These even fried tomatoes tasted so so good! Even my kids loved these so much so that they kept on asking for more and more. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! 🙂

  2. So good!!! I too just harvested all my remaining tomatoes and this recipe was perfect. So flavourful and crisp. Thank you so much!

  3. Oh my god, I never thought of friring tomatoes. What a brillinat idea and those green tomatoes looks absolutely delicious!

  4. I love this idea and will definitely be making them next year! I grew tomatoes for the first time this year and many weren’t ripened before the 1st frost. Luv it!

  5. My family and I love tomatoes and this would be a really interesting new recipe to make for us! the green tomatoes look amazing and beautiful. I really need to try this recipe out and see what it’s all about! thank you for sharing this recipe.

  6. We love green fired tomatoes but I can’t say I enjoy getting the grease out. When I saw your recipe for the oven version I had to try it. They were really good. This is certainly a good alternative to our deep fried ones. It also saves on the calories.

  7. These oven baked Green tomatoes look lovely Colleen! Now to go and look as not sure if our friends with gardens have any left with winter set in. Could I substitute with Zucchini?

      1. I love green tomatoes, but have never tried them fried. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to get a good batch of green tomatoes to try this out!

  8. We has SO MANY green tomatoes this year and they just wouldn’t turn red! I made Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time this year and wow! Absolutely delicious. Worth the effort!

  9. THANK YOU for this awesome oven-fried tomato recipe. I try not to deep fry foods too often, but was missing my green tomatoes. This recipe is exactly what I needed. Thank you for the easy steps and directions!

  10. I love this recipe. Works as a side dish or appetizer. Making them in the air fryer, they turn out crispy and delicious.

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