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Air-fried green tomatoes with spicy aioli

Total Time
1 hr 10 min
20 min
20 min
This Southern specialty makes a great appetizer, side dish, or main entree when served with some sauteed greens. Make sure your tomatoes are nice and firm so they slice easily and don’t fall apart. Adjust the amount of hot sauce in the aioli to meet your tastes. If you don’t have an air fryer, bake these on parchment-line sheet pans at 425°F for about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping once or twice.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Garlic clove

3 clove(s), finely chopped

Light mayonnaise

¼ cup(s)

Old Bay seasoning

¾ tsp

Hot sauce

4 tsp, divided

Pickle juice

3½ tsp, divided


½ tsp, finely chopped

Green tomatoes

3 large, about 1 3/4 lb


¼ cup(s)

Yellow cornmeal

½ cup(s), finely ground

Whole wheat breadcrumbs

½ cup(s)

Smoked paprika

2 tsp

Garlic powder

2 tsp

Kosher salt

1 tsp

Black pepper

1 tsp


2 item(s), large


2 Tbsp


  1. To make aioli, in a small bowl, stir together garlic, mayonnaise, Old Bay, 1 tsp hot sauce, ½ tsp pickle juice, and dill; set aside.
  2. Slice each tomato into four 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  3. Add cornstarch to a small bowl. In a medium bowl, stir together cornmeal, breadcrumbs, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. In another medium bowl, whisk together eggs, water, remaining 1 tbsp pickle juice, and remaining 1 tbsp hot sauce.
  4. Dip a tomato into cornstarch, shaking off any excess. Then dip tomato into egg mixture, turning to coat. Next, dip tomato into cornmeal mixture, making sure to coat tomato fully. Place on a platter and repeat with remaining tomatoes; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Lightly coat tomatoes with cooking spray. Place tomatoes in a single layer in air fryer basket and cook (in batches if necessary), flipping halfway through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve tomatoes with aioli.
  6. Serving size: 2 tomatoes with 2 tsp sauce