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Fire Roasted Tomatoes add richness and a touch of sweetness to any recipe they are added. You can easily prepare them at home, either on the grill or in the oven.

You can swap out these fire-roasted tomatoes for any tomato product. This creamy Tomato Soup is one of my favorite soups as is. But every now and again, I enjoy swapping out the plain old tomatoes with fire-roasted for a little change. Roasting the tomatoes deepens the flavor of the tomato and makes them much richer tasting. It also intensifies their natural sweetness.

Fire Roasted Tomatoes in a glass jar.

Consider swapping your regular canned tomatoes for tomatoes fire roasted! If your recipe calls for tomato sauce, simply puree your roast tomatoes. If you need diced tomatoes, then chop them after you’ve roasted them.

One of our favorite ways to enjoy fire-roasted tomatoes is by topping our bowls of brothy beans. The richness of the tomatoes is the perfect balance with the creaminess of the beans. Sooo delicious!

Brothy Beans with Roasted Tomatoes
Brothy Beans Recipe with Roasted Tomatoes

Fire-roasted tomatoes can be prepared on the grill or in the oven. Both methods are incredibly easy, the major difference being that roasting in the oven takes longer.

why roast tomatoes?

Fresh tomatoes are typically 95% water. When we roast them, the water evaporates, leaving just the flesh, the flavor of which becomes much more intensified.

Roasting tomatoes is also a great way to reduce food waste! If you think you won’t eat a bunch of fresh tomatoes before they go off, then pop them in the oven to roast them. They are then easily stored in the freezer.

And, you know those tomatoes that you typically get at the grocery store, which seem a tad flavorless and maybe even (gasp) mealy? Roasting them really transforms mediocre tomatoes into something pretty damned delicious!

BUT…there’s just no way to make fire-roasted tomatoes look pretty! They weren’t meant to be in front of a camera; their whole purpose is to make your tastebuds happy!

fire roasted tomatoes on the grill

It really could not be easier! Tomatoes cut in half, stuffed with raw garlic (optional), drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper, are put on the grill, which does all the work.

Tomatoes roasting on a grill.

Grilling the tomatoes over high heat gives them that bit of char that is the trademark of Fire Roasted Tomatoes. Because we turn them halfway, they get that char on both sides. Fire roasting tomatoes on the grill does result in a tomato with a more smoky flavor than in the oven.

If you want fire-roasted diced tomatoes, I’d opt for the grill and remove them while they are still firm enough to chop.

preparing fire roasted tomatoes in the oven

Hands down, this is my preferred method of roasting tomatoes. The longer time in the oven seems to melt the tomatoes to a rich, almost candy version of a tomato that the grill (in my humble opinion) can’t touch.

Roasted Tomatoes on a sheet of aluminum foil.

The preparation is the same, slice the tomatoes in half, stuff them with garlic slivers, and drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. By stuffing it inside the tomato, the garlic cooks but doesn’t burn in the oven’s high heat. The tomatoes definitely get a bit of a char on the top, but not so much on their bottoms.

I personally like my tomatoes to be almost melted, which I get after 45 minutes in a 450° oven. If you’d prefer a little more ‘structure’ to your tomatoes, pull them out after 30-ish minutes.

what tomatoes are best for roasting?

Like anything, quality in and quality out. Opting for the most flavorful tomato will produce the most flavorful fire-roasted tomato.

  • Roma tomatoes – Roma’s are known for their big, bold flavor. They are more prized for the meaty flesh for cooking sauces and pastes. If you have some bland-ish Romas, I’d use the slow roast oven method to intensify their flavor even more.
  • Campari – It is a trade-off. Campari’s are much more flavorful but also less meaty, with higher water content. In my mind, they essentially melt…which isn’t a bad thing. It just depends on what you want them for. Fire-roasted camparis would be difficult to dice!
  • Beefsteak – Beefsteaks seem to be right in the middle. More flavor than Romas but not as watery as Campari.
  • Grape and Cherry Tomatoes – Great for roasting, but I don’t bother slicing them. Just drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast.
A bowl of Campari tomatoes.

how will you use your fire-roasted tomatoes?

I mean, the question should be, what can’t you use these little delicacies for? I probably wouldn’t want them in my chocolate chip cookies, but other than that…

Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Oven or Grill

Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Oven or Grill

Yield: 28 ounces
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Grill Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Fire Roasted Tomatoes add richness and a touch of sweetness to any recipe they are added to. You can easily prepare them at home, either on the grill or in the oven.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs tomatoes, washed (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons (approximate) olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4-5 large cloves of garlic, optional

Instructions

  1. Slice tomatoes in half through the stem end.Roma Tomatoes cut through the stem end.

If Grilling Your Tomatoes

  1. Heat your grill to high (400° - 500°).
  2. Grease a grill pan or a grill basket with olive oil, canola, or avocado oil.
  3. (Optional) Slice garlic into slivers. You want 1-2 slivers for each tomato half.Slivered Garlic. Stuff 1-2 slices of garlic into the pulp of each tomato half. Use a knife to cut the flesh of the tomato to insert the garlic if you need to.insert a sliver of garlic into tomato half before roasting.
  4. Sprinkle the cut side of the tomatoes with salt and pepper.
  5. Lay your tomatoes, cut side down, on the grill pan or grill basket.
  6. Place the grill pan on the grill and shut the lid.
  7. Grill for 8-10 minutes until the cut side is lightly charred.
  8. Gently turn over. I find a metal spatula is best for this.
  9. Let grill for another 8- 10 minutes until the skin side is also charred.
  10. If you plan to dice your fire-roasted tomatoes, remove them while the flesh is firm enough to cut.
  11. Use within 4-5 days or freeze. I freeze mine in these half-cup freezer pods and then store the frozen tomatoes in a reusable ziplock or glass container, but any airtight container would work. The longer they are in the freezer, the more their taste will degrade. But I have used them after six months, and they were fine.

If Oven Roasting Your Tomatoes

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. Lay your tomatoes, cut side up, on your lined baking sheet.
  4. (Optional) Slice garlic into slivers. You want 1-2 slivers for each tomato half.. Stuff 1-2 slices of garlic into the pulp of each tomato half. Use a knife to cut the flesh of the tomato to insert the garlic if needed. (See images above)
  5. Sprinkle the cut side of the tomatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Place in preheated oven and roast for 30 minutes (for more firm roasted tomatoes) or 45 minutes (for almost melted roasted tomatoes)
  7. Remove them from the baking sheet while they are still warm, or they will stick.
  8. Use within 4-5 days or freeze. I freeze mine in these half-cup freezer pods and then store the frozen tomatoes in a reusable ziplock or glass container, but any airtight container would work. The longer they are in the freezer, the more their taste will degrade. But I have used them after six months, and they were fine.

Notes

Like anything, quality in and quality out. Opting for the most flavorful tomato will produce the most flavorful fire-roasted tomato.

  • Roma tomatoes - Roma's are known for their big, bold flavor. They are more prized for the meaty flesh for cooking sauces and pastes. If you have some bland-ish Romas, I'd use the slow roast oven method to intensify their flavor even more.
  • Campari - It is a trade-off. Campari's are much more flavorful but also less meaty, with higher water content. In my mind, they essentially melt...which isn't a bad thing. It just depends on what you want them for. Fire-roasted camparis would be difficult to dice!
  • Beefsteak - Beefsteaks seem to be right in the middle. More flavor than Romas but not as watery as Campari.
  • Grape and Cherry Tomatoes - Great for roasting, but I don't bother slicing them. Just drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast.

Two lbs Roma tomatoes or Campari Tomatoes result in approximately twenty-eight ounces of roasted tomatoes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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how to store your fire-roasted tomatoes

It is a rare day that I don’t have a stash of these little tomato treats in my freezer. I freeze them in 1/2 cup portions using these PrepWorks Freezer Pods and then store them in an airtight container in my freezer. I use them frequently, so they don’t stay too long. Like anything, the flavor will degrade over time, so I’d use them up within several months, though I recently found some that were six months old and were fine.

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Fire Roasted tomatoes in a clear jar.

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