Roasted Grape Tomatoes
Roasted grape tomatoes take less than 30 minutes to make and have the most delicious, intense tomato flavor. Tossed with garlic and herbs, these roasted grape tomatoes are a great side dish, tossed with pasta, or served on toasted bread.
If you haven't ever tried roasting grape tomatoes, you are in for a treat! Roasting tomatoes intensifies the flavor and creates the most delicious, savory, and intense tomato flavor. With garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs, these roasted tomatoes taste good on everything. We also love these Baked Parmesan Tomatoes.
Have an abundance of grape or cherry tomatoes in your garden? Consider roasting them in the oven! These roasted grape tomatoes make an amazing side dish, a topping for pasta, or tomato salad.
These perfectly roasted grape tomatoes couldn't be easier. Normally, I like to roast mine with a combination of rosemary and thyme, but any herbs will work. Look to use something that matches the flavor profile of whatever you are cooking.
These also make an amazing quick pasta sauce and are delicious over a bowl of brown rice or quinoa with some fresh Parmesan, ricotta, or goat cheese. To be honest, these taste amazing on almost anything - pizza, balsamic chicken, seared fish - everything!
Whether you use them as a side dish or add them to your favorite pasta, grains, and meats, you are going to love how these roasted cherry tomatoes turn out!
Want to learn to roast more vegetables, don't miss our guide to roasting vegetables.
Key Ingredients For Roasted Grape Tomatoes
There are just a few simple ingredients in these roasted tomatoes. In fact, you probably already have all of them in your kitchen. Here's what I used.
- Grape Tomatoes: This recipe might be for roasted grape tomatoes, but you can use cherry tomatoes instead. Any small tomatoes will work.
- Olive Oil: This helps the tomatoes roast up nicely. If you don't have olive oil, you can use avocado oil or ghee instead.
- Garlic: Use fresh garlic cloves. As they roast, they release flavinoids that enhance the flavor of the tomatoes in a way that garlic powder or garlic salt just doesn't.
- Italian Seasoning: You can either buy jarred Italian seasoning or make your own. My Italian seasoning recipe has dried herbs, including oregano, thyme, basil, garlic powder, marjoram, rosemary, and sage. The perfect combination to season any Italian dish! Swap in sprigs of fresh herbs if you prefer.
- Salt and Pepper: Use as much salt and pepper as you want to enhance the flavor of the tomatoes as they roast. You won't need much if you use my homemade Italian seasoning recipe.
How To Make Roasted Tomatoes
Making roasted grape tomatoes couldn't be easier. Here's what to do:
- Whole or halved tomatoes: Small tomatoes like grape or cherry tomatoes can be roasted whole or halved. Whole tomatoes will retain more juice and moisture. Halved tomatoes get more caramelized and have a more intense flavor since the liquid and sugars cook down. We prefer this more intense flavor, but both options work. You can also roast tomatoes on the vine for a really beautiful presentation.
- Add oil, garlic, and herbs: Toss the tomatoes with olive oil and then add garlic, any herbs you like, salt, and pepper. Fresh and dried herbs are both good options. If using fresh herbs, just lay the sprigs on top of the halved tomatoes.
- Roast until lightly caramelized: Roast the tomatoes at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes until you can see the edges caramelizing and browning. Whole tomatoes are done when they begin to burst.
There are lots of ways you can use these scrumptious roasted grape tomatoes! Basically anywhere you could use sundried tomatoes, you can use roasted tomatoes.
- Appetizer: These roasted tomatoes can be the star of any charcuterie or cheese board. Turn them into a quick bruschetta or serve them on your favorite hummus or yogurt dip.
- Pizza and toast: These little flavor bombs made an amazing pizza topping. They are also great on avocado toast. Or try toasting some crust bread, adding a layer of ricotta or goat cheese, and adding some roasted grape tomatoes and pesto. Yum.
- Salads: These taste great in any salad but they are particularly delicious in this Mediterranean Salad, Lentil Salad, and Spring Mix Salad.
- Pasta: Add these to any pasta dish to really kick up the flavor. They are especially tasty with this Pasta Primavera, Caprese Pasta, and Spinach Artichoke Pasta. They are also great in pasta salad and served with grain bowls like this Mediterranean Bowl.
- Egg dishes: Tomatoes and eggs is a delicious combination, but roasted tomatoes work especially well since they don't make egg dishes watery. Add them to this tasty Baked Frittata, Spinach Frittata, or a simple veggie scramble.
- Chicken and seafood: Serve this as a side dish with a classic dish like baked chicken or Italian salmon.
Recipe Tips And Variations
Follow these tips to make sure that these tomatoes turn out tasty every single time!
- Use fresh herbs: If you want bolder tastes, then use fresh rosemary, thyme, and basil.
- Add some spice: Add some red pepper flakes to the tomatoes for a spicy version.
- Use foil: These tomatoes release quite a bit of liquid as they cook and as that liquid evaporates, it can burn slightly on the baking sheet from the sugar. Cover your baking sheet in foil or parchment for easy cleanup.
- Olives and capers: Throw some olives or capers on the baking sheet with the tomatoes for even more Mediterranean flavor.
- Add cheese: Before serving, add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on top, and then add some shredded Parmesan cheese, crumbled goat cheese, or feta cheese. This makes an amazing Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella or burrata.
- Add onions: Add some sliced onions or shallots to the pan with the tomatoes. Then add it to pasta with a drizzle of olive oil, and all the pan juices, and top with Parmesan cheese.
Leftovers and Storage
Store leftover roasted grape tomatoes in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for 1-2 weeks. You can also keep them even longer in the freezer. They will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 6 months.
To freeze roasted tomatoes, just lay them in a single layer on the baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the freezer. After they are all frozen solid, place them in a resealable freezer-safe food storage bag.
Keep the bag in the freezer until you are ready to use them! They are delicious in these Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Bowls.
Roasting Grape Tomatoes in the Air Fryer
Yes, you can roast tomatoes in the air fryer. They will make a bit more of a mess than other types of food that you make in the air fryer, but it's definitely possible.
Just cook them in the air fryer at 375°F for 10-12 minutes. Check on them after about 8 minutes to make sure they are not over-roasted!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common question about making roasted tomatoes.
What types of tomatoes are best to roast?
Smaller tomatoes will roast better. I suggest using small Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or grape tomatoes to roast.
Why do roasted tomatoes taste better?
When you roast a cherry tomato, the flavors are concentrated and taste bolder and more intense. Plus, it has more flavor and liquid. You will enjoy it by itself or with your favorite pasta.
Can you add other vegetables to the tomatoes?
Yes! You can place other vegetables on the sheet pan with the tomatoes. Add some:
- Asparagus spears
- Small cauliflower florets
- Samll broccoli florets
- Thinly sliced onions or shallots
- Green beans
Roasted Grape Tomatoes
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- 4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper
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The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
This recipe works with any small tomatoes, including cherry tomatoes.
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