How to Grill Tomatoes

June 3, 2023   9 Comments

Do you know how to grill tomatoes? Everyone will stop by if they hear you can do it.

How to Grill Tomatoes

Tomato season is my favorite season. I cannot get enough tomatoes as the show up in my farmer’s market and farm stands. As you know I am a fan of cold tomato soup as well as fresh tomato salad with balsamic vinegar.

I will eat them until I turn into a tomato.

Aren’t they beautiful? The only special tool that you might acquire (if you are a tomato lover) is a tomato knife. It is serrated and has a sharp tip for coring the tomato.

Mine is a Henckels brand and it makes quick work of slicing tomatoes. I have listed it below to show you which one to get if you are interested.

When you decide to grill some tomatoes (and you will), choose ripe but firm ones. If they are too ripe – it will be a big mess. They should be a bit firm but not hard. As you cook them, they soften.

Core them and slice them along the equator of the fruit. This would mean in between the core and the bottom – do not cut them from top to bottom as that makes things more messy.

Then you place them in a bowl for about 15 minutes (while your grill heats) with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The tomatoes will expel juices and you want to hold onto them!

Finally, you place them on a hot grill that has oiled grates and leave them for 4-6 minutes until they char and soften – then you flip them and cook for another 4-6 minutes.

Plate them and pour over the juices you saved and add some ripped up fresh basil if you have it.


I mean seriously – doesn’t that look good? YUM!

Have you grilled tomatoes? How did you do it?

Grilled Tomatoes Recipe

1.8 from 26 reviews

Makes 6 side dishes

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2 pounds of fresh tomatoes, ripe but firm
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
fresh basil (optional)


Core the tomatoes and slice them along the equator. Place them in a bowl and mix them with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Heat your grill to hot and oil the grates. Place tomatoes cut side down (do not toss out liquid in the bowl) on hot grill for 4-6 minutes and flip using tongs or a spatula. Cook for another 4-6 minutes. Place on a platter and pour bowl juices over tomatoes. Dust with salt and torn up basil leaves and serve.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 47 calories, 2.6 g fat, 0.4 g saturated fat, 5.9 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugar, 1.3 g protein, 1.8 g fiber, 201 mg sodium, 1 Green, 1 Purple, 1 Blue WW SmartPt

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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YUMMMMM! I too love tomatoes and I'd probably have a few of the slices with the herbs while getting the rest of them on the grill! I'd like to do that with peaches and pineapple...I'll bet they would all come off terrific! Thanks for a low calorie idea for something to do with all those tomatoes that come in at the same time later in the season!

Check out Rada tomato knives on Amazon. $6.85 and we love them!!!

I love tomatoes. This is a simple yet utterly delicious recipe. I never thought about putting them on the grill. A balsamic sprinkle is good too for roasted tomatoes and I think on the grill too. One of my favorite tomato recipes is to cut up the tomatoes and put them in a lidded contain with basil and to add bit of vinegar and oil and just shaking it vigorously. This makes a delicious salad.

Love fried tomatoes - can’t wait to try them grilled!

These look DELISH!! Would you serve them over pasta? As a side to grilled chicken? On salad?

@Jessica - yes! yes! Yes! thanks for the question.

Sounds delicious! Can the tomatoes be grilled inside on a stove top grill pan?

Tomatoes are one of my favorites year round but undoubtedly so much tastier in the summer here in Maryland. One of my favorites is tomato caprese. I have always made it with balsamic oil but was recently introduced to balsamic glaze that a friend used. It made a huge difference and was so delicious! I have not tried grilled tomatoes but will add it to the list of things to try!

I also about a year ago ordered tomato knives from Amazon. I have very good, Cutco knives but these $7.00 knives are perfect for slicing tomatoes.

thank you Snack Girl, although I have been using tomatoes this way, I never thought to put vinegar.? how much more it change the flavor. we all loved it. thank you once again. thank you Jessica over "pasta & chicken? awesome. blessing to all be safe & b e healthy! Annette

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