Roasted Tomatoes are an easy and delicious side dish. Fresh tomatoes are tossed with olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs and a hint of balsamic vinegar.

These oven roasted tomatoes take just minutes to prepare and are the perfect accompaniment alongside Easy Grilled Chicken Breast or a juicy steak dinner.

Oven Roasted Tomatoes with a spoon

An Easy Side Dish

Tomatoes are an easy side dish and we love making them shine. They’re healthy, fresh, and full of flavor. From broiled tomatoes, tomato pie to pico de gallo or tomato soup, the possibilities are endless!

Any kind of fresh tomato is great in this recipe, the juicier the better. Roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are also great! The balsamic, olive oil, basil, and parmesan cheese balance perfectly with the sweet tart flavor of the tomatoes.

Roasted tomatoes are the perfect base for tomato sauce, roasted tomato soup, and marinara sauce. They are also delicious tossed with pasta (no other sauce required), on pizza, or just on their own!

Oven Roasted Tomatoes with parsley

How To Roast Tomatoes

Making roasted tomatoes is as simple as cutting and seasoning them. I love to use loads of fresh garlic and herbs but dried herbs work as well!

To make roasted tomatoes:

  1. Wash and halve the tomatoes
  2. Toss with remaining ingredients
  3. Arrange in a single layer in a baking dish or on a baking tray and roast

They’re truly that easy!

Oven Roasted Tomatoes with shaved cheese

How Long To Roast Tomatoes

I’ve seen several recipes that that 40-60 minutes to roast tomatoes but I find by then they’re often mushy and almost turn to tomato sauce. Roasted tomatoes only need about 15-20 minutes, making them a quick side dish!

In this roasted tomatoes recipe I use whichever variety of tomato is juicy and ripe. A large, hearty, or firm tomato (like a Beefsteak) make take a bit longer to cook. A more tender tomato (like campari or cherry tomatoes) may need close to 10-15 minutes. Of course, if you prefer them softer you can cook them longer. Roasted tomatoes will need to cook at different times depending on their size.

How To Roast Cherry Tomatoes

If you’re making roasted cherry tomatoes, you can use the same method. Wash and half them, then toss them with other ingredients and arrange on a baking sheet.

Cherry tomatoes will take a little less time than larger tomatoes ones, so just make sure you watch them carefully!

Oven Roasted Tomatoes in a dish

How To Store Tomatoes

Just like Parmesan Oven Baked Tomatoes, these roasted tomatoes last 4-5 days in the fridge. Any leftover roasted tomatoes are great added to soups, Chilis, stews, or pasta sauce.

While these don’t freeze well as a side dish (the texture of tomatoes can change) they can be frozen. Chop and freeze and add the frozen tomatoes in place of canned diced tomatoes to all of your favorite recipes.

More Ways to Enjoy Tomatoes

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Roasted Tomatoes

These oven roasted tomatoes are seriously delicious. We love serving them in roasted tomato pasta, or even just as a side dish. Tomatoes are always great!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 2-3 pounds tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil or ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Wash tomatoes and cut in half (if they're large tomatoes, cut into quarters).
  • Toss tomatoes with remaining ingredients.
  • Place in a rimmed baking pan or dish. Roast 10-20 minutes or to desired doneness.


Larger or firmer tomatoes such as Romas will need more time (closer to 20 minutes) while ripe small tomatoes such as Campari will only need about 10 minutes. Once cooked tomatoes can sit and be served hot or at room temperature.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 56 | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1270IU | Vitamin C: 20.9mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. FINALLY! A roasted tomato recipe that actually has flavor! Unless you grow your own here in Alaska, flavorful tomatoes are hard to come by, but the addition of the spices in this recipe does the trick. Served these as an accompaniment to a rich baked crab, shrimp & scallop Mac & Cheese and they complimented it perfectly! Where has this recipe been all my life?!? Thank you! :-)5 stars

  2. So delicious it’s like a sundried tomato taste and I’ve made these again for pizzas – brilliant!!

  3. Hi, Holly,

    I was thinking about making a tomato sauce and to use up this week’s tomatoes from my local CSA. I remember reading somewhere that roasting them gave the sauce more depth. I came across your recipe, whipped it up in no time (always a plus) and decided they were so good I’m not going to bother with the sauce. I’m just enjoying eating them at room temp every time I walk by the pan and just realized the pan has become a destination. Definitely will make this again and again.5 stars

    1. Oh my gosh, that is awesome Ro! We love these on their own too! You will have to make a big batch next time to have “leftovers” for your tomato sauce!

  4. Terrific, easy recipe and great flavor. I threw in some chopped cauliflower with the tomatoes. Think the ingredients would go with anything.5 stars

  5. Oh my! Just made this with my homegrown tomatoes, a wide variety of them, and the resulting soup is incredible. Can’t wait to share with family. Will be checking out your other recipes. Thanks!5 stars

  6. Just made the fresh tomato pasta…EXCELLENT. I added mushrooms and my husband and I absolutely loved it! It’s a recipe will will make over and over! Thank You!

  7. This was my first try at Oven Roasted Tomatoes. They were delicious. I used Campari tomatoes and Romano cheese. I enjoyed mine with pasta and my wife ate hers as a side. Thanks.5 stars

  8. I was looking for a side dish to go along with my fish and decided to try this recipe. It was simply delicious. It got rave reviews from my guests. I have shared it with many of my friends as it is now one of my favorites.

  9. Jus5 reading your roasted tomatoes recipe, and I see your second instruction is to wash potatoes! I wondered for a sec what was going on. Just an FYI, you might want to correct that to read ‘tomatoes’.