Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled Tomatoes

Molly Watson

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
31 Calories
2g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tomatoes on the grill are a great way to enjoy summer's favorite vegetables or fruit, or... tomatoes. It's true that tomatoes are fruits, botanically speaking, and it shows in their soft texture. You can still grill them, but it does help to be aware of which type of tomato you're grilling. In general, you want to use tomatoes that are firm when ripe, such as Early Girls, for grilling, since softer varieties have a tendency to fall apart when exposed to heat.

While perfectly ripe tomatoes are good to grill, grilling can heighten and add flavor to less-than-perfect specimens, too. Plus, the juicy brightness of grilled tomatoes adds a great note to a platter of grilled vegetables, any combination of which are good hot or at room temperature, making them a great choice for easy entertaining, since they can be done before anyone shows up at the door or in the yard.

This recipe is as much a technique as a recipe, so feel free to experiment with additional flavors or sauces. Obviously, you can grill as many or as few tomatoes as you like and the grill at hand will hold.

Want to jazz things up? You'll find some tasty sauces at the end of the recipe perfect for drizzling on grilled tomatoes if you want to dress them up a bit.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium heat, 350 F to 375 F.

  3. Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise. Pat the cut sides lightly with paper towels. Lay the tomato halves cut-side-up on a large baking sheet or tray. Brush the cut sides with olive oil.

  4. Lay the tomatoes oiled-side-down on the grill. Close the lid if using a gas grill. Cook until grill marks appear on the tomatoes, about 5 minutes.

  5. Brush the other sides with oil. Turn the tomato halves over, close the lid on a gas grill and cook until grill marks appear on the other side, about 5 more minutes.

  6. Use tongs or a spatula to transfer the tomatoes back to the baking sheet or onto a serving platter. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt, and serve hot or at room temperature.


  • For medium heat, the grill should be hot enough so you can hold your hand about 1-inch above the cooking grate for 5 to 6 seconds before pulling it away from the heat.

Recipe Variations

These sauces are a great way to add easy extra flavor to simple grilled tomatoes: