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Air Fryer Tomatoes

Juicy, ripe tomatoes, with a touch of olive oil and your favorite herbs, roasted to perfection in your air fryer. Whether you’re tossing them with pasta, layering them on a pizza, or just popping them straight into your mouth (no judgment here!), these air fryer roasted tomatoes add a burst of sweet, savory flavor to any dish.

Air fryer tomatoes in a baking dish.

Roasting tomatoes has never been easier

I absolutely love this recipe for air fryer tomatoes. Not only are they incredibly quick and easy to make, but they also don’t require turning on the oven, which is a huge plus during the hot summer months when the last thing I want to do is heat up my kitchen.

They’re fantastic as a simple side dish on their own, but I also add them to salads, pizza, pasta dishes, or you can even blitz them with a blender to make an easy sauce. Unbelievably delicious, unbelievably easy.

Air fryer roasted tomatoes in a metal baking pan.

Start with simple ingredients

Tomatoes

You can use any tomatoes for this recipe, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes, buffalo tomatoes, or any other size. Larger tomatoes should be cut or sliced before air frying.

Mix things up and try air frying green tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, or a mixture of colors to brighten up your plate.

Interesting fact! Green tomatoes aren’t just unripe tomatoes. All tomatoes go through a green phase, but some varieties will stay green into maturity, others will reach their mature color of red, yellow, or purple.

A little oil

I normally use light olive oil, but avocado oil, or vegetable oil can also be used.

If you want more of a grilled or baked style of tomatoes, then skip the oil or reduce the amount used. You can also use a cooking oil spray for a lighter option.

Tip
Tip

When choosing an olive oil spray for your air fryer, look for the type that spritzes rather than an aerosol. The propellant in aerosol oil sprays can damage the non-stick coating of your air fryer.

Salt and pepper, and…?

A little salt and pepper is all you need to bring out the flavor of this dish. However, there are many other seasonings you can add to take it to a whole new level. Try adding:

  • A few sprigs of rosemary or thyme
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (gently bash to release the flavor)
  • A teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • A drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • Half a teaspoon of garlic powder or onion powder

Note: you can roast the tomatoes directly in the air fryer basket, or use a small baking dish. I prefer to use a baking dish as it makes clean-up so much easier!

Air fried tomatoes on a dish.

Ready to roast? Let’s air fry some tomatoes!

1

Prepare the tomatoes.

Rinse the tomatoes, pat dry, and cut them in half or into quarters depending on the size of tomatoes you are using. You want pieces that are around 2cm/ 1-inch across. Grape or cherry tomatoes can be air-fried whole.

Note: You can air fry larger tomatoes whole, but the cooking time will need to be increased.

Raw cut tomatoes on a wooden board.

2

Put the tomatoes in the air fryer.

Place tomatoes cut side up in the air fryer basket, you can use a small baking dish if you like. Drizzle with oil, then sprinkle with salt and herbs or seasoning (if using).

Uncooked tomatoes in an air fryer basket.

3

Air fry tomatoes.

Place the pan into the air fryer basket and set it to air fry for around ten minutes until the tomatoes are tender.

Air fried tomatoes in an air fryer basket.

Note: The exact time will depend on a few factors, including how large the tomato pieces are, so check on them and air fry for a few additional minutes if needed.

Irresistible serving ideas for roasted tomatoes

  • Serve as a simple side dish alongside grilled meats, fish, or poultry
  • Toss with your favorite pasta, olive oil, and fresh basil for a quick and flavorful meal
  • Serve as a side dish for brunch, alongside eggs Benedict or scrambled eggs, or add to an omelette
  • Serve on toasted bread with garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil for a classic bruschetta.
  • Blend roasted tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, and herbs to make a rich tomato pasta sauce.
Air fryer tomatoes in a baking dish.

Air Fryer Roasted Tomatoes

4.5 from 79 votes
These air fryer tomatoes are a delicious side dish that you can whip up in next to no time. You only need a handful of simple ingredients (that you probably have in the pantry), and around 10 minutes of cook time.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Serves4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes (or 16 cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F/ 200°C.
  • Cut tomatoes in half and place in a small baking dish [Note 1]. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add other seasonings if desired.
  • Carefully place pan of tomatoes in air fryer basket.
  • Air fry tomatoes at 400°F/ 200°C for 8-12 minutes until tender and cooked to your liking.

Notes

  1. Cherry tomatoes can be air fried whole.

Nutrition

Serving: 1  Calories: 53.4kcal  Carbohydrates: 4.9g  Protein: 1.1g  Fat: 3.8g  Saturated Fat: 0.5g  Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g  Monounsaturated Fat: 2.6g  Sodium: 296.9mg  Potassium: 293.3mg  Fiber: 1.5g  Sugar: 3.2g  Vitamin A: 1025.3IU  Vitamin C: 16.9mg  Calcium: 13.1mg  Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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