Blistered tomatoes elevate just about any meal! A quick saute with garlic and herbs turns cherry tomatoes into something extra juicy, and almost gourmet – in less than 10 minutes!
When cooked in hot oil, they become utterly sweet (yet savory), super juicy, and an extremely versatile ingredient. They easily make their way onto a breakfast plate alongside crispy fried eggs. They amplify a grilled steak with a drizzle of balsamic glaze over the top. And they’re quite at home on a mezze platter next to hummus and baba ganoush. Basically, blistered tomatoes are an ingredient you’ll want to keep on hand to add deliciously rich flavor and a little elegant panache to your next meal!
What You Need For Blistered Tomatoes
Since we’re cooking the tomatoes whole, look for the best cherry tomatoes you can find – especially during their summertime peak! Then, you’ll just need a few more ingredients…
- Tomatoes: Both cherry or grape tomatoes work. Grape tomatoes tend to be just a smidge smaller.
- Olive Oil: You can use either olive or avocado oil.
- Garlic: Just two cloves are needed, but feel free to add one or two more if you’re a garlic lover like me!
- Herbs: All herbs pair beautifully with tomatoes, but I personally love a basil and tomato combo for a fresh, Italian flavor!
How To Make Blistered Tomatoes
Making blistered tomatoes doesn’t require much work at all. But there’s a few things to watch out for to make sure you blister them correctly! Here’s how to make them.
- Cook the tomatoes. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the tomatoes, and let them cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes.
- Add the aromatics. Toss in the garlic, salt, and pepper, and stir together with the tomatoes. Let them blister for another 2-3 minutes, stirring a few more times.
- Serve them up. Remove the pan from heat, top with chopped fresh basil, and serve!
A Few Tips To Keep In Mind
- Make sure the oil is hot before adding the tomatoes. Hot oil is essential for the blistering process!
- Don’t stir the tomatoes the first 2 minutes they’re cooking. This process helps to properly blister them.
- Don’t overcrowd your pan with too many tomatoes. Otherwise, they will steam together versus blistering individually. So opt for a medium or large pan, depending on how many tomatoes you’re blistering.
Ways To Use Blistered Tomatoes
- Add them to a breakfast plate. My favorite is to pair them with fried eggs, sauteed spinach, and slices of avocado!
- Top them on a salad or grain bowl. Blistered tomatoes taste amazing with hearty salads like this salmon asparagus salad. Or with any sort of grain bowl where you’d normally add slices of tomatoes.
- Top them onto cooked proteins. Think of them as a warm, juicy condiment that can be topped on seared steak, lamb chops, baked salmon, or baked cod!
- Serve as a side dish. Blistered tomatoes also make for a quick side dish that can easily be spruced up with crumbled feta, toasted pine nuts, or even a drizzle of basil pesto sauce.
Blistered Tomatoes Recipe Video
While this recipe is easy to make, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. Give it a watch below!
More Tomato Recipes
Tomatoes are truly one of summertime’s best gifts. So make the most of them with these easy, refreshing recipes!
If you make these blistered tomatoes, let me know how they turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, or other herbs
- kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
- Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and let them sit undisturbed in the pan for 2 minutes, to blister on the bottom.
- Add the garlic, salt, and pepper, then stir together with the tomatoes. Let them cook and blister another 2-3 minutes, stirring a few more times.
- Remove the blistered tomatoes from the heat, then top with chopped basil or other fresh herbs.