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Grilled Tomatoes


Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled Tomatoes

Photo © Molly Watson
Tomatoes on the grill are a great way to enjoy summer's favorite vegetables, I mean fruit, I mean... tomatoes. In general, you want to use tomatoes that are firm when ripe, such as Early Girls, for grilling.

This recipe is as much a technique as a recipe, so feel free to experiment with additional flavors or sauces. A drizzle of sherry or balsamic vinegar or a dollop pesto are good places to start.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 tomatoes
  • About 1/4 olive oil (you will have some extra)
  • Salt


  1. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat (you can hold your hand about an inch above the grill for 3 to 4 seconds).
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise (along the “equator”). Lay them cut-side-up on a large baking sheet or tray. Brush the cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle themwith salt. Lay the tomatoes oiled-side-down on the grill. Close the lid if using a gas grill and cook until grill marks appear, about 5 minutes.
  3. Brush the other sides with oil and sprinkle them with salt. Turn the tomato halves over, close the lid on a gas grill and cook until grill marks appear on the other side, about 5 minutes.

Serve them hot or at room temperature.

Makes 4 to 8 servings Grilled Tomatoes.

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