These mind-blowing grilled tomatoes are easy and packed with smoky, juicy flavor. Serve them with herbs for a sensational summer treat.

Grilled tomatoes

Speechless. That’s what you’ll be after trying these grilled tomatoes (at least, we hope!). Here at A Couple Cooks we’ve made almost all the grilled vegetables, but tomatoes were something new. Take one bite and it’s true magic: smoky, pure sweet tomato, with a melt-in-your-mouth quality that makes you immediately want to shout how delicious they are. These grilled tomatoes work as a side dish or appetizer for a grilled dinner. Drizzle with olive oil and top with fresh herbs, and it’s the very best summer treat you could imagine.

Ingredients for grilled tomatoes

You only need a handful of ingredients for grilled tomatoes! The tomatoes in particular should be good quality. Here’s what you need:

  • Large, firm ripe tomatoes: this is important! The tomatoes must be ripe, but not so soft that they’ll fall apart on the grill.
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs: we used fresh thyme and oregano

If you’d like, you can add a few feta cheese crumbles too (we did). But it’s not necessary for flavor! The olive oil and herbs bring such a big punch, it’s at its core a vegan and plant-based grilled recipe.

How to grill tomatoes

High quality, ripe tomatoes are a must!

Great grilled tomatoes start with great tomatoes. While some cooking methods can cover over sub-bar ingredients, grilling requires great tomatoes. Here’s what to know:

  • Best choice: Local farmers market tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, or garden tomatoes. These are full of the most nuanced, tasty flavor. And you can support local growers!
  • Ripe grocery store tomatoes: Grocery tomatoes are best during tomato season. If you’re buying in the off season, some brands of hydroponic greenhouse tomatoes can have better flavor. Just don’t buy pink or hard tomatoes.

How to grill tomatoes: time and temperature

All you really need to know about grill tomatoes is the grill temperature and timing. Memorize these few things, and then make this recipe on repeat all summer! Here are the basic steps for how to grill tomatoes (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half latitudinally: around the horizontal axis, not through the top.
  • Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side, until tender and charred. Be very careful when flipping the tomatoes, and use a confident, strong motion with your spatula.
  • Serve with olive oil, more salt to taste, and chopped fresh herbs.
Grilled tomatoes

More ways to season grilled tomatoes

The simplest way to serve grilled tomatoes is as we listed above. But if you want to get even fancier, here are some ideas:

Grilled tomatoes

Make it a meal!

Grilled tomatoes work with lots of different cuisines; they’re especially perfect with Mediterranean-style meals. Here are a few ways to accessorize them to make a grilled dinner:

More fresh tomato recipes to try

Need more recipes for when summer tomatoes are juicy and ripe? Here are our top fresh tomato recipes to try:

This grilled tomatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled tomatoes

Epic Grilled Tomatoes

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These mind-blowing grilled tomatoes are easy and packed with smoky, juicy flavor. Serve them with herbs for a sensational summer treat.


  • 4 large, firm ripe tomatoes (not too soft or they can fall apart while grilling)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • For serving: Chopped fresh thyme and oregano, olive oil, feta crumbles (optional)


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Remove the stems from the tomatoes. Cut each tomato in half (latitudinally: see the photos). Gently rub them with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Grill cut side down for 4 to 5 minutes until tender and lightly charred. Carefully flip with a spatula, then cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until tender.
  4. Sprinkle with a little more salt and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with fresh herbs and if desired, a few feta cheese crumbles (though the flavor is incredible without).
  • Category: Side Dish or Appetizer
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grilled tomatoes, How to grill tomatoes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Dear Couple, I love you and your recipes but please remember that many of us who cook live in apartments with no access to a grill. I miss mine terribly now that I have moved from a house to an apartment in Florida where there is no gas line and nowhere to put a grill. Could you put a P.S. in your grilling recipes that apartment dwellers (or other sorry grillless people) can use their cast iron frying pans to accomplish the same thing? I know it, but many others may not know. Thanks!