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How to Cook Oven-Baked Tomatoes

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Oven-baked baby tomatoes in a jar

Oven-baked baby tomatoes in a jar

A Simple Recipe for Delicious Baked Baby Tomatoes

This recipe is suitable for beginners. Indeed, novice cooks can rejoice at the fact that they can produce such a tasty and nourishing vegetable delicacy with so little trouble.

This dish is sometimes described as roast tomatoes, so don't get confused and think that baked tomatoes are something different. Some people say that roasting refers to a higher oven temperature than baking, and some say it is the same thing, and that the words are interchangeable.

In my opinion and vocabulary, they do just mean the same—so just shove the tomatoes in the oven and get on with the cooking without getting involved in the semantics! In this article, you will also find a video about growing tomatoes, a quiz, and other information.

Oven-Baked Tomatoes Are Very Versatile

  • You can eat them hot, warm or cold.
  • You can store the baked tomatoes in a jar to use later, and give them as a gift. They look very attractive in a glass jar.
  • They are great to eat on their own, with salad and cold food, as an accompaniment to hot meats fish or a vegetarian meal, in a sauce or as a spread, dip or an omelet filling.

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Sliced baby tomatoes laid out on a baking tray

Sliced baby tomatoes laid out on a baking tray

Cooking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

50 min

1 hour

Enough to fill two small jars


  • Large baking tray
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Chopping board


  • 1/2 kilogram (just over 1 pound) baby tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 medium-sized hot chillis, e.g. jalapenos
  • 8 cloves garlic (or to taste), crushed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste (or tinned anchovies)
  • 10 capers
  • 2 sprigs marjoram, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Baked tomatoes in a jar

Baked tomatoes in a jar

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  1. Cut the tomatoes in half. Finely slice the chillis. Peel, crush, and chop garlic. Chop marjoram.
  2. Add all ingredients together in a bowl with half of the olive oil and turn with a spoon.
  3. Lay out the tomatoes in a single layer on a baking tray. Place in oven and cook at 180 degrees (gas mark 4) for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the baking tray from the oven, turn the tomatoes with the spoon or spatula and return the baking tray to the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Put the tomato mixture in a jar and pour the rest of the olive oil over it.
  6. Do not be surprised at the amount left at the end, as tomatoes are 80% water, and the purpose of placing them in the oven is to reduce the amount of water they contain.

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Tomato Plant Care

Tomato Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Is tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
    • Fruit
    • Vegetable
  2. Which of these plants is related to a tomato?
    • Potato
    • Aubergine
    • All three are in the Solanum family
  3. Do Tomatoes grow in the sun or the shade?
    • They need a lot of sun
    • They need to grow in shade
  4. What is a beef tomato?
    • A very big tomato
    • A tomato with a slightly beefy flavor
  5. How can you ripen green tomatoes quickly?
    • Store them with ripe bananas in a paper bag
    • Put them in a bucket of hot water
  6. How can you skin a tomato easily?
    • Put it in icy water to loosen the skin
    • :Put it in boiling water to loosen the skin

Answer Key

  1. Fruit
  2. All three are in the Solanum family
  3. They need a lot of sun
  4. A tomato with a slightly beefy flavor
  5. Put them in a bucket of hot water
  6. :Put it in boiling water to loosen the skin

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Read, learn and inwardly digest the correct replies, and you will become a tomato expert!

If you got between 2 and 3 correct answers: Not too bad but still a way to go

If you got 4 correct answers: Quite good - I would trust you with my tomatoes

If you got 5 correct answers: You definitely know your tomatoes!

If you got 6 correct answers: Very good!.......But have you done this quiz before???

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