Grilled Tomatoes

Bumper crop of tomatoes? Try this quick and easy recipe for grilled tomatoes over a gas or charcoal grill.

Grilled Tomatoes
Elise Bauer

Mid July is about the time of year when tomatoes start coming full steam into season. I have five tomato plants in my garden that are now producing more tomatoes than we can think up ways of using them. (Gazpacho anyone?)

One quick and easy recipe that I played around with this week is to simply grill the tomatoes, cut side down, and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and sliced basil. It's so good!

Grilled Tomatoes
Elise Bauer

When you are working with garden-fresh tomatoes, sometimes doing less is more, because the produce is so good to begin with.

Do you have a garden that is full of tomatoes?

What are your ways of using up the bounty? Please let us know in the comments.

Grilled Tomatoes

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 2 to 4 servings

An easy way to thinly slice basil leaves is to roll them up like a cigar and then slice it crosswise into thin ribbons.

We recommend Roma and beefsteak tomatoes for grilling.


  • 2 firm, ripe tomatoes (not overly ripe or they will fall apart when you grill them), cut in half around the middle

  • Olive oil

  • Kosher salt (or fleur de sel if you can get it)

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 basil leaves, thinly sliced


  1. Seed the tomatoes:

    Standing over a sink, use your fingers to gently dislodge and remove the watery pulp and seeds. (Although the seeds and pulp contain a lot of flavor, when you grill the tomatoes they are going to be lost anyway.)

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  2. Grill the tomatoes cut-side-down:

    Preheat your grill on high heat for direct grilling. Use a grill basket or fine grill grate if you can, it will make it much easier to work with the tomatoes (or any other vegetables you grill).

    Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Brush the cut side of the tomatoes with olive oil. Brush the grill grate or grill pan with olive oil.

    Place the tomatoes, cut side down, on the grill surface. Cover the grill and let cook for about 4 minutes. (Check after 2 minutes.)

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer

    Use a metal spatula to lift tomatoes off of the grill for serving.

  3. Serve:

    Place on a serving dish, cut side up. Drizzle a little more olive oil on the tomatoes. Sprinkle with just a little more salt and pepper. Sprinkle with thinly sliced basil.

    Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
43 Calories
2g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 43
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 368mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.