Born and raised in Italy, Robie loves good, healthy food (even better if it's easy to cook). She cooks every day for her family and friends.
Juicy Garlic Grilled Tomatoes
Grilled Tomatoes: A Tasty Side Dish
Looking for an easy and tasty veggie addition to your meal?
These grilled tomatoes have the smokiness of the grill, the flavor of garlic and herbs, and the juiciness of tomatoes made soft by cooking, and they are very easy to make.
This is a great side dish that can pair with any grilled meal, or a non-grilled one.
Grilled tomatoes can be also a succulent appetizer and a great addition to any vegetarian meal.
Many Layers of Flavorful
When you grill the tomatoes, the sugar in them caramelizes and created a tasty crust that enhances and enriches the taste of the tomato.
The addition of garlic, Parmesan cheese, and thyme adds an extra kick to the flavor, very palatable and refreshing.
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- 8 Medium-size Ripe Tomatoes
- Garlic, minced
- Olive Oil
- Parmesan Cheese
- Cut your tomatoes in half length-wise and season with salt and pepper. Let them sit while the grill gets hot. Lightly oil the grill.
- Place the tomatoes cut-face down on the hot grill.
- Mreanwhile, on a frying pan, add minced garlic, olive oil, and fresh thyme and fry until golden. Take off the heat and add the Parmesan cheese.
- When the tomatoes have clear grill marks, place them on a flat surface, grilled face up, and spread the garlic mixture on top.
- Place the tomatoes back on the grill but this time with the round side down, and continue to cook until they start sizzling.
- Serve hot, warm, or room temperature they are good at any temperature.
How Long Should I Grill The Tomatoes?
Tomatoes cook pretty quickly, smaller tomatoes cook faster than bigger ones. While grilling, consider sizes and check on cooking level.
A long exposure to the heat will make the tomatoes very mushy and semi-liquid. A good indicator of perfect cooking is when the skin comes easily off the tomato.
I left mine on the electric grill about 5 minutes with the cut side down, until black char marks formed, then few more minutes with the round side down.
I took them off as soon as I saw them sizzling, and they were quite soft inside. For firmer tomatoes reduce the time of cooking. Also, note that they will continue cooking for a little bit after you take them off the grill.
Grilled Tomatoes Cooking Tips
- For best flavor use fresh garlic, fresh thyme, and grate the Parmesan Cheese from the wedge (Grana Padano) instead of using the grated one from the store.
- I like my grilled tomatoes with a burnt-like grill marks, but you can turn them sooner for less charred results.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Tomatoes have several healthy nutrients including vitamins, essential minerals, water, and even cancer-fighting elements like lycopene. You can read all about lycopene in my article about pasta puttanesca.
Some of the Nutrients Contained in Tomatoes
Carotenoid, gives red color to tomatoes, helps prevent bad cholesterol, or LDL, high blood pressure, and is a powerful antioxidant that fights the action of free radicals on cells.
Helps contain water retention and high blood pressure
Necessary to many body functions and to stay in good shape
Necessary for strong teeth and bones.
© 2012 Robie Benve
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on August 07, 2020:
You know, that reminds me that I haven't made grilled tomatoes in a while, it's time to get these guys grilling! :) Thanks a lot for your comment and pin.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2020:
Your grilled tomato recipe has me drooling. I will be eager to try these soon. Pinning this to my vegetable board.
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on September 01, 2019:
You are absolutely right Cynthia, no better season than now to get fresh ripe tomatoes from near-by farmers or even grow your own. Yum!! I hope they turn out delicious for you. Thank!
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on August 31, 2019:
This recipe is delicious-looking and this is a peak time for wonderful local ripe tomatoes. I look forward to trying these soon!
All the best!
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on July 14, 2019:
Hope you enjoy it! It's about time I make it again myself, I have been missing those grilled tomatoes, yum!
Linda Rogers from Minnesota on July 07, 2019:
This recipe looks amazing. I cant wait to grill these up next time we barbecue.
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on January 29, 2015:
Hi vocalcoach, thanks for reminding me how much I love grilled tomatoes too. :) I have not done them in a while, I'd better have them on the table in the next few days. I don't like cold tomato salads in winter. Brrrr
I appreciate all your support, thanks!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 28, 2015:
There's nothing I enjoy as much as grilled tomatoes. Now that I've found your delicious recipe I'm really excited about using this on my next batch.
Thanks and gave 5 *, voted up and more and will pinterest and share.
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on October 14, 2014:
These tomatoes are easy enough that they come out great the first time you try, give it a try, hope you'll like them! :)
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 11, 2014:
These sound so good I will have to try them; I love tomatoes! ^+
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on October 09, 2014:
Hi ladyguitarpicker, I sure am Italian, glad it comes through! :) Hope you enjoy the tomatoes. Thanks for the lovely comment.
stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on October 02, 2014:
Hi I love tomatoes and garlic, you have to to be Italian, so I should like this and will try it soon. Nice Hub. stella
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on June 10, 2013:
Hi WhatToCook, I'm looking forward to enjoying my tomato crop too. Thanks for your comment! :)
Brenda from Springfield, MO on June 07, 2013:
This sounds so good, and looks like a good way to use up some of garden tomatoes. Looking forward to trying it,
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on June 07, 2013:
Mmmmhhh, your recipe sounds great too ketage. It's a great option for the days you can't grill, or in winter months. Thanks for sharing.
ketage from Croatia on June 06, 2013:
This tomato recipe sounds great. I make something similar, I cut the tomatoes in half, put garlic and herb on it, sprinkle some olive oil on top, and bake in the oven.
I am definitely going to try this. Grilled tomato yum...
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on June 03, 2013:
Hi nifwlseirff and rebeccamealey, I am looking forward to my tomato crop too. There is no comparison in taste with the store bought! Thanks for your comments. Hope you enjoy the dish.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 02, 2013:
Oh, I love this! We will soon be overtaken by tomatoes. Thanks for this~
Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on May 30, 2013:
I am looking forward to trying this when this year's crop of tomatoes ripen!
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on May 29, 2013:
Melovy, If you like grilled tomatoes you'll love these babies! Thanks a lot for your comment and pinning! :)
Yvonne Spence from UK on May 24, 2013:
These look great and we love grilled tomatoes. Will pin so I can easily refer back to it.
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on January 21, 2013:
Hi vespawoolf, they are really tasty indeed. If you decide to try let me know how you like them. :) Thanks for your comment.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 20, 2013:
I've never tried grilled tomatoes but these sound wonderful, especially with the garlic and parmesan cheese. I look forward to try them. Thanks!
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on January 13, 2013:
Hi Riviera Rose, you said it so well: the best things in life are usually simple but good. :) Thanks a lot!
Riviera Rose from South of France on January 09, 2013:
This looks fantastic - simple but good, like all the best things in life! Will definitely try this in the summer, thanks!
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on January 08, 2013:
Marcy, I too love this as light side dish or potluck contribution! :)
Chefmancave, I'm in Ohio, currently covered in white as well, but I am lucky to have a stove-side electric grill - I love it! A griddle sounds like a great alternative. I'll try the feta cheese, sounds yummy!
Thanks both for your nice comments!
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on January 07, 2013:
Hi tattuwurn, you are right, this recipe is good all year long! Hope you get to enjoy it soon. :)
Robert Loescher from Michigan on December 28, 2012:
I live in Michigan and I am currently buried under a foot of snow. Definitely NOT grilling weather. I have found that using a griddle on my stove can achieve much the same result. I have also used feta cheese with this recipe. Very tasty. Check out my "Healthy Hot Dog" article for pictures. Great job on this hub!
Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on December 27, 2012:
Oh, WOW - these look so good! I love anything with tomatoes - this looks like a great side dish for a light dinner or for a potluck contribution. Voted up and up!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 26, 2012:
My mouth is watering! This recipe makes me long for summer.
Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on December 26, 2012:
Yum! So easy & the recipe calls for two of my favorite ingredients - tomato and garlic. :)
Raj Lally Batala from Chicago ,USA on December 26, 2012:
looks good !! will try
Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 26, 2012:
I love tomatoes any way I can get them.. and I believe I have made this or something close to this on the grill.. great recipe..
Happy New year
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peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 26, 2012:
looks easy and healthy dish for the family. Could use my oven for grilling the tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe
mts1098 on December 26, 2012:
garlic and tomotoes sound like a great combo - especially since I grill all year around from my garage...Cannot wait to try these...cheers
carol stanley from Arizona on December 26, 2012:
Sounds easy and very delicious.. Gonna try this next time we grill...Which is any old good time. Thanks for sharing luscious and healthful recipe...Voting up and pinning.