Roasted Roma tomatoes are my favorite ingredient to add to nearly any recipe that calls for a stew or pasta. Especially summer recipes!
The combinations of sweet, savory, smokiness, umami, and flavor, bring any dish to the next level. All from Roma tomatoes.
If you have a surplus of Roma tomatoes (um, I am in the market of accepting free Roma tomatoes) this is a great way to use them up. Similar to pesto, roasted tomatoes can also be jarred and stored for later use.
I recently purchased an air fryer and I have been obsessed with it. Making everything from quickly roasted broccoli to crispy tofu. It cuts down the cooking time for many dishes. Additionally, I don’t have to heat up my entire kitchen with a cranked-on oven.
Looks like I have a new cooking assistant for summertime meals. Because let me tell you – turning on the oven in the middle of the heatwave is not worth it. Especially when air conditioning isn’t an option like it was in my former apartment for many years.
I noped out of that apartment when the lease was done and got an air-fryer. Making some strides here.
Why You’ll Love This
- These air fryer roasted tomatoes only take 20 minutes to make. Additionally, you don’t need any special ingredients – just tomatoes, some olive oil, and a bit of salt. However, you can take it to the next level and add other fragrant herbs and base vegetables, like garlic.
- If you’re in need of fire-roasted tomatoes in a recipe, but don’t have a can of the stuff hanging around, you can just pop a few Roma tomatoes into an air fryer. It’s a great substitute and fresh is always nicer than canned.
- According to Healthline, roasted tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. And in 100 grams, you’re just looking at 18 calories.
Do I Need To De-Seed Tomatoes
De-seeding tomatoes is a personal preference that won’t significantly change the outcome of your roasted tomatoes.
I like to leave the seeds alone for a few reasons:
- It eliminates that extra prep step.
- I am reducing food waste. However, if your Roma tomatoes come with stems, they need to be removed.
- I am using every part of the tomato (seeds + skin), bringing me all of their health benefits.
How To Crush Roasted Tomatoes
If you’re making a sauce out of the roasted tomatoes, you’ll want to break them down.
The tomatoes can be crushed with a wooden spoon or even the back of a fork. A blender can also help with turning the tomatoes into a puree. If you’re using a blender, it’ll just need to blend for a few seconds.
How To Store
Additionally, they may be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Air Fryer Roasted Roma Tomatoes
- Wash, pat dry, then cut the Roma tomatoes in half, lengthwise.
- Transfer the tomatoes into the air fryer rack and place them with the cut side facing up. Cook at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- Use any herb you prefer, spices, or seasonings you enjoy with your roasted tomatoes. Other ideas include oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
- Cook them for less or more time, depending on how you prefer them to come out. I like them a bit more charred, so I keep them in for 20-25 minutes.
- Two pounds of fresh tomatoes will yield a little over one pound of roasted tomatoes.
- If your air fryer is not large enough, you can do them in batches. Or, cut the recipe in half. I use a Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven that can fit about 15-16 tomato halves.
Did you try out this Air Fryer Roasted Tomatoes recipe?