100 Ways to Use a Tomato

OMFG, the tomatoes are finally here. Sure, they’ve been here all year round, but there’s nothing more disappointing than sinking your teeth into a mealy, watery, tasteless tomato, which is inevitably what happens nine or ten months out of the year. Then suddenly, in late summer, we head to the farmers’ market and find those beautiful, juicy specimens we’ve been looking for the whole time. Of course, we overbuy and end up with way more tomatoes than we can use. But you don’t have to resign yourself to cooking eight gallons of fresh tomato sauce, because we’ve got the goods on 100 other ways to use up all your perfect (or even not-so-perfect) summer tomatoes. You can poach tomatoes, stew tomatoes, roast tomatoes, and pickle tomatoes. We’ve got tomato sushi, tomato cobbler, tomato-tinis and tomato creme brulee. Oh yeah, and there’s pizza and stuff too…

Click on the photos for full recipes.

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PS – What did we miss? Have a star tomato recipe? Drop your link in the comments. If your photo makes us drool, we’ll add it to the list.

Previously on ES:
100 Ways to Use Bacon
100 Ways to Cook an Egg
100 Ways to Use a Banana
100 Ways to Cook a Pumpkin
100 Ways to Cook a Sweet Potato

Plus…Thanks for the tips in the comments! Here are a few way to consume those ripe tomatoes:

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  • Britannia August 9, 2010  

    The Scallop BLT is seriously inspirational (2nd row, 1st column)

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites August 9, 2010  

    I know what I’m having for dinner – if I can ever decide.

    In case there isn’t enough inspiration above, here are 14 more simple suggestions for ways to enjoy a ripe tomato:


    The tart is killer. Like, people have come to blows for the last piece.

    Thanks for the shout-out, Brendan!

  • JoeHoya August 9, 2010  

    Loving this roundup, though I wish I had it to refer to a week ago when I first got my 25 pounds of tomatoes!

    I may have something to add in the next few days – I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  • Maids August 9, 2010  

    The tomato might be my favorite fruit of all time (next to the apple). Thanks for the never-ending inspiration!

  • Ruby August 9, 2010  

    Hey, I’m tickled that you included my Trahana Soup in your ode to the tomato! Tomatoes are definitely on my shortlist of ingredients without which my kitchen feels barren. And feta. And mint. Uh-oh, I feel a salad coming on…

  • Veggie Belly August 9, 2010  

    I love your 100 ways series. All these tomato recipes are incredible! great job!

  • ravenouscouple August 9, 2010  

    thank you so much for including our Vietnamese stuffed tomatoes (bottom row)

  • Des August 9, 2010  

    oh I LOVE this list. Everything looks so delicious and I just bought a bunch of tomatoes. Can’t wait to give some of these a try. And thanks for including my Fried Green Tomato with Mozzarella!

  • lacey - a sweet pea chef August 9, 2010  

    What a beautiful and delicious collection of tomato recipes. Thanks for including my tomato bruschetta!

  • Lori Lynn August 9, 2010  

    I’m honored that you included our Caprese Verrine in your fabulous compilation. We fell in love with the summery little glass jar presentation, layered with tomato gelee and burrata cheese topped with fresh basil from the garden.

    Happy Summer to you! Looking forward to enjoying many of the recipes that you link here.

    Lori Lynn
    Taste With The Eyes

  • Nee Nee August 9, 2010  

    OMG! This is amazing!!! My tomatoes are sooooo late this year. I picked one, ONE, sweet cherry tomato this morning and that is my 2010 harvest to far. Now I’m drooling and really mad at myself for not planting them earlier.

  • Esi August 9, 2010  

    I’m pretty sure I say this about everything, but tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Thanks for including me in the roundup!

  • butter August 9, 2010  

    i mean …
    u had me at FRESH TOMATO MARTINI

    thanks for all the recipes!
    you really covered a lot of options
    i plan on having the martini while i prepare the ingredients for the actual “dishes”

  • Vicki August 9, 2010  

    What a great roundup! Here’s my favorite stuffed tomato recipe. http://madball911.blogspot.com/2009/05/stuffed-tomatoes.html

  • debbie August 9, 2010  

    Yowza. That is some list. Can’t wait to cook my way through it!

  • Zahavah August 9, 2010  

    Thanks so much for including my tomato-watermelon-feta salad in your top 100 and for including me in such good company.

    Happy summer!

  • Aparna August 9, 2010  

    Thank you for this post. I just discovered some very interesting ways to cook tomatoes. And thanks for featuring my green tomato pickle. 🙂

  • 5 Star Foodie August 9, 2010  

    So many excellent tomato recipes! I am honored to have my candied tomatoes included in this list! Thank you!

  • tigerfish August 10, 2010  

    I am a huge fan of tomatoes! Keep them coming…

  • Chanita Harel August 10, 2010  

    Thanks you so much for including my Pickled small tomatoes recipe in your post:

  • Charmian @Christie's Corner August 10, 2010  

    Thanks for including me in such an inspirational post. I’ll never wonder what to do with my tomatoes again. Or at least not for a very long, long time.

  • Greg August 10, 2010  

    Holy christ that “Scallop BLT” is probably the sexiest foodstuff I’ve ever seen! Ever.

  • 80 Proof August 11, 2010  

    Bacon:Vegans::Fresh Tomatoes:80p

    I’m weird, I know.

  • Maids August 11, 2010  

    very weird 80P. but it’s only fresh tomatoes right? Not cooked tomato sauce?

  • 80 Proof August 11, 2010  

    Well, the sauce has to be pureed. I’m like a toddler.

  • meatlessmama August 12, 2010  

    Wow, what an honor to have my pesto stuffed tomatoes included in your fabulous roundup! I can’t wait to try out many of the other recipes:)

  • Paula - bell'alimento August 12, 2010  

    What a great list, I’m honored to have my stuffed tomatoes included. & it looks like I’m going to have a lot of new ideas for all the tomatoes in my garden ; )

  • Cajun Chef Ryan August 12, 2010  

    So many tomato, so little time!

  • My Man's Belly August 13, 2010  

    Thanks for including my puff pastry pizza. My garden is just starting to give me tomatoes so there should be lots more recipes for them coming soon.

  • Peggy August 14, 2010  

    We tried out the Scallop BLT at a dinner party a couple weeks ago and seriously… it’s a MUST try! It was fantastic and all of these other tomato recipes have me drooling also!

  • Charles August 16, 2010  

    What a great idea and thanks for including the Tomato Sushi – they’re so much fun.

  • Great list! We did the Pomarola a Tuscan/Umbria Recipe. Find it here: http://umbrialoversblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/young-guys-can-do-tomato-sauce-as.html

  • Chuba August 18, 2010  

    What about La Tomatina Tomato Fight in Bunyol? I think that’s another brilliant way to use tomatoes. 🙂

  • Miriam/The Winter Guest August 18, 2010  

    Hey thanks for featuring my recipe!! I’m glad you like it. Cheers!!!

  • Lynda Swink August 24, 2010  

    You know how excited I was to read that you had 100 recipes for tomatoes and I have been hauling in pounds and pounds of fresh from my garden tomatoes!

    Well, you need to know what a big turn off it was to come to read about tomatoes and the first acronym out of your keyboard is “OMFG.”

    That was totally in poor taste and unprofessional. This is my first time to your site and the thrill is… well after that I just never happened. Your writer needs a bigger vocabulary.

  • ray August 25, 2010  

    My favorite tomato treat is to put tomatoes with some chopped sweet onion, a little balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a blender and whip. Pour the mix in a styraphome cup and cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Take out of freezer about an hour before eating. Can be eaten out of cup or cut in half and served over a leaf lettuce base for an entertaining salad.

    Favorite meals with tomatoes are gazpacho in summer and spagetti sauce in rest of year.

    this is a correction as I left out the onion on the last post … the blender whipping and use of styraphome cup means you don’t have to stir it all the time like other granite’s, use small cups as larger ones I haven’t tried and they may freeze differently

  • Foy Update August 25, 2010  

    I noticed I got a big jump in traffic from this post yesterday. Did you guys get picked up by some bigger site?

  • BS August 25, 2010  
  • Jaime August 26, 2010  

    We’ve got a bumper crop of tomatoes this year, which is lovely since last year was a bust here (too much rain & no sun). This year we have volunteer tomatoes everywhere and we mostly just let them go because we couldn’t bear to pull them up.

    We’ve been eating fresh tomatoes with goat cheese and basil over pasta. Easy and sooo good!


  • Oriana August 26, 2010  

    One of Tuscany’s most famous dishes Pappa al Pomodoro – a sort of stew made with stale bread – tomatoes – basil – drizzled with tuscan olive oil, easy, cheap, simple and sooo tasty!

  • Misty@healthydiets August 26, 2010  

    I have nothing to share but this is perfect timing for my harvest! Thank you for all the beautiful recipes!

  • Chef Julia August 28, 2010  

    My heirloom tomato salad recipes combines fresh, ripe tomatoes with creamy goat cheese and a stone ground mustard vinaigrette made with fresh thyme. Check out the recipe here: http://juliaskitchenonline.com/wordpress/?p=298

  • Amanda August 28, 2010  

    Awesome, can’t wait to try some of these, thanks!

  • Susan H. August 30, 2010  

    Our tomatoes have been slow to ripen for everyone in this area. But they are now comoing on strong. Thanks for these ideas. Once I get past just lightly salting and eating my fresh red ripe juicy tomaotes i will expand to these recipes! (ummm, plus my tried and true recipes.)

  • Johnna August 30, 2010  

    Here’s hoping my heirloom tomatoes make the cut: http://johnnaknowsgoodfood.com/?p=1548 *fingers crossed* Thanks Gansie!

  • Judimae August 31, 2010  

    What a fabulous collection of tomato recipes. Thanks so much for sharing with us.


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  • TheGourmetCoffeeGuy February 3, 2011  

    Your “100 ways to cook this and that” series are so interesting!
    We love eating tomatoes but probably cook them only in 3 to maybe 10 ways max.
    Reading your 100 ways is an invitation to experimentation, great ideas!
    Thank you for such a clever post,

  • tafino November 18, 2011  

    Amazing list! Im a Tomato fan 🙂 and absolutly cherry ones. I know now 98 more ways to cook tomato :))

  • 100 Ways to Use a Tomato July 17, 2014  

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about tomato recipes.

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