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Monday, August 24, 2020

Roasted Roma Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

Looking for a delicious side dish for your next meal? These air fryer roasted tomatoes are incredibly sweet and full of flavor. These roasted tomatoes are so easy to make and the best way to cook tomatoes.

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 When life hands you a huge amount of tomatoes, one has to get creative. This past spring I planted a garden for the first time in 20 years. Living in the desert has always been my reason to not try planting a garden as the lack of rain and sandy soil makes growing things difficult. The only thing that seems to grow in my backyard is weeds. I do have some other plants but they are drought-resistant plants that require no water or care whatsoever.

The virus pandemic made me garden

 If someone had told me a year ago that I would start a garden, I would have laughed at them. I am the person who has killed a cactus. I really don't know what got a hold of me when I decided to grow tomatoes and other veggies. Maybe it was my way of coping with having to quarantine from the Covid lung virus or maybe it was seeing my friends on Facebook starting a garden. Maybe it was not being able to go to the grocery store to buy fresh vegetables. Maybe it was because I had time on my hands. Whatever the reason that motivated me to grow my own food, is a thing of the past, as I have caught the gardening bug and I am proud to say that I am growing veggies. My garden is producing kale, beets, spinach, and tomatoes. While I don't have a huge amount of produce, I have enough to enjoy some fresh veggies every day.

~ Delicious
~ Easy to Make
~ Healthy 
~ Loaded with Antioxidants
~ Great Use of Garden Surplus
~ Plant-Based
~ Perfect Side Dish
~ Summer Meal Idea

When life hands you lots of tomatoes

 When your garden produces a huge amount of tomatoes and you need recipes for unique ways to cook tomatoes. Then you need to check out this recipe for oven-roasted sun-dried tomatoes. Oven-roasted tomatoes are so sweet and they are the best way to preserve garden-fresh tomatoes. Sun-dried tomatoes are perfect on pasta, pizza, and Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia.

 My tomato plants only gave me about 10 tomatoes so my dream of filling my freezer with dried tomatoes for recipes did not happen. God had other plans and I am glad that His plans were my husband's surprise of 20 pounds of fresh Roma tomatoes that were leftover from the church food pantry.

While I was busy drying the tomatoes in the oven, I decided to cook some of the tomato slices in the air fryer. I really was not sure if the air fryer could sun-dry the tomatoes like the oven as I was looking for a faster way to roast my tomatoes. I gave the air fryer a chance at cooking my fresh tomatoes and I am glad that I did. The end result of cooking tomatoes in the air fryer was a tomato that was packed with flavor. The tomatoes ended up being incredibly succulent and delicious. They were so sweet and juicy.

 You have to try my recipe for Roasted Roma Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer. The air fryer perfectly roasts the tomatoes into delicious sweet and savory delicious gems. These will not disappoint you.

 Air fryer roasted tomatoes are delicious all on their own but they are also perfect for so many dishes that you would add tomatoes to. These succulent roasted tomatoes would be perfect on a salad or a pasta dish. They would make an amazing tomato bruschetta appetizer. I love adding roasted tomatoes to a slice of homemade 60-minute white bread along with vegan cheese for instant pizza.  If you like fresh tomatoes you will love these air fryer roasted tomatoes.

So many different ways to enjoy

The heat from the air fryer causes the Roma tomatoes to wilt just a little bit and become extremely juicy. They end up looking amazing and you could only imagine the way they taste. You’re really missing out if you’ve never tried cooking tomatoes this way! So make sure to cook a double batch of these tomatoes that are roasted in the air fryer. The uses for these flavorful tomatoes are endless.

Some ideas for roasted tomatoes are:

+ Add some to a sandwich, they would be perfect on vegan tuna salad
+ Toss the roasted tomatoes on cooked pasta
+ Add fresh basil and mozzarella cheese for an amazing appetizer
+ Add a couple tomatoes to a slice of homemade pretzel bread 
+ Combine with caramelized onions for an amazing pizza topping
+ Add some roasted tomatoes to a vegan scrambled eggs
+ Eat them straight from the air fryer
+ Add to a bowl of grits or oatmeal

So easy to make

To make these delicious morsels of tomatoes you just need a couple ingredients and an air fryer. You will need 6-12 Roma tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and fresh rosemary. If you don't have a rosemary bush in your backyard, you can use dried rosemary.

Ingredients Needed
~ Roma Tomatoes
~ Olive Oil
~ Rosemary
~ Salt

Can I use other varieties of tomatoes?

 I have not tried other varieties of tomatoes in the air fryer but if you grew other kinds of tomatoes like beefsteak, Early Girl, etc, I think they would cook just fine in the air fryer. I would not recommend cherry tomatoes as they are too small. If you choose to cook a different type of tomato, slice the tomato in half and keep the skin on. Place the tomato in the air fryer basket skin side down. You may have to adjust the time so check the tomatoes halfway so they don't burn. You may also have to cook bigger tomatoes longer.

Tomatoes are healthy

 Tomatoes are not only delicious but they are also healthy. These red gems have the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. The best part of cooking tomatoes is it increases the level of lycopene!

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How to air fry tomatoes

Before you start cooking, make sure to wash all of the tomatoes and pat them dry.

Cut each of the tomatoes in half and put them in a bowl.

Drizzle in the olive oil and add the rosemary, and salt to the tomatoes. Toss everything really well to coat evenly. I have made these roasted tomatoes without using oil and they turned out fine but were more chared. They also lacked flavor. So I recommend using the oil if you want amazing flavor.

Transfer the tomato slices to the bottom of the air fryer basket, skin side down. It is ok if the tomato halves touch each other. Cook them in the air fryer at 390 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The tomatoes are roasted when they are wilted with a small amount of blackness. The black part is the sugar of the tomatoes caramelizing.

Carefully remove the roasted tomatoes from the air fryer and enjoy.

Cooking Tips

~ If you’re worried about making a mess in the air fryer or want minimal cleanup, you can lay a piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the air fryer but that is not necessary and cleanup is a breeze. The tomatoes will not stick to the pan.

 ~ These Air Fryer Disposable Paper Liners will keep your air fryer clean! Buy them here!

~ You can substitute other spices for the rosemary like Italian seasoning or Thyme. You can even add some garlic to the tomatoes.

~ The extra roasted tomatoes can be stored in the fridge for a week.

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Yield: 12-16 tomato slices
Author: Mom Knows Best
Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

The best way to cook tomatoes. These air fryer roasted tomatoes are incredibly sweet and full of flavor.


  • 6-8 fresh Roma tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil  
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh rosemary


  1. Before you start cooking, make sure to wash all of the tomatoes and pat them dry.
  2. Cut each of the tomatoes in half and put them in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle in the olive oil and add the rosemary, and salt to the tomatoes. Toss everything really well to coat evenly.
  4. Transfer the tomato slices to the bottom of the air fryer basket. It is ok if the tomato halves touch each other. 
  5. Cook them in the air fryer at 390 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 
  6. The tomatoes are roasted when they are wilted with a small amount of blackness. The black part is the sugar of the tomatoes carmelizing.
  7. Carefully remove the roasted tomatoes from the air fryer and enjoy.


You can substitute other spices for the rosemary like Italian seasoning or Thyme. Dried spices are ok to use in the recipe. You can even add some fresh garlic to the tomatoes.
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  1. Those look really good! I've tried roasting different veggies in my air fryer, and it always comes out great. I haven't done tomatoes before, so I'm looking forward to this.

  2. These look incredible! I just need an air fryer now. I always hear about them.

  3. I never thought to make these in the air fryer. What a great idea. I'll have to try this next time. My oldest daughter really loves tomatoes, so I bet she'll love this.

  4. Roasted tomatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. This would be ideal for entertaining.

  5. I never even thought of cooking tomatoes in the air fryer. Can't wait to try this recipe! Looks amazing!

  6. You just gave me a valid reason why I should buy an Air Fryer! I can't wait to make your recipe. I go crazy over roasted tomatoes!

  7. I have been hearing about air fryers for some time now and I have been telling myself that I will not even use it but after seeing your roasted tomato recipe that might change things.

  8. Such an easy, delicious and healthy recipe to make for everyone and now I am planning to get an air fryer to make different recipes using it.

  9. I loved it!! Sounds really easy to make!

  10. These look so good! I have been doing a lot of cooking in my Air Fryer but haven't tried to do tomatoes yet but that is totally changing!

  11. Those look so good and glad to know that you started growing them on your own. Its such a great feeling to get fresh veggies from your own garden. Will try them super soon.

  12. I just made some of these the other day. SO good!

  13. We make roasted tomatoes here as well! Only difference is we add pepper here..

  14. I made these last week...am making them again today. Using an Italian blend, because that's what I have, and a light sprinkle of crushed red pepper. Delicious! These will become a staple. Thank you!

    1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed them. They are quite delicious. I need to try the Italian seasoning.

  15. Just made this tonight,
    its great. Thank you!

  16. So you used the Dehydrate button?

  17. Hi Helena, I just use a regular air fryer so I dont have a dehydrate setting. These tomatoes will not dehydrate but rather bake. If you are looking for a way to dehydrate tomatoes check out this recipe https://www.momknowsbest.net/2017/10/oven-dried-roasted-sundried-tomatoes.html

  18. Being given Air Fryers have a 'Roast' option, do you choose to Air Fry thme or Roast them?! (not clear!)

  19. Love this made these tonight and they turned out lovely!

  20. Looks delicious! I will try this too. Going to love it with some fresh garlic and pink Himalayan salt. Yum!

  21. It might be my machine, but I had to cut the time down to 15 minutes. Taste fantastic. I added fresh garlic too.

  22. Made this recipe
    Used my garden Roma’s
    And my rosemary
    Followed your instructions to a T
    So delish and sweet
    Thanks for this

  23. I’ve never thought about putting tomatoes in the air fryer, but look at the many possibilities here! I’ll bet these are delicious!

  24. I enjoy trying recipes in my new air fryer - nice to find a delicious one like these roasted tomatoes! Stephanie

  25. I'm going to be growing tomatoes in my garden this summer. I can't wait to make this recipe!

  26. They look amazing! Fresh tomatoes are so much better too.

  27. My husband loves tomatos and would enjoy this recipe. It's easy and quick too! Thanks.

  28. These look absolutely delicious and love that you made them in the air fryer! I am. so trying this delicious recipe so thank you for sharing!

  29. These roasted tomatoes look delicious, and I love how the air fryer just makes things cleaner and easier!

  30. My air fryer is my favorite tool for trying new recipes!

  31. Oh my, this tomato dish looks amazingly delicious and quite yummy! The texture and color makes it so enticing and tempting!

  32. Oh wow, these look delicious! I need to try them! :)

  33. I love using my air fryer but I haven't tried preparing roasted tomatoes in it yet. Thanks for the recipe! -LYNNDEE

  34. These tomatoes look so good. I’ll have to roast some in my air fryer.

  35. I will definitely make use of my air fryer and try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Happy to know that you have a bountiful garden. Just like you we also started growing our own food during the lockdowns.

    Anyway, I haven't really tried roasting tomatoes on my airfryer but yes, that looks so easy and would love to give it a try. Love the idea of adding this on cooked pasta. That's just going to be delicious.

  37. I never thought to make roasted tomatoes in the air fryer, but now you have me intrigued. I can't wait to try it.

  38. My husband would love to have these as a side dish this summer. I'll have to save this for him later.

  39. These sure look amazing. I may need to give this a try. I haven't had them in the air fryer yet.

  40. That looks yummy! Will give this a try next time!

  41. The air fryer really brought out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and gave them a perfect roasted texture.

  42. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this out!

  43. My husband would love this for sure! It look so good I love it! This taste so good for sure

  44. I love the idea of making roasted tomatoes in the air fryer! It's a quick and convenient way to achieve that delicious roasted flavor. The recipe seems simple and the result looks absolutely mouthwatering. Can't wait to try it out!

  45. These roasted tomatoes look like they turned out beautifully, the air fryer was such a great invention!

  46. these look amazing i love finding new recipe to try in my air fryer. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  47. i am sure i will be trying out this recipe soon.. we love using our air fryer and i love roasted tomatoes..

  48. I have some tomatoes in my fridge. I need to use them up and this recipe is perfect.

  49. Is there anything an air fryer cannot do? this is such a good idea.

  50. These look amazing. I recently got an air fryer and I love tomatoes, so this is going on the must do list!


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