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Air Fryer Cherry Tomatoes

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These air fryer cherry tomatoes are a quick and easy way to roast tomatoes without heating up your whole house. This recipe takes advantage of staple pantry ingredients and only takes five minutes of prep time.

The flavors get concentrated and more intense, plus, the longer you roast them, the sweeter they get. Use these tomatoes in your favorite recipes.

A plate of air fryer cherry tomatoes with toast.

The air fryer roasted cherry tomatoes pack a punch of flavor in every bite. They’re sweet, savory, tangy, and so delicious! 

We find a new way to use these tomatoes every time we make them. We just whipped up another batch of our guacamole and added these roasted tomatoes to it. Try them on a grilled romaine salad, or add them to your air fryer fish tacos.

Here is Why This Recipe Works

  • The recipe uses simple pantry ingredients.
  • Roasting the tomatoes caramelizes the natural sugars and intensifies the flavors
  • Using small cherry tomatoes instead of larger tomatoes speeds up the roasting time.

The Ingredients

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details. 

  • Cherry tomatoes. You can also use grape tomatoes which are smaller than cherry tomatoes. 
  • Olive oil. You can use any cooking oil, but olive oil has a unique flavor that compliments roasted tomatoes. 
  • Garlic powder. Garlic powder gives the tomatoes a delicate depth of flavor. See the tips below for recipe variations. 
  • Salt. Salt enhances the sweet and savory flavors.
  • Pepper. Adds just a hint of warm spice.
Ingredients needed for air fryer cherry tomatoes.

How to Make It

Here’s a little rundown to give you an idea of what to anticipate from the recipe. For more information, scroll down to the printable recipe card.

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, then toss them in a bowl with olive oil and seasonings. 
  2. Spread the tomatoes out in the air fryer.
  3. Turn the air fryer on and cook the tomatoes. Stir them half way through the cooking time. 

That’s all there is to it! If you want some different flavors, check out the suggestions below for some great seasoning ideas that will ramp up the flavors in these

Tips for Success

  • Slicing the cherry tomatoes in half will speed up the roasting process and help the tomato juices evaporate quicker. 
  • Try to keep the tomatoes in a single layer. It is ok if a few of them stack on top of each other but not too many. The tomatoes will shrink a bit as they cook. 
  • The longer you cook the tomatoes, the sweeter and jammier they will get. 
  • Air fryer parchment paper will make the clean up easy.

For Flavor Variations

You can change up the flavor and get creative with the spices. Here are some ideas. Try adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of one of the following:

How to Use Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

There are a ton of ways to use these little flavor bombs, and since the air fryer makes it so easy to make, you may want to make these all the time. Here are some ideas

  • Topping for pizza
  • Add them to chili.
  • Stir them into pasta dishes.
  • Make bruschetta with them.
  • Make a flavor packed BLT sandwich (our use them in any sandwich).
  • Stir them into roasted vegetables (try mixing them into these air fryer green beans).
  • Add them to breakfast wraps (try stuffing them in these breakfast pockets).
  • Combine them with the stuffing in these stuffed pork tenderloins.
  • Add them to these stuffed potatoes.

The list is endless, and you will love the creations you make with these air fryer cherry tomatoes. This recipe is excellent with fresh tomatoes or with tomatoes that start to get a bit sad and wrinkly.

So don’t toss out overripe cherry tomatoes. Breath fresh life into them by popping them in the air fryer

Cherry tomatoes lightly charred in an air fryer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze roasted tomatoes?

Yes, you can freeze these cooked tomatoes. Make sure you place them in a freezer-proof container or freezer-proof bags. You can store them in the freezer for up to six months.

Are roasted tomatoes the same as sun-dried tomatoes?

Roasted tomatoes are a little different than sun-dried tomatoes. Roasted tomatoes are cooked at a higher temperature and typically retain more juices in the tomatoes. Sundried tomatoes are usually cooked at a lower heat for a longer period of time. Most of the juices are evaporated from sundried tomatoes.

How long do these roasted cherry tomatoes last?

They will last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge or up to 6 months in the freezer.

Air fryer cherry tomatoes on a plate with basil garnish.

Tools and Equipment

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This double-sided air fryer is a workhorse. You can cook salmon patties on one side while you roast the tomatoes on the other side.

Air fryer parchment paper will save you a lot of time and effort when it comes to cleaning.

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A plate of air fryer cherry tomatoes with toast.

Air Fryer Cherry Tomatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Cooking the cherry tomatoes will concentrate the juices and intensify their flavor. They are flavor bombs for pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and so much more. Eat them as a delicious snack on toast, or add them to your favorite recipes!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, then toss them in a bowl with the oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Make sure you coat the tomatoes thoroughly.
  2. Transfer to the air fryer and spread out as evenly as possible. It is ok if a few of the tomatoes are on top of each other. If more than a fourth of the tomatoes are stacked on each other in the basket, then try cooking them in multiple batches. 
  3. Set the air fryer for 350°F and cook for 20 to 24 minutes. Check the tomatoes halfway through the cooking time and give them a shake or stir to distribute them.

Notes

  • The air fryer basket we used was 9 inches by 9 inches. If your air fryer is much smaller, you may need to cook the tomatoes in 2 or 3 batches. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Kristy Murray

Friday 7th of January 2022

The possibilities that the air fryer provides are endless. And your recipe here for cherry tomatoes add to that list. It seems I'm always tossing override tomatoes. So it's nice to have something to do with them now. Thanks for sharing.

Joshua Boquist

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

Hi Kristy, thank you for the comment! I use my air fryer for EVERYTHING!

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