How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes

Oven dried cherry tomatoes in a mason jar with olive oil

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ we’re blessed with an abundance of amazingly sweet ripe tomatoes every summer, almost too many to eat! This easy method for preserving tomatoes will keep the love coming long after the  season passes.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ Oven dried cherry tomatoes, packed in a mason jar with fresh rosemary

My older daughter just finished her year long internship in DC and has moved to Madison Wisconsin to start graduate school. Her new apartment is in a converted 19th century house, and the  kitchen is better in every way than the little closet kitchen she had in DC. She’s excited and I’m excited for her. The very first day she and her boyfriend arrived they started cooking.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ colorful cherry tomatoes in a wooden bowl

Their enthusiasm is infectious, and when she told me about these oven-dried tomatoes,  I jumped on board. We had batches in the oven simultaneously and compared notes on Skype. Not quite the same as having her home, but fun all the same.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ cherry tomatoes sliced in half, ready to be dried

This project is simple, but a good one for a day when you’ll be around for a while, since the drying process takes several hours in a low oven. After the tomatoes are dried, they can be jarred with olive oil and herbs, or frozen in baggies.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ cherry tomatoes in a bowl with fresh rosemary

This is just another way to make the most of summer’s bounty, and tomatoes are so cheap right now, they’re practically giving them away! I used multicolored cherry tomatoes from the farmer’s market. The small tomatoes dry easily, and they are super sweet, almost like candy, after they come out of the oven.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ cherry tomato halves ready to be dried in the oven

I halved the tomatoes and gave them a little squeeze over a bowl to release some of the excess juices and pulp. They get a quick drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, and then get laid out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I put my tomatoes cut side down, but next time I’ll set them cut side up, they will dry better that way. By the way, the parchment paper is important—don’t skip it—the long cooking process caramelizes the sugars in the tomatoes and leaves behind a mess.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ cherry tomatoes on parchment paper ready to be dried in the oven

After about 4 hours in the 200 degree oven, they come out all shriveled and ugly. Now taste one. They’re chewy, super sweet, and amazing.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ dried cherry tomatoes on parchment paper

At this point you can pack them into a clean jar with some sprigs of rosemary, and then fill the jar with olive oil to use later. You can stash them in a baggie in the refrigerator if you just want to snack on them, or you can freeze them. Just freeze them right on the tray, and then, when they are frozen, you can pop them into zip lock freezer bags. They’ll keep forever.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ dried cherry tomatoes in a mason jar with olive oil

Now you can use them like you would any sun-dried tomato: on salads, in pasta, pizza, or as part of a cheese plate.

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ jar of oven dried cherry tomatoes in olive oil

Love summer tomatoes? Try these other recipes ~

My Kilner glass canning jars are perfect for storing dried cherry tomatoes, and they’re pretty enough to gift. I think any host would be thrilled to receive a jar of these sweet gems.

Oven dried cherry tomatoes in a mason jar with olive oil
4 from 16 votes

How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes

How to dry cherry tomatoes ~ this is an easy method for preserving summer tomatoes for use in salads, pastas, cheese plates, and more!
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes washed and dried
  • olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper.


  • Preheat the oven to 200F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice the tomatoes in half, and gently give them a squeeze to remove some of the excess liquid.
  • Toss the tomatoes with a little olive oil, salt, and fresh cracked black pepper. Set them, cut side up, on the parchment paper.
  • Put the tomatoes in the oven for 4 hours. They should be shriveled and ugly, but they taste amazing.
  • You can put the cooled tomatoes in a jar with fresh rosemary and oil. That will keep in the refrigerator for about a month. You can also freeze them in a zip lock freezer bag, or just gobble them all down, which is what I recommend.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


don’t forget to pin this easy tutorial on how to dry cherry tomatoes!’

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  • Reply
    September 5, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Can you canned these?

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      September 5, 2020 at 5:47 am

      No, I don’t can these, but you can freeze them for long term storage.

  • Reply
    August 20, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    5 stars
    Made these yummy dried tomatoes today. I used the fresh rosemary .. which is a very hardy herb for flavoring olive oil. What is your opinion about using fresh basil or thyme?? Will these two herbs hold up to being stored in the olive oil for several weeks ??

    • Reply
      August 20, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      I think the thyme would be hardier than the basil, Charlotte.

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    May 24, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Can you use grape seed oil rather than olive oil? Want to do this with a harvest of cherry tomatoes from my garden and out of olive oil.

    • Reply
      May 24, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Yes, sure.

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    January 20, 2020 at 3:35 am

    Why should we cut them? Can’t we dry the whole tomato in the sun ? We have very hot sun here in Hyderabad , India .

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      January 20, 2020 at 7:13 am

      You can definitely try that Edwin. I like to cut them to make the process quicker, and once they’re dried, they’re easier to eat and use that way. They also absorb the marinade better when cut.

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    Ameena Goodine
    June 8, 2018 at 4:55 am

    5 stars
    When I saw your sun dried cherry tomatoes i just had to try it myself. I didn’t have parchment paper so used tin foil..and turned all the tomatoes open end up. Popped them in toaster oven…and packed in olive oil + rosemary. Wonderful!!

    • Reply
      June 8, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Aren’t they insanely sweet?

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    Mary Campbell
    March 18, 2013 at 2:09 am

    How do you store the dried tomatoes after drying them and putting them in canning jars with olive oil and herbs, in the refrigerator or on the shelf?

    • Reply
      June 8, 2018 at 8:24 am

      I store them in the refrigerator, Mary. You might need to bring them to room temperature before using because olive oil sometimes solidifies a bit in the fridge.

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        May 8, 2020 at 8:56 am

        How long do they store on a shelf?

        • Reply
          May 8, 2020 at 9:00 am

          It will depend on how dry you get them. A completely dried tomato will last up to a year, but if they retain moisture and are soft, you’ll need to keep them in the fridge and use within a few weeks.

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    August 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    these are gorgeous! and I’m sure quite delicious!

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    Rachel Ring
    August 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Sigh, these are so absolutely beautiful and delicious – can’t wait to make them tomorrow when I have time (and go round up a few more tomatoes from the garden). So excited since I just used the last of the sun dried tomatoes from the jar I had bought (cross that off the shopping list and just make ’em, yum)

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    Cuisine de Provence
    August 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    They look scrumptious!

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    August 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I love this, Sue. I’ve roasted tomatoes and served them in a salad (so sweet!!) but never thought about adding oil and preserving them like that.

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      August 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I like it because you can use the tomatoes and the oil, which takes on great flavor. I like to use it in pasta or when I’m sauteing chicken.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    August 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    How wonderful for her – it’ll be a good year! And this is my favorite thing to do with cherry and grape tomatoes. Favorite! I think they’re beautiful even when they’re all shriveled up.

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      August 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks Heather, I think she will have a great year, and for the first time in our lives, she’s teaching me a few things about cooking, which is fun.

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    August 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

    How adorable and your photo of the tomatoes in the jar is spectacular. These are sort of like sun-dried tomatoes without the sun. Fabulous idea!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      It would be fun to try to dry them in the sun, wouldn’t it? With the weather we’re having, I think it would work!

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    August 18, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I love this and I can’t wait to make this with my garden tomatoes!!! I love sun-dried tomatoes too!

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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    August 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    What a wonderful idea! They look so appetizing!

    Best of luck to your daughter! and lived and worked there a few years before graduate school in Colorado. He loved the experience!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    August 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Sue, I love oven roasted tomatoes and your photos are beautiful! Love the first one in the jar, it looks like a piece of art work!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      It was a challenge to get appetizing photos of the finished tomatoes, for sure. I did notice, too, that the red ones kept their color the best.

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    Andrea {From the Bookshelf}
    August 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

    THis looks so great and easy! Off to the farmer’s market!

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    August 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    absolutely summer in a jar… send me one too!!!! PURLEEEEEESE!!!!

  • Reply
    Nessa Robins
    August 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I love that you and your daughter were cooking together. Isn’t Skype just so fantastic! I’m awaiting a big glut of tomatoes from my greenhouse and will be sun-drying a good bunch of them.

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    Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch)
    August 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I love this. I’ve oven dried large tomatoes once and the flavor was fabulous. Never thought to jar/oil and herb them. Thanks for this post.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Lee Ann, I thought of trying this with larger tomatoes, but I’m guessing it would take literally all day!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    August 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I welcome your daughter to our state! Madison is such a beautiful, fun university town and only a little over an hour drive from Milwaukee so we enjoy going there for an occasional Badger football game in the fall.

    I have an abundance of cherry tomatoes this year so I can not wait to try this method to dry them.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks, Susan—I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but we’re looking forward to visiting her…so far she loves it, and I’m jealous of her farmer’s market, which apparently is the largest farmer’s market in the country.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    August 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I am such a fan of dried tomatoes! They are perfect in/on just about anything. Love them in scrambled eggs. Yum 🙂

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    From the Kitchen
    August 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe before I headed to the Saturday market! One vendor has such lovely and colorful cherry tomatoes and I’m anxious to preserve some of them for later enjoyment.

    Best wishes to your daughter in grad school!


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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Bonnie. We have one vendor, too, at our market that sells a great variety of cherry tomatoes. They separate them into different boxes and they look fantastic.

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