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Bowl of confit tomatoes bathed in oil

Cherry Tomato Confit

Naturopath Lauren Glucina
Cherry tomato confit is my favorite way to make use of excess Summer tomatoes. A super simple recipe – slow cooked in a bath of olive oil with fresh herb sprigs and spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 2 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 16
Calories 52 kcal


  • Saucepan
  • Oven proof baking or casserole dish
  • Glass bottle to save excess confit oil


  • 500 g (1.1lb) cherry tomatoes washed and dried
  • 1-2 cups extra virgin olive oil enough to cover tomatoes in saucepan
  • Few sprigs fresh rosemary, thyme
  • Few fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • peel from ½ a small lemon
  • pinch coarse sea salt
  • grind black pepper


  • Pre-heat oven at the lowest temperature setting, for example, 150˚C/302˚F.
  • Place tomatoes in a saucepan and cover with oil. Add fresh herbs, garlic, lemon peel, honey, sea salt and ample grinds of pepper.
  • Bring temperature up to a gentle heat for 5-10 minutes, not boiling – just a few bubbles at the surface. Transfer to a baking dish, arranged in a single layer of tomatoes.
  • Slow cook for up to 3 hours (potentially longer, depending on your oven settings), checking periodically. When the tomato skins have blistered and started to split, they are done.
  • Enjoy right away, or store in a glass jar, ensuring you cover the tomatoes entirely in oil. See notes for serving suggestions.



  • To serve, enjoy the drained tomatoes straight from the jar, smash them up and make a cherry tomato confit pasta, serve on a platter or alongside scrambled tofu, layer with avocado on sourdough
  • Reserve the leftover oil for use in salad dressings, or to drizzle over cooked vegetables
  • Refrigerate in a glass or airtight container, covered in oil, and enjoy within a week


Serving: 4tomatoesCalories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 5gFiber: 1g
Keyword Cherry Tomato Confit, Tomato Confit
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