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Garlic Grilled Tomatoes - Juicy and Easy Recipe

Updated on May 18, 2016
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Born and raised in Italy, Robie loves good and healthy food, even better if easy to cook. :) She proudly raised 2 kids that eat everything.

Juicy Garlic Grilled Tomatoes

5 stars from 3 ratings of Juicy Garlic Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled Tomatoes: Tasty Side Dish

Looking for an easy and tasty veggie addition to your meal?

These grilled tomatoes have the smokiness of the grill, the flavor of garlic ad herbs, and the juiciness of tomatoes made soft by cooking, and they are very easy to make.

This is a great side dish that can pair any grilled meal, or a non-grilled one.

Grilled tomatoes can be also a succulent appetizer and a great addition to any vegetarian meal.

Serve the grilled tomatoes hot, warm, or room temperature - They are good at any temperature.
Serve the grilled tomatoes hot, warm, or room temperature - They are good at any temperature. | Source

Many Layers of Flavorful

When you grill the tomatoes, the sugar in them caramelizes and created a tasty crust that enhances and enriches the taste of the tomato.

The addition of garlic, Parmesan cheese, and thyme adds an extra kick to the flavor, very palatable and refreshing.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 8 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 23 min
  • Yields: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 6 Medium Ripe Tomatoes
  • Garlic, minced
  • Thyme
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut your tomatoes in half length-wise and season with salt and pepper. Let them sit while the grill gets hot. Lightly oil the grill.
  2. Place the tomatoes cut face down on the hot grill.
  3. In the frying pan add minced garlic, olive oil, and fresh thyme and fry until golden. Take off the heat and add the Parmesan cheese.
  4. When the tomatoes have clear grill marks, place them on a flat surface, grilled face up, and spread the garlic mixture on top.
  5. Replace the tomatoes on the grill with the round side down, and continue to cook until they start sizzling.
  6. Serve hot, warm, or room temperature they are good at any temperature.

How Long Should I Grill The Tomatoes?

Tomatoes cook pretty quickly, smaller tomatoes cook faster than bigger ones. While grilling consider sizes and check on cooking level. A long exposure to the heat will make the tomatoes very mushy and semi-liquid. A good indicator of perfect cooking is when the skin comes easily off the tomato.

I left mine on the electric grill about 5 minutes with the cut side down, until black char marks formed, then few more minutes with the round side down.

I took them off as soon as I saw them sizzling, and they were quite soft inside. For firmer tomatoes reduce the time of cooking. Also, note that they will continue cooking for a little bit even off the grill.

Garlic Grilled Tomatoes,  a tasty veggie addition to any meal.
Garlic Grilled Tomatoes, a tasty veggie addition to any meal. | Source

Grilled Tomatoes Cooking Tips

  • For best flavor use fresh garlic, fresh thyme, and grate the Parmesan Cheese from the wedge (Grana Padano) instead of using the grated one from the store.
  • I like my grilled tomatoes with a burnt-like grill marks, but you can turn them sooner for less charred results.


Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes have several healthy nutrients including vitamins, essential minerals, water, and even cancer-fighting elements like lycopene. You can read all about lycopene in my article about pasta puttanesca.

You can grow tomatoes in your garden in the summer, or even indoor in winter.
You can grow tomatoes in your garden in the summer, or even indoor in winter. | Source

Some of the Nutrients Contained in Tomatoes

Nutrient
Health Benefits
Lycopene
Carotenoid, gives red color to tomatoes, helps prevent bad cholesterol, or LDL, high blood pressure, and is a powerful antioxidant that fights the action of free radicals on cells.
Potassium
Helps contain water retention and high blood pressure
Phosphorus
Necessary to many body functions and to stay in good shape
Calcium
Necessary for strong teeth and bones.
Tomatoes are rich in water, about 94% of their weight, low in calories, and with a good content of minerals and water soluble vitamins.

© 2012 Robie Benve

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi vocalcoach, thanks for reminding me how much I love grilled tomatoes too. :) I have not done them in a while, I'd better have them on the table in the next few days. I don't like cold tomato salads in winter. Brrrr

      I appreciate all your support, thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      There's nothing I enjoy as much as grilled tomatoes. Now that I've found your delicious recipe I'm really excited about using this on my next batch.

      Thanks and gave 5 *, voted up and more and will pinterest and share.

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      These tomatoes are easy enough that they come out great the first time you try, give it a try, hope you'll like them! :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These sound so good I will have to try them; I love tomatoes! ^+

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi ladyguitarpicker, I sure am Italian, glad it comes through! :) Hope you enjoy the tomatoes. Thanks for the lovely comment.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi I love tomatoes and garlic, you have to to be Italian, so I should like this and will try it soon. Nice Hub. stella

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi WhatToCook, I'm looking forward to enjoying my tomato crop too. Thanks for your comment! :)

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      This sounds so good, and looks like a good way to use up some of garden tomatoes. Looking forward to trying it,

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Mmmmhhh, your recipe sounds great too ketage. It's a great option for the days you can't grill, or in winter months. Thanks for sharing.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      This tomato recipe sounds great. I make something similar, I cut the tomatoes in half, put garlic and herb on it, sprinkle some olive oil on top, and bake in the oven.

      I am definitely going to try this. Grilled tomato yum...

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi nifwlseirff and rebeccamealey, I am looking forward to my tomato crop too. There is no comparison in taste with the store bought! Thanks for your comments. Hope you enjoy the dish.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh, I love this! We will soon be overtaken by tomatoes. Thanks for this~

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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      I am looking forward to trying this when this year's crop of tomatoes ripen!

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Melovy, If you like grilled tomatoes you'll love these babies! Thanks a lot for your comment and pinning! :)

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      These look great and we love grilled tomatoes. Will pin so I can easily refer back to it.

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi vespawoolf, they are really tasty indeed. If you decide to try let me know how you like them. :) Thanks for your comment.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never tried grilled tomatoes but these sound wonderful, especially with the garlic and parmesan cheese. I look forward to try them. Thanks!

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Riviera Rose, you said it so well: the best things in life are usually simple but good. :) Thanks a lot!

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      Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

      This looks fantastic - simple but good, like all the best things in life! Will definitely try this in the summer, thanks!

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Marcy, I too love this as light side dish or potluck contribution! :)

      Chefmancave, I'm in Ohio, currently covered in white as well, but I am lucky to have a stove-side electric grill - I love it! A griddle sounds like a great alternative. I'll try the feta cheese, sounds yummy!

      Thanks both for your nice comments!

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi tattuwurn, you are right, this recipe is good all year long! Hope you get to enjoy it soon. :)

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      Robert Loescher 4 years ago from Michigan

      I live in Michigan and I am currently buried under a foot of snow. Definitely NOT grilling weather. I have found that using a griddle on my stove can achieve much the same result. I have also used feta cheese with this recipe. Very tasty. Check out my "Healthy Hot Dog" article for pictures. Great job on this hub!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Oh, WOW - these look so good! I love anything with tomatoes - this looks like a great side dish for a light dinner or for a potluck contribution. Voted up and up!

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      tattuwurn 4 years ago

      Wow I both loooooove garlic and tomatoes... I should've known this recipe earlier during Christmas eve while I was making my grilled pork bellies. But it's not too late yet. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, etc., and shared. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      My mouth is watering! This recipe makes me long for summer.

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Yum! So easy & the recipe calls for two of my favorite ingredients - tomato and garlic. :)

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      Raj Lally Batala 4 years ago from Chicago ,USA

      looks good !! will try

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love tomatoes any way I can get them.. and I believe I have made this or something close to this on the grill.. great recipe..

      many blessings

      Happy New year

      I am sharing on cooking time on Facebook

      Debbie

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      looks easy and healthy dish for the family. Could use my oven for grilling the tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      garlic and tomotoes sound like a great combo - especially since I grill all year around from my garage...Cannot wait to try these...cheers

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds easy and very delicious.. Gonna try this next time we grill...Which is any old good time. Thanks for sharing luscious and healthful recipe...Voting up and pinning.

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