Juicy and bursting with garlicky goodness, these roasted cherry tomatoes with freshly cracked pepper will make you fall in love at first bite. Served as an appetizer or added to your favorite pastas, they’re an easy and healthy 25-minute flavor bomb!
Why You’ll Love These Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
These garlicky cherry tomatoes are the simple appetizer you need in your recipe tin for weeknight dinners and gatherings.
- Quick. Ready in less than half an hour, they’re perfect for even the most unexpected gatherings.
- Healthy. Packed with fresh garlic and olive oil, this simple cherry tomato recipe will become a go-to when you need a healthy appetizer.
- Simple. All you have to do is toss everything together and into the oven they go!
- Versatile. Served as an appetizer or a topping in your main dishes, you’ll always have plenty of options for gobbling up these little guys. We also love adding them to omelettes or scrambled eggs for a healthy, but flavorful breakfast!
What You’ll Need
It’s all about using fresh tomatoes and garlic for the best flavor. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient amounts.
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Garlic: Please don’t use garlic powder or garlic paste. Fresh garlic is what you want for this recipe!
- Olive Oil: Any mild flavored cooking oil will work great.
- Ground Black Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper will give you the most flavor.
Can I Roast Other Types of Tomatoes?
Of course! Feel free to use roma, cherry, or grape tomatoes for this recipe. As long as they’re meaty and have few seeds, they’ll be perfect for roasting.
How to Make Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Roasting cherry tomatoes in the oven is easier than you think. Check the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions and the exact oven temperature.
- Toss the tomatoes. Preheat the oven and toss all of the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Spread them out on a baking sheet.
- Roast them. Pop the tray into the oven until the tomatoes are soft and fragrant. Remove them from the oven. Serve and enjoy.
Tips for Success
These tips will come in handy for any oven roasted tomatoes recipe.
- Line the tray. To make sure nothing sticks to the tray as you roast the tomatoes, line it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Leave them whole. Roasting whole cherry tomatoes makes for an easier, quicker version of this recipe that’ll literally make them explode with flavor when you bite into them.
- Add thyme. Sprinkling 3-4 thyme sprigs on top before placing the tomatoes in the oven will infuse this easy appetizer with a nice herbiness.
- Don’t overcrowd them. Especially if you’re making a large batch or are using a small baking tray, it’s important not to overcrowd the tomatoes so they can caramelize. You might have to roast in batches but it’s so worth it.
What to Serve with Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
These roasted cherry tomatoes are a simple appetizer when paired with crostini or toasted bread slices. Spreading the bread with any leftover Hummus is also super yummy. To incorporate them into your main dishes, use the tomatoes to top your favorite pastas, pizza, and Best Grilled Chicken dinner. For some inspiration, try them on top of fettuccini with my favorite Best Alfredo Sauce or Spaghetti Puttanesca.
How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
Once fully cooled, refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Keep them away from heat and sunlight when on the counter for reheating or serving.
To reheat them, microwave them for up to 30 seconds or until warm. You can also heat them in a pan over medium-low heat for 5-6 minutes.
More Easy Side Dishes
- Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
- Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
- Fried Pickles Recipe
- Crispy Baked Potato Wedges
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Easy Roasted Mushrooms
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Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- 2 (10 oz containers) cherry tomatoes, halved
- 6 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, or avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
- In a medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until tomatoes are soft and very fragrant.
- Eat immediately standing over the sink with a kitchen fork…or on top of your favorite pasta, pizza, or even grilled chicken breasts!
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