How to Roast Cherry Tomatoes: Oma's geröstete Kirschtomaten

Here's how to roast cherry tomatoes in the oven. You’ll discover their natural flavor is concentrated and balanced by a gentle tang of acidity. It’s perfect for ‘out-of-season’ tomatoes!

Use extra-virgin olive oil if possible, and drizzle with extra oil if you desire.

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes


Makes 4 servings


  • 2 pints (about 20 ounces) cherry or grape tomatoes, whole or halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper (preferably fresh ground)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme or other herb of your choice
  • fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Put tomatoes in single layer in a greased rimmed baking dish.
  3. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and some freshly ground pepper.
  4. Scatter thyme sprigs on top.
  5. Bake until tomatoes are softened and slightly caramelized, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley just before serving.

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05.26.2021 revision update