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Grilled Cherry Tomatoes

September 5, 2020

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Grilled cherry tomatoes are a fast and easy grilled vegetable side dish that is perfect for all your barbecue meals. These tomatoes are ready in just 5 minutes on a hot grill.

Skewered grilled cherry tomatoes on a white plate.

Sometimes simple is best. These grilled cherry tomatoes are one of the easiest grilled dishes you’ll ever make. And talk about simple, all you need are cherry tomatoes, skewers, a hot grill and a bit of sea salt.

Why grill tomatoes?

Grilling tomatoes really brings out the flavor of the tomatoes. A quick hot grill gently chars the skin and warms the tomatoes. This brings out the natural sweetness and richness of the tomatoes.

Grilled cherry tomatoes in a small white bowl.

Serving suggestions

These tomatoes are fun and make an impressive side dish. For an informal gathering, leave the tomatoes on the skewer and let each person grab a skewer to add to their plate. You could also remove the tomatoes from the skewers and place in a serving dish, or use these tomatoes as a garnish on grilled chicken or fish.

These tomatoes would also be delicious added to a salsa or a pasta salad or try adding to grilled french bread with an herb cream cheese.

Grilled chicken breast topped with grilled cherry tomatoes.

Steps to make grilled tomatoes

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  1. Skewer tomatoes onto wooden or metal skewers
  2. Place on a preheated hot grill
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then turn skewers
  4. Continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes until tomatoes are slightly charred and heated through
  5. Remove from grill and serve tomatoes on skewer or remove from skewers and add to a serving dish

What type of tomatoes should I use?

You can use any type of small tomato when making these skewers. Try using grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, small colored tomatoes or yellow pear tomatoes.


I’ve kept these tomatoes simple with just plain cherry tomatoes and a touch of sea salt, but there are several variations you can try.

  • Brush with olive oil before grilling
  • Add fresh garlic to olive oil and brush on before grilling
  • Brush an Italian dressing to tomatoes before grilling
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs after grilling
Grilled tomatoes in a small white bowl.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to soak wooden skewers?

No you do not need to soak the skewers. These tomatoes are cooked so quickly that it is okay to not soak the skewers first.

How long do the tomatoes take to cook?

About 5 minutes. Cook time will vary a bit depending on your grill and the size of the tomatoes. Look for slightly charred skin and a few tomatoes will begin to split open. These are good signs your tomatoes are heated through.

Can I cook on a charcoal grill?

Yes! You can use a gas or charcoal grill for these tomatoes.

How long will grilled tomatoes last?

These are best eaten while still warm, but you can store leftovers in the refrigerator and use in a green salad or pasta salad. If covered and refrigerated, these tomatoes will last for 3 days.

Cherry tomatoes on a wooden skewer.

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Skewered cherry tomatoes on a plate.

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Skewered grilled cherry tomatoes on a white plate.

Grilled Cherry Tomatoes

Flavorful cherry tomatoes cooked quickly on a hot grill.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Vegetable
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 18 kcal



  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • Dash teaspoon sea salt (optional)


  • Skewer 6 cherry tomatoes onto each skewer
  • Add skewers to a preheated hot grill
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, rotation once to cook each side
  • Remove from grill and sprinkle with sea salt


  • Brush with olive oil before grilling
  • Add fresh garlic to olive oil and brush on before grilling
  • Brush an Italian dressing to tomatoes before grilling
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs after grilling


Serving: 1skewerCalories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 48mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 499IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Tomatoes
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  • Reply
    September 11, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    5 stars
    Such a simple yet fabulous recipe. The smoky grill flavor with tomatoes is incredible! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    September 9, 2020 at 8:09 am

    5 stars
    Warmed tomatoes are simply the best! I oven roast them, but haven’t grilled them like this. Bet these are so tasty!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 8, 2020 at 5:18 am

    5 stars
    Haha…I have to laugh at this one, Kathy, as our garden is absolutely overflowing with cherry tomatoes right now! I seriously can’t pick them fast enough. Grilling ’em up on skewers sounds like a fun way to mix things up a bit. I’ll try that tonight in fact! Perfect timing, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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