How to Peel a Tomato

You know how to peel a carrot, potato and maybe even a zucchini, but you may go your entire life without even peeling a tomato. Many people do, don’t feel sad.

But don’t you wish you knew how? It is easier than you think! 

Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! #howtopeelatomato #tomatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas.

Peeling tomatoes is a basic kitchen skill we should all have. Peeled tomatoes are used in all sorts of tasty recipes that don’t need the waxy skin getting in the way of the tender, juicy flesh of your delicious tomatoes. 

It sounds daunting, but it really isn’t. And after you get used to peeling tomatoes, the process actually goes quite fast.

What types of recipes use peeled tomatoes? Plenty! And honestly you can use a peeled tomato in any recipe that calls for unpeeled tomatoes, just minus the skin.

Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! #howtopeelatomato #tomatoes www.savoryexperiments.com


 

Off the top of my head, use peeled tomatoes in salsa, marinara sauce, salads, tomato sauces, bruschetta and more! When you start to think about it, I’m sure you’ll come up with a handful of ways to use peeled tomatoes. 

If you have too many fresh tomatoes during tomato season, you’ll want to skin them before canning or jarring. 

So here it is… how to peel a tomato:

ONE. Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, bring to a boil.

TWO. While waiting for the boiling water and then prepare a bowl of ice water to make an ice bath. It you prepare your pot of water too soon, the ice will melt by the time you need it. 

THREE. Using a sharp paring knife, score an “X” in the bottom of each tomato. You can also remove the stem. Don’t worry about getting the whole thing, the rest will come off when you peel it. 

Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! #howtopeelatomato #tomatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

FOUR. When the water comes to a boil, drop 1-2 tomatoes into the saucepan. Before careful to not crowd the pot. Boil for 30-45 seconds.

FIVE. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the tomatoes and plunge into ice water. Allow to sit for 1 minutes before removing to a plate.

Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! #howtopeelatomato #tomatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

 SIX. Skin should easily peel off the tomato.

Use tomatoes however you see fit and enjoy your new kitchen skill! 

Tools for peeling tomatoes:

Small Saucepan – Small saucepans are great for sauces, reheating and peeling just a couple of tomatoes!

Paring Knife – Every kitchen needs a good paring knife. You don’t think you need one… until ya do! 

Tongs– Another kitchen essential everyone should have! 

Recipes that use peeled tomatoes:

Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! #howtopeelatomato #tomatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

Question you might have about how to peel a tomato: 

Will this work on any variety of tomato? It sure will! This technique even works on other similarly skinned fruits like peaches

Can I skin a tomato without boiling? You can use a very sharp knife and cut the skin off, but you will also cut off some of the tomato flesh in the process and it won’t look as pretty. 

I’ve also heard of people using a vegetable peeler, but I’ve never had luck using this method. 

Does this technique work all recipes that call for a peeled tomato? It sure does! Soup, salsa and beyond! 

Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! #howtopeelatomato #tomatoes www.savoryexperiments.com
Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! #howtopeelatomato #tomatoes www.savoryexperiments.com

How to Peel a Tomato

5 from 6 votes
Learn how to peel a tomato in just a minute! Super easy without cooking the tomato. Perfect for sauces, salads and salsas! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, bring to a boil.
  • While waiting for the water to boil, fill a medium mixing bowl with cold water and few ice cubes.
  • Using a sharp paring knife, score an “X” in the bottom of each tomato.
  • When the water comes to a boil, drop 1-2 tomatoes into the saucepan. Before careful to not crowd the pot. Boil for 30-45 seconds.
  • Using tongs, remove and plunge into ice water. Allow to sit for 1 minutes before removing to a plate.
  • Skin should easily peel off the tomato.
  • If you’ve tried this technique, come back and let us know how it was! 

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Nutrition

Calories: 88 kcal, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Protein: 4 g, Sodium: 24 mg, Potassium: 1166 mg, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 12 g, Vitamin A: 4100 IU, Vitamin C: 67.4 mg, Calcium: 49 mg, Iron: 1.3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 88
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to peel a tomato
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Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so helpful. At first I was like, I can’t believe I’m Googling hot to peel a damn tomato. But I always made such a mess of it. Glad to see it’s not just me! Thanks for the tips!

  2. 5 stars
    My go-to for the 50 or so quarts of tomatoes I can every year. Works perfectly every time! Great demo♥