Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes

Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes transform a handful of your everyday tomatoes into tiny bits of joy intensely concentrated with flavor. It’s easy to preserve the sunny days of summer by making sun dried cherry tomatoes in your oven.

Delight in your oven-dried cherry tomatoes as a snack, topping for salads, or even an ingredient for a pesto. You’ll soon be elevating more of your culinary adventures by dehydrating everything, from dried strawberries and dried apple rings to kale waffle chips.

a small bowl of dehydrated cherry tomatoes
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bowls of cherry tomatoes sorted into different stages of ripeness.

This recipe for dehydrating cherry tomatoes was originally inspired by the need to pick our cherry tomatoes before the first fall rain and windstorm of the season. I’m not the only one who arranges by color, right?

Whether you grow your own cherry tomatoes or buy them from a market, you’ll want tomatoes for this recipe that are ripe but not bursting. If your tomatoes aren’t quite ripe, you can put them in a brown paper bag to speed up the process. That’s because tomatoes produce and are sensitive to ethylene gas after they’re picked., just like apples, bananas, and avocados.

Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

Recipe tips and tricks

Step 1: Wash tomatoes only right before you use them. To make these oven-dried cherry tomatoes, first slice them in half from North to South Pole.

cherry tomato halves on a cutting board.

Step 2: Brush the cut face of the tomatoes with a mixture of salt, pepper, and olive oil. I like to use a dishwasher-safe silicone pastry brush.

Step 3: Dehydrate in your oven or dehydrator. The pic below shows the dehydrating cherry tomatoes from raw, to 5 hours in, and then 8 hours. You can stop at any point you like. Just know that if these dehydrated cherry tomatoes have moisture left, they may mold if left at room temperature.

three panels showing cherry tomatoes at different stages of dryness.

How to use dehydrated tomatoes

Dehydrating cherry tomatoes makes a great snack, and there are hundreds of ways to use them in cooking:

Recipe FAQs

Do you need to remove the seeds before dehydrating cherry tomatoes?

Some recipes suggest removing the seeds so your tomatoes take less time to dehydrate. I’m lazy, so to me that seems more work than necessary.

How should I store dehydrated cherry tomatoes?

If you want to store dehydrated tomatoes at room temperature for longer than a week or two, you will want to make sure to completely dehydrate them so they have no moisture at all. Otherwise, dehydrated tomatoes should be used within a week or so.

Is freezing cherry tomatoes possible?

Raw tomatoes don’t freeze, but they can be canned. Or you could roast and then freeze cherry tomatoes.

What’s your favorite cherry tomato plant to grow?

I always plant Sweet Million cherry tomatoes. Seattle summers are really variable, and this varietal is an indeterminate tomato plant that produces abundant, sweet fruit.

Check out other Ugly Duckling Bakery recipes with fresh ripe, tomatoes like:

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Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes

5 from 1 vote
Category: Snack
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 42kcal
Dehydrating cherry tomatoes is one way to preserve the last bit of summer. Then you have a great snack, toppings for salads, or even an ingredient for a pesto!
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  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes (about 40 to 50 tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Slice the tomatoes in half and place them cut side up on a dehydrating rack suitable for your oven if it has a dehydrator function or your dehydrator.
    2 pints cherry tomatoes (about 40 to 50 tomatoes)
  • Mix the olive oil, salt, and pepper, and use a pastry brush to brush a small amount over the cut surface.
    2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Dehydrate in your oven on the dehydrate setting at 175°F or in a dehydrator on the fruit and vegetable setting until the tomatoes are the desired dryness.
  • If completely dry, you can store at room temperature, although I will always recommend you store in the refrigerator for safety.


The drying time will depend on the size of your tomatoes and your desired level of dehydration.
Dehydrated cherry tomatoes can be stored indefinitely at room temperature if all of the moisture has been removed. Otherwise, store your dried cherry tomatoes at room temperature for up to one week. Dehydrated tomatoes can also be stored covered in olive oil.


Serving: 5dehydrated tomatoes | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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This recipe post for dehydrating cherry tomatoes was first posted September 19, 2021. It was last updated May 25, 2023.

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