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How to Cut Tomatoes for Kabobs

Fresh, Juicy, Flavorful, Rich and Red Tomatoes on a Kabob and a perfect char mark on the grill! Oh man! Hang with me and I’ll show you how to cut tomatoes for kabobs FAST!

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Can You Cut a Tomato for a Kabob

You might be asking yourself, “how would I cut a tomato for a kabob” because right now I have a ton of tomatoes.

But the answer is “just don’t”. I’m sorry, I know you think that is a joke, but don’t.

Tomatoes are so juicy and tender that if you cut them and try to skewer them, you’ll find that the disintegrate into almost nothing.

Therefore it’s better to choose the right kind of tomato that does not have to be cut!

Choose a cherry tomato for kabobs and there’s no need to cut them at all.

If you need a great recipe for cut tomatoes, then how about this one?

how to cut tomatoes for kabobs on skewer

Here’s What You’ll Need

You’ll only need a few things for grilling tomatoes

  • Skewers
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • (and tomatoes of course).

Here’s How You Do It

While you don’t actually want to cut a tomato for a kabob, you WILL want to kabob the tomatoes!

  • Use bite sized cherry tomatoes
  • Place a high temp oil on the tomato (like a vegetable oil or peanut oil).
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Place onto the skewer
  • Grill
tomato kabobs on plate with knife

Wondering How To Cut Tomatoes for Kabobs?

Find the Right Tomatoes

You’ll want to select cherry tomatoes that are plump and that have smooth skin. The specific type of tomato doesn’t matter that much. Bite size tomatoes are a little more common for flavor and texture and are what you will likely find easily.

Use cherry tomatoes if this is your first time using tomatoes for kabobs because they are a mild tomato that adds a ton of flavor to whatever dish you are serving.

You definitely can use other types of small bite sized tomatoes for kabobs, but you’ll find them to have a slightly different flavor (sweeter to tart) but you’ll find that full sized tomatoes just won’t work for this job because you need the skin to help hold some of the flavor and tomatoes onto the kabobs.

The Best Tomatoes for Kabobs

You’ll find that the easiest and the most enjoyable tomatoes are those that are most familiar, cherry tomatoes.

Therefore, I recommend the following if this is your first time making tomato kabobs

  • Tiny Toms
  • Sweet Cherry Tomatoes
  • The longer cherry tomatoes

How to Prepare Tomatoes for Kabobs

A simple rinse under fresh water will adequately prepare a cherry tomato for a kabob!

tomatoes on kabobs

What Can I Cook With My Tomato Kabobs?

We love love, mushrooms, peppers and onions on kabobs as well as pork or beef. You can try most any meat with tomato kabobs. Just remember that it’s best to grill your veggies on a separate stick!

As a side dish to your grilled meats, you might try my favorite Tennessee Onions or some foil grilled green beans or even Salmon!

PRO TIP: Consider other veggies too like onions, peppers, squash or zucchini.

EXTRA PRO TIP: For the most even cooking, keep meat on different skewers. Put things with similar cooking times on the same skewers.

We like to do skewers of single ingredients so that I can cook a perfect char on each veggie and/or meat and then we combine at the table.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use the freshest tomatoes possible. Avoid wrinkly skinned mushrooms.
  • Be sure to brush the tomatoes with a high smoke point oil (like vegetable oil) and then sprinkle with salt and pepper before grilling. This helps develop the perfect char.
  • Keep items with similar cooking times on the same skewers. It’s best not to mix veggies and meats on the same skewer. It often takes much longer for the meat to cook and by that time your veggies are burnt.
  • To easily remove tomatoes from the skewer, simple run it between the tines of a fork.

PRO TIP: If using the bamboo skewers, soak the skewers in water for 30 mins before using to prevent scorching.

Watch Sarah Cutting Tomato For Kabobs

Until Sarah has the video completed, here’s a video Cutting Green Tomatoes! Check back for the full video about how to cut mushrooms for kabobs

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How to Cut Tomatoes for Kabobs

How to cut tomatoes for kabobs (don't), just use this recipe instead. It's perfect.
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cut tomatoes for kabobs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Rinse the tomatoes in fresh water.
  • Remove the tomato stems (if there are any) by snapping them off.
  • Rub the oil over the surface of the tomato and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Very gentle skewer the tomatoes onto the kabob. Grill the kabob. Turn using tongs. Grill until the tomatoes are softened and grill marks and charing are on the surface of the tomatoes. Note that the tomatoes may explode and that is fine.

Notes

  • Use the freshest tomatoes possible. Avoid wrinkly skinned tomatoes.
  • Be sure to rub or brush the tomatoes with a high smoke point oil (like vegetable oil) and then sprinkle with salt and pepper before grilling. This helps develop the perfect char.
  • Keep items with similar cooking times on the same skewers. It’s best not to mix veggies and meats on the same skewer. It often takes much longer for the meat to cook and by that time your veggies are burnt.
  • To easily remove tomatoes from the skewer, simple run it between the tines of a fork.
  • Do not try to turn the skewers with your bare hands – you’ll burn yourself. Use tongs.  
  • Note that the tomatoes may deflate or explode. This is fine and it just concentrates the flavor of the piece you have left on the skewer so all is well and as expected.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Cut Tomatoes for Kabobs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 277IU6%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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