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How to Peel and Seed a Tomato

FAST and EASY! You won’t believe how quickly you can peel and seed a tomato when you learn this method! Easy to follow instructions with How to Peel and See a Tomato!

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Why This How to Peel and Seed a Tomato Works

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • You have everything you need for the job at home already!

Recipes for Tomatoes? 

We love tomatoes in Bacon Dip, Tomato PieCucumber Tomato Salad, tomato gravy and fried green tomatoes!!!

Here’s How to Peel and Seed a Tomato

STEP 1. Cut a little X on the bottom of the tomato.

Round red tomato with a large X cut on the bottom

Cut a cross on the tomato’s bottom

STEP 2. Drop the tomato into boiling water.

Four whole tomatoes in boiling water in stock pot

Boil tomatoes for 2 minutes or so – till skin loosens

 

STEP 3. After tomato sits in the boiling water for a minute or 2, remove to a bowl of waiting ice water. This stops the cooking

tomatoes in a yellow bowl of ice water

Submerge in icewater for 2-3 minutes

 

STEP 4. After tomato has cooled, the skin will slip right off. 

The peel falling off of a tomato

Skin peeling off the tomato – simply slip it off

STEP 5. Cut the tomato in half, use a spoon turned upside down to scrape out the seeds and inside pieces. (Do this Gently so as not to destroy the meat of the tomato). You can do this step weather you have removed the skin or not. 

tomato halves with spoon and cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Peel and Seed a Tomato

What Kind of Tomatoes Can I Use for Peeling and Seeding? 

This process works for literally ANY tomato. I use this technique when I’m canning tomatoes or if I need to peel tomatoes for a recipe. Either one. 

How Do I Peel and Seed Tomatoes in the Microwave

Make an ‘X’ on the bottom of the tomato, microwave on high for 25 seconds, remove from the microwave and place in an ice bath. When cool enough to handle, peel the skin off. Follow the directions below for how to remove the seeds. 

***Keep in mind that there is a danger that the tomato could pop or explode and could make a mess in your microwave, using the stove top method is preferred. 

How Do I Remove the Core of a Tomato? 

Interesting that you should ask! I have a post about it right here, (How to Core a Tomato), but basically, you use the sharp end of a small knife and cut down into the tomato using a circular motion to remove it. 

Can I Just Remove the Peel with a Knife? 

Yes, you absolutely can! If I need to peel and seed 3 or more tomatoes, the boiling method is worth the extra effort, less than three and simply peeling by cutting the skin off with a very sharp kitchen knife is a better option. 

Tips and Tricks

  • Wash the tomatoes of any visible dirt (if using garden fresh tomatoes) before starting this process.
  • A small X is fine on the bottom of the tomato, it will work, but I’ve found that large X’s seem to work a little better. 
  • No need to boil the tomatoes hard, like a cauldron. Instead, a gentle simmer is fine. We don’t’ want to cook the tomato, just get the skin off. 
  • Have a waiting bowl of ice water to dunk the tomatoes in. I use my kitchen spider for this job but a large slotted spoon will work too. I’ll put a picture of a kitchen spider below here and you can click through onto Amazon to check it out if you want. You’ll find better prices at your local Target, Wal-Mart, etc. 
  • More great information about tomatoes for canning purposes!

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How to Easily Peel a Tomato

Simple and easy instructions for how to peel a tomato
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to peel a tomato, how to easily peel a tomato
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 8kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 1 sauce pan of boiling water
  • 1 lb tomatoes you can peel any amount of tomatoes with this method
  • 1 bowl of ice water

Instructions

To Peel the Tomatoes

  • wash tomatoes
  • cut an X on the bottom of the tomato
  • submerse in boiling water and allow to boil for about 2 minutes – just until skin starts to loosen
  • Remove the tomatoes to the ice water and allow to rest in the icewater for 2-3 minutes (stops the cooking from the boiling water)
  • When cool enough to touch, The tomato skins will be loose and easy to slip right off.

To Seed the Tomatoes

  • Cut the tomato in half, use a spoon turned upside down to scrape out the seeds and gel.

Notes

  • Wash the tomatoes of any visible dirt (if using garden fresh tomatoes) before starting this process.  
  • A small X is fine on the bottom of the tomato, it will work, but I've found that large X's seem to work a little better. 
  • No need to boil the tomatoes hard, like a cauldron.  Instead, a gentle simmer is fine.  We don't' want to cook the tomato, just get the skin off. 
  • Have a waiting bowl of ice water to dunk the tomatoes in.  I use my kitchen spider for this job but a large slotted spoon will work too.  I'll put a picture of a kitchen spider below here and you can click through onto Amazon to check it out if you want.  You'll find better prices at your local Target, Wal-Mart, etc. 
PRO TIP:  Only put 1-2 tomatoes into the simmering water at a time. If you put more, it will decrease the temperature enough that the tomatoes will slowly start to cook instead of bubble in the heat.  Have the water at a good hard simmer, drop in one or maybe two tomatoes and they should be done in only a minute or two. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Easily Peel a Tomato
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 378IU8%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This recipe first appeared on Loaves and Dishes on  July 22, 2015 and has been updated with new photos, video, updated recipe card, how to with photos, why this recipe works, nutrition information, equipment information, recipes notes, pro tip and frequently asked questions.

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Bonnie R Riecke

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

thanks just needed a reminder

Wendi Spraker

Friday 24th of April 2020

Hi Bonnie, Glad to be of assistance! Thanks for leaving a comment!

Moxie

Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Just cruising your site trying to be reminded of summer and this one hits me right in the summer spot.

Judy

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

As I was wandering aimlessly I spied my all time most favorite food in the whole world...a REAL tomato!! When we get back from our local peach stand/fresh from another family member's garden veges and huge maters I am going to make your mater pie! I am a born and raised MS. gal and I have never had tomato pie!!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

Judy, you have done my heart a world of good this morning! I hope you enjoy yu tomato pie! I LOVE good garden tomatoes too! Summer time fav!!!

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