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How to Easily Peel a Tomato

Simple and easy instructions for how to peel a tomato
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to peel a tomato, how to easily peel a tomato
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 8kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes
Cost: $5


  • Stock Pot
  • kitchen spider or slotted spoon
  • bowl
  • Stove
  • ice tray or ice maker
  • spoon
  • knife
  • cutting board


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


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.



  • 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. 


Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 378IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg