Tomato Confit

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This Tomato Confit (infused with a little bit of saffron) is 100% about to revolutionize the way you eat! It’s perfection!!

Tomato Confit from (@whatsgabycookin)

Okay, I know I say that about a ton of things… but it’s true! So now that I’ve acknowledged that everything I make is life changing… let’s move on.

I’ve been making this on REPEAT for almost 10 years!! Ever since being introduced to it from my friend Dana Robinson at matt and adams house a decade ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this slow roasted tomato confit. It’s basically cherry tomatoes that are slowly simmered in some really good quality olive oil along with some saffron, salt and pepper. That’s it. Could it get any easier… no. Could it be more delicious… no.

Tomato Confit from (@whatsgabycookin)

I’ll eat this on just about everything. Toasted pita bread, yes. Grilled bread with a shmear of fresh ricotta cheese, yes. On top of grilled chicken or salmon, yes. Beef kebabs, yes. Quinoa, farro, risotto, noodles… yes, yes and yes. I mean the list goes on. It’s quite possibly the most amazing condiment ever invented and you need massive quantities of it in your life from here on out.

Here are my favorite WGC recipes I’ve incorporated tomato confit into over the years:

Tomato Confit FAQ’s:

  • Q: How to store tomato confit?
    A: The best tomato confit storage container needs to be airtight. I like to use these Glass Storage Container.
  • Q: How long does tomato confit last?
    A: It lasts for about a 1 week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Q: Can you freeze tomato confit?
    A: Yes, you can freeze it no problem.

Tomato Confit Ingredients:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Saffron
  • Salt / Pepper

How to make my roasted cherry tomato confit:

(see recipe card below for detailed instructions)

Place your tomatoes and olive oil over medium high heat and add the saffron and season with salt and pepper. Once the oil starts to get hot, and the tomatoes start to blister, reduce the heat and let simmer. After about an hour, the tomatoes should be falling apart. Remove them from the heat and let cool in the skillet before serving. Salt and pepper to taste.

Saffron Tomato Confit

5 from 9 votes
This Tomato Confit is the perfect condiment for just about every recipe and a great way to use up all those summer tomatoes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 6 people


  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1 pinch saffron about 20 threads
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • In a medium skillet, place the tomatoes and olive oil over medium high heat. Add the saffron and season with salt and pepper. Give the mixture a stir to combine.
  • Once the oil starts to get hot, and the tomatoes start to blister, reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer for 60 minutes. Stirring every 10 minutes.
  • After 60 minutes, the tomatoes should be falling apart. Remove them from the heat and let cool in the skillet for about 20 minutes before serving. Adjust salt and pepper before serving if desired.
  • If storing overnight, transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Let it come to room temperature before serving.


  1. I love this! Can this be made then stored in the fridge for a few days? Or even stored in a freezer to have on hand?

  2. Hi Gaby,

    I made another tomato confit recipe (big mistake) and ended up with whole tomatoes in olive oil. Do you think I could take the batch and just do what you’ve outlined here to fix it?

    1. ack!! sorry to hear that! unsure what the other recipe you followed called for but worth a try!

  3. 5 stars
    I want to swim laps in this delicious tomato saffron confit. It’s amazing. Don’t think twice – make it now. Thank you for this incredible & easy recipe, Gaby!

  4. Hello!

    Can you use frozen cherry tomatoes? Froze some before heading out on vacation and wondering if the recipe will work with what I have on hand.

  5. I do not have access to saffron. I can make it without but what would you suggest instead, I was thinking garlic but could use advice on how much. Thanks!

    1. Hi there!! I have an ABUNDANCE only Roma tomatoes, do you think this recipe will work with those as well and if so, how do you recommend adjusting? Can’t wait to try it!!

    2. I’d actually make the butter tomato sauce on my website rather than this confit! The confit is really amazing with smaller tomatoes

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