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!! It also goes perfect with so many recipes. You can use it on top of this Fried Egg Breakfast Sandwich or goes perfect with this Pasta Salad! There are so many ways to use this delicious spread.

Tomato confit in a mason jar sitting on top of a cutting board next to toast.


 

Why I Love This Recipe

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 spread across toast sitting on a plate.  Adjacent to the tomato confit is a spoon.

I'll eat this roasted cherry tomato confit 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.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Tomato Confit Ingredients: cherry tomatoes, salt, black pepper, olive oil, and saffron prepped out on a wooden cutting board
  • Cherry Tomatoes – You can substitute cherry tomatoes for heirloom tomatoes just cut them down into smaller pieces.
  • Olive Oil – Make sure to use a good quality olive oil for this recipe.
  • Saffron – You can buy it at Trader Joes for $5.99. If you don't have saffron it’s still great without it! You could add a few whole garlic cloves instead.
  • Salt & Pepper – Feel free to adjust to taste.

How to make Tomato Confit

Halved cherry tomatoes in a medium skillet with olive oil over medium high heat.

Step 1: Start by placing your tomatoes and olive oil over medium high heat.

Halved cherry tomatoes in a medium skillet with olive oil saffron salt and pepper over medium high heat.

Step 2: Add the saffron and season with salt and pepper.

Halved cherry tomatoes in a medium skillet that have started to blister

Step 3: Once the oil starts to get hot, and the tomatoes start to blister, reduce the heat and let simmer for an hour stirring every 10 minutes.

Tomato confit in a medium skillet

Step 4: After about an hour, the tomatoes should be falling apart. Remove them from the heat and let cool in the skillet before serving.

Tips & Tricks

Low and slow is the secret to making jammy Tomato Confit. Once the oil starts to get hot, and the tomatoes start to blister, reduce the heat and let simmer for an hour stirring every 10 minutes.

FAQs

How to store tomato confit?

The best Tomato Confit storage container needs to be airtight. I like to use these Glass Storage Containers.

How long does tomato confit last?

Tomato confit will last for up to a week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To extend its shelf life, you can freeze it for up to 3 months in ice cube trays for single serving easy use.

Can you freeze tomato confit?

Sure can! Transfer it to ice cube trays for single serving easy use, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What to Make with Tomato Confit

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Saffron Tomato Confit

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 13 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 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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66 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. Today I tried it with out of season tomatoes which were still tomatoey but not sweet like summer. It was still great! I also ran out of saffron today so I supplemented with two smashed garlic cloves and all the saffron I did have. Still totally great and my husband raved about it.

    Hot tip: in the summer, make a mega batch and then freeze in muffin cup increments. They keep great in the freezer and are so yummy in December. We ran out, thus the out of season solution above. It’s better with in season tomatoes, but still fantastic.

  2. 4 stars
    Easy Peezy recipe I used half yellow cherry tomatoes and half heirloom tomatoes, and it just seemed a bit watery. But the taste excellent! I have saffron, but chose to use my saffron salt instead when I use the saffron up from the little containers, I pour salt in there to get a saffron smell. It’s marvelous way to use up those little jars.

  3. 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

  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.

4.93 from 13 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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