Our best recipes with tomatoes include everything from sweet tomato salad recipes from Myanmar and the Mediterranean to recipes for Thai tomato relish and Mexican tomato salsa. We have a tomato based curry recipe and and a tomato based stew recipe, along with recipes for breakfasts with rich tomato sauces and the classic Italian aperitivo snack or tomato and basil bruschetta.
I’ve just bought some sweet plump ripe tomatoes that I’m going to use to make some stuffed tomatoes, a classic Cambodian dish that’s much-loved here and is a remnant from the French colonial period. I was thinking what other recipes with tomatoes I could make, and as I was browsing our archives, I thought why not share them?
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Our Best Recipes with Tomatoes from Tomato Bredie to Tomato Salads and Salsas
Savoury French Toast Recipe with Pan-Fried Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and Fresh Herbs
This savoury French toast recipe is one of our best recipes with tomatoes. It makes classic French toast – fried bread that’s been soaked in a beaten egg and milk mixture – flavoured with garlic, onion, sea salt, pepper, and a little chilli, piled with pan-fried sweet cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and fragrant dill. It’s a fabulous weekend breakfast, brunch or lunch dish.
Mexican Huevos Rancheros Recipe with Mexican Chorizo and Tomato Salsa
This traditional Mexican huevos rancheros recipe with Mexican chorizo and tomato salsa makes the classic Mexican ‘ranch eggs’, a breakfast staple in Mexico. A tomato salsa is enriched with soft spicy chorizo sausage and combined with fried eggs with runny egg yolks laid on warm tortillas. It makes a hearty flavourful Mexican breakfast dish and it’s one of our best recipes with tomatoes.
North African Chakchouka Recipe for Poached Eggs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
This North African chakchouka recipe makes poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. While it’s thought that this recipe comes from Tunisia, chakchouka (also written as shakshuka) is found right across North Africa and we’ve eaten it everywhere from Morocco to the Levant during our years living in the Middle East.
Eggs in Purgatory Recipe from Southern Italy, The Calabrian Rendition
This eggs in purgatory recipe for uova al purgatorio in Italian makes the Calabrian rendition of this Southern Italian specialty. A centuries-old dish of soft poached eggs in a rich tomato sauce, the dish originated in Naples. The secret to this spicy iteration of that family favourite is ’nduja, the spreadable, spicy sausage from Spilinga in Italy’s southernmost province. In Calabria it’s also known as uova fra diavolo (eggs between the devil) and uova ca ’nduja (eggs with spicy Calabrian sausage), and it’s another of our best tomato recipes.
Thai Fried Egg Salad Recipe for Yam Khai Dao, a Crispy Fried Egg Salad with Tomatoes
This Thai fried egg salad recipe for yam khai dao makes an addictive salad of crispy fried eggs with sweet tomatoes, purple shallots, crunchy peanuts, fragrant coriander and Chinese celery, chillies, and a salad dressing that’s all at once sweet, sour, tangy, and funky. This is the latest recipe in our Weekend Eggs series on egg dishes from around the world.
Shan Tomato Salad Recipe with Shallots, Sesame and Coriander
This Shan tomato salad recipe with shallots, sesame and coriander will make you a sweet tomato salad textured with crunchy purple onions, sesame seeds and crispy fried shallots and garlic, and fragrant fresh coriander. Mostly made with green tomatoes, the salad can also be made with red tomatoes, and it’s one of our best recipes with tomatoes. This salad is typically eaten as a refreshing accompaniment to rich curries but can also be enjoyed with steamed rice.
Easy Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe for a Taste of Summer on the Mediterranean
This is the best tomato salad recipe if you want a taste of summer on the Mediterranean and it’s super quick and easy to make – so easy that after you make this you’ll never have to look at it again. One of our best recipes with tomatoes, the key to making this tomato salad taste so great is fresh, flavourful produce and top quality ingredients: the sweetest tomatoes and crunchiest cucumbers, a grassy extra virgin olive oil, sweet red onions, briny capers, Ortiz salted anchovies, aromatic Italian basil, juicy Kalamata olives, and the best feta cheese you can find.
Tasty Thai Nam Prik Ong Recipe for a Spicy Pork and Tomato Dip
This Thai nam prik ong recipe makes a spicy pork and tomato dip from Northern Thailand. Served with fresh or steamed vegetables or sticky rice, which you dip into the bowl, nam prik ong is the most approachable of the Thai relishes and dips, not being as pungent or fiery as some. You’ll need a mortar and pestle to make this Northern Thai specialty, which is easily another of our best tomato recipes.
Classic Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Recipe for the Classic Italian Aperitivo Snack
This classic tomato and basil bruschetta recipe shows you how to make this popular Italian aperitivo snack or dinner starter the traditional way. Another of our best recipes with tomatoes, it’s a quick and easy recipe that relies on little else but flavourful tomatoes, fresh fragrant basil and good quality olive oil. It should not be a potion to ward off vampires. Bruschetta, which is pronounced ‘broo-sketta’ or ‘bruws-keh-da’ not ‘broo-shetta’ or ‘broo-chetta’, is meant to be a refreshing aperitivo snack or dinner starter, a palate cleanser designed to get the taste buds activated to go on to your first course of dinner or heavier snacks. Fresh onion and balsamic vinegar? That’s a no.
Easy Red Tomato Salsa Recipe for a Homemade Spicy Tomato Salsa
This easy red tomato salsa recipe makes a spicy Mexican salsa that I’ve been perfecting since we returned from our first big trip to Mexico and the USA way back in the 90s when we first began travelling abroad. This easy red tomato salsa recipe is so versatile that we serve it with a big old bowl of chili con carne, with quesadillas and huevos rancheros, with my ultimate nachos, or just as a dip with corn chips, perhaps alongside some guacamole. A sprinkle of Maldon Sea Salt (every good chef’s favourite) really brings out the flavour. It’s easily another of our best recipes with tomatoes.
Best Gazpacho Recipe for an Authentic Andalusian Style Gazpacho
This is the best gazpacho recipe for an authentic Andalusian style gazpacho from southern Spain of the kind that you’ll find in cities such as Seville, Granada and Cordoba. This recipe results in a vibrant orange gazpacho that tastes like a garden salad in the form of a cold summer soup. One of our best recipes with tomatoes, this chilled soup tastes even better the next day!
Russian Borscht Recipe for the Hearty Home-Cooked Soup of my Childhood
This Russian borscht recipe makes the hearty home-cooked soup of my childhood that my baboushka used to make. The Russian-Ukrainian beetroot-driven vegetable and tomato soup, is served with sour cream and dill and is a filling meal in itself. We’d eat it for lunch or dinner the first night then breakfast the next day, dunking weighty slices of black rye bread into my Russian grandmother’s nourishing broth. It’s one of my favourite Russian family recipes and another of our best tomato recipes.
Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe for a Hearty Broth Inspired by Russian Cabbage Rolls
This cabbage roll soup recipe makes a comforting soup inspired by the Russian cabbage rolls called golubtsi (голубцы), filled with minced meat and rice and baked in a rich tomato sauce. It’s by no means an authentic Russian dish. My Russian grandmother did not make this, nor did my mother. In fact, my baboushka is probably rolling in her grave, but this cabbage roll soup is incredibly delicious, rich, and hearty all the same, and it’s one of our best tomato recipes.
Easy Russian Cabbage Rolls Recipe for a Petite Version of Baboushka’s Golubtsi
Based on my baboushka’s Russian cabbage rolls recipe for golubtsi (голубцы) – cabbage rolls stuffed with a savoury minced pork, beef, carrot, and rice filling, and cloaked in a rich homemade tomato sauce – my easy Russian cabbage rolls recipe is a more petite version (one of baba’s cabbage rolls was a meal in itself!), and as I cook the savoury pork, beef, carrot, and rice filling before stuffing the cabbage rolls, they bake much faster than the larger golubtsy filled with a raw meat mixture. They’re equally delicious and another of our best tomato recipes.
Classic Burmese Chicken Curry Recipe for an Aromatic Tomato Based Curry
This classic Burmese chicken curry recipe is another of our best recipes with tomatoes. It makes a fragrant gently-spiced curry that is perfumed with turmeric, ginger, garlic, chilli, and lemongrass. A rich curry with a moreish tomato-based gravy and a layer of aromatic oil that’s quickly soaked up by coconut rice, it should be served with zingy salads and a relish or two.
Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe for a Richly Spiced Tomato Based Curry
This Cape Malay chicken curry recipe makes a richly spiced curry from Cape Town, South Africa. Eaten with aromatic Cape Malay yellow rice, buttery roti, and simple tomato, onion and cucumber sambals, it’s an incredibly delicious curry that you’ll be sorry to finish, and it’s easily another of our best tomato based recipes. Our advice: make double the amount, as it tastes even better as leftovers the next day.
Tomato and Bean Chilli Recipe for a Vegetarian Chilli
This easy vegetarian chilli recipe makes a chilli con carne sin carne (without meat) and it’s vegan if you eat it without dairy accompaniments such as sour cream and cheese. Another of our best recipes with tomatoes, this tomato and bean chilli is a cinch to make and comes together quickly, it’s full of so much flavour thanks to the spices that even meat-lovers won’t miss the beef mince.
Matt Preston’s Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe and the Italian-Australian History of ‘Spag Bol’
This spaghetti Bolognese recipe and surprising Italian-Australian history of spaghetti Bolognese comes courtesy of food writer Matt Preston, who uses 800 grams of diced tomatoes in this rich spaghetti bolognese. The recipe is in Preston’s recently-released World of Flavour, The Recipes, Myths and Surprising Stories Behind the World’s Best-Loved Food, which is a cookbook as much as a myth-busting culinary history that sets the record straight: ‘spag bol’ is not Italian, it’s Italian-Australian. And this is another fantastic recipe with tomatoes.
Tomato Bredie Recipe for a Classic Cape Town Stew from South Africa
This tomato bredie recipe makes a classic Cape Town stew. This bredie (an Afrikaans word meaning ‘stew’) is a slow-cooked mutton and tomato stew. The variety and amount of spices added have an infinite variety of permeations. This is Terence’s version of the tomato bredie inspired by our time in Cape Town, and it’s easily another of our best recipes with tomatoes.
Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe for Cambodian Tomates Farcies
This stuffed tomatoes recipe makes Cambodian tomates farcies, a culinary remnant of the French colonial period when Cambodia was a French protectorate and part of French Indochina, along with Vietnam and Laos. A delicious side dish when cooked in the home, in Cambodia tomates farcies are sold on the street and in markets, and as ready-to-cook meals in supermarkets.
Please do let us know in the comments below if you make any of our best recipes with tomatoes as we’d love to know how they turned out for you.