Garlic & Chilli Fried Tomatoes

How to make Garlic and Chilli Fried Tomatoes.

Ingredients: Serves 2-4

  • 4 to 6 large firm tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 fresh green chillies, seeded, ribbed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Fresh crusty bread, for serving


  1. Arrange the tomato halves, cut-side down, in a skillet large enough to fit the pieces snugly.
  2. Pour the olive oil over the tomatoes and set the pan over medium heat until the oil has heated up and tomatoes have cooked slightly on the cut-side, about 5 minutes.
  3. Flip the tomatoes over and scatter half the garlic and chillies on top of the tomatoes, allowing some to fall into the oil in the gaps between the halves.
  4. Scatter the rest in the gaps between the tomato halves.
  5. The garlic and chillies in the oil will crisp as the dish cooks.
  6. Season with the salt, cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the tomatoes have started to soften but still retain their shape, 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Check on the tomatoes several times while cooking and, tilting the pan, spoon some of the oil mixture over the tomatoes.
  8. Cooking time will vary with size and ripeness of the tomatoes.
  9. When almost done, sprinkle the mint over the tomatoes, cover the pan, and cook for about 1 minute.
  10. Finish with a light sprinkling of black pepper.
  11. Remove from the heat and serve with fresh crusty bread to mop up the delicious juices.
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