How to Cut a Tomato

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This is an easy tutorial for how to cut a tomato into perfect wedges, slices or dice. Learn the best technique for cutting any shape tomatoes for recipes!

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Knowing how to cut a fresh tomato ensures your salads will have pretty half-moon tomato wedges, your burgers gorgeous tomato slices, and your salsas perfectly square tomato dice. Tomatoes show up in cuisines all over the world – including the healthy Mediterranean diet – and I’m going to share my favorite way to cut them.

knife cutting through a tomato

It is so worth learning to cut tomatoes the right way. Besides being delicious, they are packed with fiber, vitamins (A, C, and a tiny bit of E! potassium, and lycopene, an antioxidant that protects cells, and which researchers believe may have cancer-fighting properties.

Different cuts and uses for tomatoes:

  • Tomato slices: part of sandwich and burger stacks and the center of caprese salads. Mmm.
  • Tomato cubes: the foundation of salsas, part of good guacamole, chopped salads, or egg dishes like quiche and frittatas
  • Tomato wedges: Salads, salads, salads!
Two vine ripe tomatoes on a cutting board

How to cut a tomato (3 different ways)

Regardless how you want to cut your tomatoes, having a sharp high quality knife will make it much easier! Serrated knives (like a bread or steak knife) work best especially on riper, softer tomatoes. If you don’t have a serrated knife, use the sharpest blade in your kitchen.

How to cut tomato slices

  • Place the tomato on its side so that the top of the tomato faces to the right. Slice off the top of the tomato to remove the stem.
  • Then cut the tomato into thin parallel slices working from the top of the tomato to the bottom.
Step by step tutorial for slicing

These perfectly cut tomato slices are ready not for your BBQ platter or lunchbox sandwiches!

Pretty sliced tomatoes on a cutting board

How to dice tomatoes

  • Start with the sliced tomatoes from the previous step. Then cut the slices into thin strips.
Step by step photos for dicing
  • Next, holding the sides together on the side, cut again crosswise in the opposite direction.
Dicing a tomato from a top angle

By cutting tomatoes into cubes this way, there is some solid tomato meat on each piece.

side shot of dicing a tomato

These cubed tomatoes are ready for guac, salsas, or frittatas.

Diced tomatoes on a cutting board

How to cut tomato wedges

  • First place the tomato with the stem facing up. Remove any green stems. Now, using your large serrated knife, cut the tomato in half from the stem to the bottom.
  • Then, cut it again in half from the stem to the bottom to create quarters
Cutting a tomato in half

There’s no need to remove the stem green part, but if it bothers you, you can slice it off.

Show half the tomato after cutting

Now, you can cut smaller wedges by cutting the quarters down the center, making sure to cut through the part where the stem was.

Showing how to dice tomatoes

Viola! Cut larger tomato wedges for classic salads.

How to cut tomato wedges

Smaller tomato wedges work well as a garnish on the side of a bowl of soup or other hot dishes.

Perfect wedges of tomatoes for salads

Recipes with tomatoes

Frequently asked questions

Should cut tomatoes be refrigerated?

Yes. For texture and flavor, whole intact tomatoes are best kept out of the refrigerator, but once cut into, tomatoes need to be refrigerated. Tightly wrapped or packaged they are good for three days. If storing tomato slices, you can try putting a paper towel at the bottom of the container to absorb extra moisture.

Can fresh tomato slices be frozen?

Yes. And unlike fresh greens, tomato slices do not need to be blanched before freezing. Just freeze individual tomato pieces on a sheet pan and then transfer to a freezer bag. The frozen slices should be good for up to eight months.

Knife cutting through a tomato half

Tomatoes can be a challenge on the cutting board. Their squishable combination of thin skins and gelatinous interiors with lots of seeds makes cutting into them akin to trying to slice a balloon full of goo. I hope this tutorial on cutting tomatoes helps make it less challenging.

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How to Cut a Tomato

This is an easy tutorial for how to cut a tomato into perfect wedges, slices or dice. Learn the best technique for cutting any shape tomatoes for recipes!
5 from 49 votes
Servings 1 serving
Course Side Dish
Calories 22
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ripe tomato

Instructions

  • For sliced tomatoes: Place the tomato on its side so that the top of the tomato faces to the right. Using a large serrated knife, slice off the top of the tomato to remove the stem. Then cut the tomato into parallel thin slices working from the top of the tomato towards to bottom.
  • For diced tomatoes: Start with the sliced tomatoes. Then cut into thin strips, then cut them crosswise in the opposite direction.
  • For tomato wedges: Place the tomato with the stem facing up. Remove any green stems. Using a large serrated knife, cut the tomato in half from the stem to the bottom. Then cut it again in half from the stem to the bottom to create quarters. You can cut smaller wedges by cutting the quarters down the center, making sure to cut through the part where the stem was.

Notes

Storage: Store any cut tomatoes in the refrigerator for 3 days. Make sure to tightly wrap them or place in an airtight container. If storing tomato slices, you can try putting a paper towel at the bottom of the container to absorb extra moisture.
Nutritional Data: The information below is an automated estimate for one vine-ripened tomato alone. It could vary based on the exact size an type of tomato used
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 292mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1025IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

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