If you love sun dried tomatoes, you should definitely give these Air Fryer Sun Dried Tomatoes a try. It’s a really fast way to make perfect dried tomatoes in half the time it would take in the oven, and a small fraction of the time to make them sun dried.
I really needed some sundried tomatoes for a recipe but didn’t have any. Then it occurred to me that I could probably make some in the air fryer really easily. So I tried it. Yep, I was right. It’s so easy.
If you have some cherry tomatoes and olive oil, you’re all set. It’s just a few ingredients you need to make these perfect dried tomatoes. It also takes just an hour and a half in the air fryer.
Ingredients You Need
- Cherry tomatoes – You can make sun dried tomatoes with any size tomato you want. I’ve used the little round ones and the oblong ones. I’ve even used roma tomatoes.
- Olive oil – A good olive oil gives them extra flavor as they cook down, so be sure to use a high-quality one.
- Salt and Italian seasoning – I usually put on some salt and Italian seasoning. However, if you want them to be plain, you can leave the seasoning off.
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
- Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
- Fork – You’ll need a fork or spatula to press down gently on the tomatoes halfway through cooking to release a bit more of their juices.
How to Make Air Fryer “Sun Dried” Tomatoes
Preheat your air fryer to 240° F. On most air fryers, this is simple. On mine (the Ninja Max XL), I can’t use the air fry setting because it only goes as low as 300° F. So I have to use the Air Roast setting. You might find this is the case on yours too. There’s always a workaround.
Place the halved tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on the salt and Italian seasoning. Toss to coat.
Pour the tomatoes into your air fryer basket. You can dry as many at a time as you can fit in your basket in one layer. You don’t want to overlap them because they won’t dry properly. Cook the tomatoes for 45 minutes.
Use a fork or spatula to lightly smash down the tomatoes. Be careful when you do this because the hot juices from the tomato tend to squirt out. You don’t want to mash them entirely, just smash them down a little bit. Continue cooking for another 45 minutes.
When done, spread the tomatoes out on a paper towel lined plate and allow them to cool for at least 1 hour. This will continue the drying process and will result in a chewy, delicious dried tomato.
How to Use Sun Dried Tomatoes
These sun dried tomatoes are a great addition to salads and pastas. They add a lot of concentrated tomato flavor to your dish.
Any dish that you would normally add fresh tomatoes to is a candidate for sun dried tomatoes. Think outside the box and start adding them to salads, soups, pastas, and even sandwiches.
What Tomatoes to Use
I always say that the best tomatoes to dry are the ones you have too many of. If you have a garden, you’ll likely have cherry tomatoes of some kind, or maybe Roma tomatoes. You can dry them all! It’s best to dry ones that can be easily halved and aren’t too big.
How to Store Sun Dried Tomatoes
Unlike the sun dried tomatoes that you buy at the store that have tons of preservatives in them, these homemade ones won’t last that long. They also cannot be stored on the counter or in a bag in the pantry, because they aren’t shelf stable.
To store your sun dried tomatoes, be sure to dry them enough so that the juices are all gone. Wait for them to cool completely. Then place them in an air tight container and store them in the refrigerator. They will last for a couple of week.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
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Air Fryer Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 10 ounces red cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat your air fryer to 240° F.
- Place the tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on the salt and Italian seasoning. Toss to coat.
- Pour the tomatoes into your air fryer basket. Cook for 45 minutes.
- Use a fork or spatula to smash down the tomatoes. Continue cooking for another 45 minutes.
- When done, spread the tomatoes out on a paper towel lined plate and allow to cool for at least 1 hour.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?
The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.
My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
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