How to Peel Tomatoes

How to peel tomatoes quickly. An easy way to peel a tomato without any special tools. Tips for peeling tomatoes. Peeling machines, tomato juicers and a tool that will neatly peel a fresh tomato.

Paderno World Cuisine 4257600 Tomato Juicer Manual

Discounted Paderno World Cuisine Manual Tomato Juicer

If you are canning tomatoes you will most likely want to peel them first. Also, most tomatoes recipes call for peeled tomatoes. Tomato skin can be tough and unpleasant to eat so even the laziest cook will want to learn an easy way to peel tomatoes.

How to Peel a Tomato

Picture of tomato with the X cut into its skin.
Image of a tomato in a steaming basket.

Wash the fruit and cut an X into the bottom of each piece taking care not to cut into the flesh.

Place the prepared tomatoes into a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds.

Alternatively, you can steam them by placing them into a steaming basket and placing that into a pot containing just an inch of boiling water.

Cover the pot and let the tomatoes steam for a minute.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the tomatoes from the hot water to a bowl of ice water. Set them aside to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, peel the skin away with the tip of a paring knife.

If the skin does not slip off easily, the tomatoes were not in the hot water long enough. Repeat the process.

Tomato and soft fruit peeler from Unbeatable Sale

Tribest CP350 Zyliss Soft Skin Peeler

Peeling Tomatoes Over an Open Flame

This is a faster way to peel tomatoes if you have a gas stove.

Hold the tomato over the flame with a long-handled fork. Turn it until the skin splits and then set it aside to cool. Peel it with the tip of a knife.

This method imparts a smoky flavor to the tomato.

Tomato Juicers
Peeling Machines for Tomatoes

If you are peeling a large quantity of fruit for sauces or soups, you might consider investing in a tomato juicer.

Some tomato strainers are tough enough that you don't even have to core the fruit first. Just wash them, place them into the hopper and turn the handle if it's a manual juicer, press a button if it's electric. Presto. Out comes juice and sauce. The seeds, core and skin are strained out.

Here's the Roma Food brand strainer. It is light weight and inexpensive. It won't last as long or handle as large a quantity of tomatoes as the Imperia (below) but it is a good tomato strainer for people who only process the occasional batch.

The Imperia Spremy Electric Tomato Strainer is the tomato juicer you need if you grow and can lots of tomatoes.

Related Pages:

Freezing Tomatoes the Easy Way

Roma Tomato Growing Tips

Go from How to Peel Tomatoes to How to Grow Tomatoes

Go from How to Peel Tomatoes to Botanical Journeys Plant Guides' Home

Favorite Recipes

bowl of tomato soup with rice

Fresh Tomato Soup Recipe

pot of southern style kale greens

African-American Kale Recipe

mashed red potatoes with sour cream and chives

Mashed Red Potatoes

jalapeno cornbread in a cast iron skillet

Hot Jalapeno Cornbread


We earn a commission when you buy products via the links on this site. Without these sales, it would be impossible for us to keep online.

Small donations are also gratefully accepted:

Thank you very much, we appreciate your support.

Your plant guides,

Selina and Tiny