Savory Tomato Crisp Recipe

This tomato crisp recipe is part of a continuing series we’re sharing for Summer on our favorite heirloom tomatoes that we’re growing. And we have a delicious recipe included too! You can visit all our tomato recipes on our tomato page.Savory tomato crisp recipe with fresh heirloom tomatoes @whiteonrice
Every once in a while two cravings collide and something magical happens. Sometimes it all ends up being one big, tasteless mess and easily forgotten dish. But on occasion, these random food ideas can marry into a lovely dish that we’ll make over and over. So a few weeks ago we were craving a baked tomato dish and aside from our tomato tarts that we love making, the idea of combining a crisp and tomato popped up like a light bulb. We’re introducing, our tomato crisp recipe. It has everything that we love about summer: vine ripened heirloom tomatoes + crisp topping + baked in the oven = perfect savory crisp dish. The math says it all.

If you’re already a fan of fruit crisps (raise your hands high!) and heirloom tomatoes, then combining these two isn’t too far fetched of a culinary idea. Really, the idea of a savory tomato crisp is quite delicious. The juicy, baked tomatoes are essentially and botanically speaking, a fruit anyways. So all you’re really changing is the flavor from a sweet stonefruit or berry profile to a lovely tomato-y sweet flavor.

Watch the video making the amazingly delicious tomato crisp:

Savory tomato crisp recipe with fresh heirloom tomatoes recipe @whiteonrice

Savory tomato crisp recipe with fresh heirloom tomatoes recipe @whiteonrice

Consider this tomato crisp the perfect side dish to a grilled meat dish or a pairing to a nice vegetarian salad. Either way, the textures of the crisp oats and juicy tomatoes underneath add to the essential flavors and colors of Summer. It can’t be beat.

And these lovely tomatoes we’re making them with? They’re chocolate stripe heirloom tomatoes and aren’t they a beauty to behold? These chocolate stripes actually did extremely well in the garden, giving off at least 3 dozen medium to large sized fruit. The colors and striping are very striking and the sweet flavors make this at the top of our heirloom tomato list. It’s definitely going to be on the list for next year because they’re the plant that kept on giving.

Happy Summer!

Savory tomato crisp recipe with fresh heirloom tomatoes recipe @whiteonrice

Warm out of the oven, this tomato crisp has crunchy oat texture

Savory tomato crisp recipe with fresh heirloom tomatoes recipe @whiteonrice

give yourself a big scoop 

Savory tomato crisp recipe with fresh heirloom tomatoes recipe @whiteonrice

This tomato crisp recipe was originally published 2013 and re-published in 2018 with a new video.

5 from 1 vote
Tomato Crisp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

For this tomato crisp, you can either cut the tomatoes into wedges or into slices. The wedges will give you a heartier bite of tomato when eating, and the slices can a be a pretty presentation. 

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 276 kcal
  • 2 pounds ripe Tomatoes , cut into wedges or sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • Kosher Salt or Sea Salt
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper , to taste
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 2 Tablespoons finely minced Italian Parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves , optional
  • 1 Tablespoon minced or crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted Butter , cut into ½-inch pieces (1 stick)
  • ½ cup old-fashioned Oats
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190° C). Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Put the cut tomatoes into the prepared baking dish. Toss with the cornstarch and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the flour, cheese, parsley, optional thyme leaves, garlic, brown sugar and teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl. Mix together well.

  4. Pinch the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand (or cut it into the flour mix with a pastry cutter). Work in the oats with your fingers until evenly distributed.
  5. Spread the crisp topping over the tomatoes. Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Kat

    I return to this recipe over and over! Always so delicious and a crowd favorite. Thank you

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Kat! That’s awesome you’re enjoying the recipe! We love it too.

  2. Magda

    Made it, love it! I did add some smoked fish on the top and it tasted lovely!

  3. Melisa

    Made this for a wknd brunch. It was fabulous. I did add fresh basil strips to the tomato mixture. It was a huge hit with everyone. I think I got 1 bite! Will be made again for sure!

  4. Joanne - Inspired Taste

    This is genius. We’ve got lots of tomatoes ready to eat in the garden, so this is just perfect for using some of them up. Just beautiful!

  5. Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    Love the sound of a savoury tomato crisp!

  6. Meena

    OMG! This is such a genius idea. I love fruit crisps and this is a great way to make a savoury one. I’m always looking for baked sides to have along with chicken or pasta and this is perfect- plus it’s easy and can work so well when you have guests over!! And the oat topping makes it much healthier, too! I chanced upon your blog via Instagram and am so glad I did! It is just gorgeous 😀

  7. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Wow, I love this! Such a creative idea. I’m thinking I would add some basil to the mix.

  8. Rachel@theFromagette

    Major yum. This is just the recipe I was longing for – I’m making it for a dinner party tomorrow night. The only thing I plan to change up is I will use white whole wheat flour – I’m trying to stay away from regular white flour. Thanks so much!!

  9. dervla @ The Curator

    oh my gosh this looks amazing. I never would have thought tomatoes would work as part of a crisp, but clearly they do!

  10. Cash

    Looks delicious and reminds me of a tomato cobbler.

  11. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Not only is this gorgeous, it looks totally delectable. And savory. And I think I could even eat the leftovers spooned over pasta or rice or-that is if there are any leftovers!

  12. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    Those tomatoes are almost too pretty to eat!

  13. Ash- foodfashionparty

    Wow, this looks so perfect and a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Putputt

    Oooh, the perfect accompaniment to Sunday brunch. Thank you for a great recipe!

  15. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    I love this idea and it seems like a great brunch item. Heirlooms are fantastic right now and I picked some up recently at the farmers market for a post…

  16. Megan - The Gluten Free Vegan

    Oh those tomatoes are just gorgeous! I love the idea of a savory crisp. Sort of kicking myself for not thinking of that myself! 😉 I’ll be making a gluten-free and vegan version of this once my tomatoes ripen. Thanks again for such a beautiful recipe.

  17. Kasha @ The FarmGirl Cooks

    What a great idea! We are giving away a bunch of heirloom tomatoes to our CSA members this week – I will share this recipe!

    Thanks so much 😀

  18. Diana@My Humble Kitchen

    This looks delightful. I can’t wait until my tomatoes fully ripen. I’m pinning this for sure!

  19. Tieghan

    This is stunning and the perfect summer meal!

  20. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    Wow, this is such a spectacular idea! I have never seen a tomato crisp but it sounds brilliant. It’s going on the list.

  21. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This sounds like the perfect recipe for summer tomatoes. LOVE it!

  22. Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg

    This looks wonderful! What a great idea.

  23. Daedre

    This sounds amazing! Are you sure those are chocolate stripe tomatoes? I’ve grown them before and they were red with green/brown stripes, rather than red and yellow striped. If you Google “Chocolate Stripe Tomato” you’ll see what I mean.

  24. Jasline @ Foodie Baker

    This looks simply amazing and delicious!

  25. I love fruit crisps. You made me very curious about the version with tomatoes. I must also write that tomatoes from your pictures look amazing!

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