Semi-confit tomatoes (and amazing olive oil)

At the moment I am going through making some pantry items and having a tomatoe-y week! Posted Sun-blushed tomatoes the other day and today semi-confit ones. I also ended up with the most tasty olive oil ever!

Apparently, semi – confit tomatoes are part of ‘basics’ in the kitchen. Yet this was my first time making it and now I get why basics: so easy and so versatile. You can add them to pasta dishes, salads, on toast , use them as side dish, or use them as tapas!

Basil, Parmesan, and semi confit-tomaotes equals a tasty- quick-supper! The tomatoes will bleed their lovely juice as you press the fork down on them! Oh! You will like

Here is the recipe from Michel Roux:


  • 1 litre light olive oil
  • 1 kg cherry tomatoes
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled and halved
  • 15g white peppercorn, coarsely crushed- I used whole black peppercorn instead



1. Warm up the olive oil in a saucepan and add the whole cherry tomatoes, thyme , bay leaf, garlic and peppercorns

oiyoufood2. gently ( on low heat) warm up/cook tomatoes for 5-10 mins; the riper and smaller the tomatoes the less time they will take to confit.Make sure they still hold their shape, you don’t want many cracked skins.

3. Leave them to cool in the pan, then transfer to a jar or bowl and pour over the oil. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Make sure to season them with salt and pepper before use!

  • Semi-confit tomatoes will keep well in their oil for at least 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
The remaining oil:
You can use the oil for salad dressing , or pasta dishes. It will have a great (almost bolognese-y flavour at this point) – Sometime we just spread some of the oil on a toast and and eat it…don’t judge us! it is amazingly tasty! (Plus its healthier than butter or cheese)
Thanks for looking and come back soon!
This entry was published on July 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm. It’s filed under All the Recipes jumbled up!, PANTRY ITEMS, VEGETARIAN and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “Semi-confit tomatoes (and amazing olive oil)

  1. Food Forays on said:

    I do a lot with semi-confit tomatoes as well! Love this post! Your blog is fantastic my friend!

  2. oiyoufood on said:

    Oh thanks Tami, I think ‘fantastic’ is a big word for my blog though! 😉

  3. Nothing wrong with lots of tomatoes!! Looks so yummy and refreshing.

  4. oiyoufood on said:

    Nothing is ever too tomatoe-y!! 😉

  5. Sounds delicious – I’ll have to try it! =D

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