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How To Thaw Frozen Cherry Tomatoes In The Microwave

Only use this method if you plan on using defrosted cherry tomatoes right away in a recipe.
Important: Don't use this method for cherry tomatoes frozen in Mason Jars. Glass cracks when it's subjected to rapid changes in temperature. Always defrost Mason Jars in the fridge.
Prep Time 5 mins
Defrost Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins


  • A microwave-safe plate (for individually-frozen tomatoes)
  • Paper towel (for individually-frozen tomatoes)
  • Microwave-safe bowl (for roasted tomatoes)
  • Microwave-safe cover OR waxed paper (for roasted tomatoes)


Steps For Individually Flash-Frozen Cherry Tomatoes

  • Place a sheet of paper towel on a microwavable plate.
  • Spread out 1 cup (or less) of cherry tomatoes on the paper towel. Leave space between the tomatoes.
  • Microwave the cherry tomatoes for 15 seconds on 100% power.
  • Try a tomato—if it's still frozen, microwave for 5 to 10 seconds on 100% power and try another tomato. They should still have a little frost on them (if not, it's not the end of the world.)

Steps For Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

  • Remove the airtight container or freezer bag from the freezer. Run the container or freezer bag under warm/hot water for 1 -2 minutes to loosen the roasted cherry tomatoes.
  • Empty the container(s) or freezer bag(s) into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with waxed paper or a microwave-safe top and put it in the microwave.
  • Microwave the roasted tomatoes at 50% power for 3 minutes.
  • Take the roasted cherry tomatoes out of the microwave and stir them.
  • Microwave the roasted tomatoes again at 100% power for 30 seconds, then stir them. The tomatoes should be defrosted now. If not, put them into the microwave again for 30 seconds at 100% power until it has defrosted.
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