How to Slice a Tomato

This week for Kitchen Basics 101 we will learn how to slice a tomato.
Choosing the proper knife to slice a tomato is very important.  
The flesh of the tomato is very delicate and using the wrong knife will give you crushed pieces of tomato instead of beautiful slices.  Always use a serrated knife. 
Remove the stem. Using a small paring knife, with a slight angle cut a hole around the area where the stem was and remove the core of the tomato.   If you want, now is the time to scoop out the seeds. You can do this with either your fingers or using a small spoon.  Holding the tomato securely, with the top and the bottom of the tomato going sideways (horizontal) start slicing with the serrated knife. I always start at the bottom of the tomato and work my way to the top, but it really doesn’t matter which side you start on.
Now you’re ready to enjoy the tomato slices on top of a sandwich or in a fresh salad.
 Do you have a special way that  helps you slice your tomatoes easier? Leave me a comment and tell me about it.


  1. says

    I have the hardest time slicing tomatoes. I seem to only have luck if I sharpen my knife right before I slice them.

    It never occurred to me though to use a paring knife to remove the stem and then scoop out the seeds. I really don’t like the seeds, so that is a great tip!

    Found you through The Wednesday Roundup.

  2. says

    I am so glad you posted this. I am not a lover of tomatoes, so I think I butcher them when I need them for a recipe! Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! Pinned!

  3. says

    A good knife is always important in the kitchen. I often wonder about chefs on TV slicing tomatoes with Chef knives. Obviously I need to get mine sharpened, since it’s a disaster unless I use a serrated knife, LOL. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  4. says

    G’day from Oz! Many thanks for linking up to the Say G’Day Saturday link up and sharing this great post.

    Hope you can pop by and say g’day again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz


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