Spiced sweet tomatoes

Spiced sweet tomatoes

Taste of Australia
5 mins
Cooking time
16 mins
Stuart Scott

Although mostly used as a vegetable, tomatoes work really well as a fruit, which is indeed what they are. These flavours make for an unusual and stunning dessert. It’s an evolution of a recipe I developed for a previous book, but I used strawberries, which Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries in Port Macquarie grow.


Quantity Ingredient
4 ripe but firm tomatoes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
thick greek-style yoghurt, to serve


Quantity Ingredient
165g strawberries, washed, hulled and finely diced
6 mint leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon grated orange zest


Quantity Ingredient
190ml orange juice
145g caster sugar
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cloves
2 star anise


  1. To make the syrup, place all the ingredients in a large saucepan or medium frying pan with high sides (big enough to hold the four tomatoes) and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut a slice from the stalk end of each tomato and discard. Scoop out the tomato pulp and discard, leaving the tomato shell. Combine the filling ingredients and stuff each tomato with it.
  3. Place the tomatoes in the saucepan with the syrup and cook over medium–high heat for 10 minutes, basting frequently. When the tomatoes are candied, drizzle them with the lemon juice and cook for a further minute. Remove with a slotted spoon. Serve warm or cold, topped with orange zest from the syrup and yoghurt.


  • Semillon has a natural affinity with tomatoes and, as this is sweet, a botrytised semillon would be perfect.

Lyndey’s note

  • If desired, when the tomatoes are cooked, remove them from the saucepan with a slotted spoon, increase the heat and reduce the syrup until thick before drizzling over the tomatoes to serve.
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