Substitute for Sun-Dried Tomatoes (16 Easy Savory Options)

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If you need a substitute for sun-dried tomatoes, there are several easy options you can consider depending on the dish you’re preparing.

Our substitutes will work in different recipes and many of them you have in your fridge and pantry!

A bowl of sun dried tomatoes on top of a wooden cutting board

Sun-Dried Tomato Substitute

Here are 16 substitutes for sun-dried tomatoes:

Assorted ripe tomatoes on parchment paper.
  1. Fresh Tomatoes: Use ripe tomatoes, preferably Roma or plum tomatoes, and roast or slow-cook them to achieve a similar concentrated flavor. You can sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and herbs before roasting.
  2. Canned Tomatoes: Canned diced or crushed tomatoes can be a convenient replacement. Drain them well and use the tomato pieces in your recipe.
A plate of roasted red peppers.
  1. Roasted Red Bell Peppers: Roasted red bell peppers are a popular choice. They have a sweet, smoky flavor and a tender texture that can work well in various recipes, such as pasta dishes, sandwiches, and salads.
  2. Tomato Paste: Tomato paste is highly concentrated and can impart a rich tomato flavor to your dishes.
A sheet pan of roasted cherry tomatoes.
  1. Fresh Cherry Tomatoes Slow-Roasted: Slow-roast cherry tomatoes in the oven until they become slightly dried and concentrated in flavor. This method can mimic the sweetness of sun-dried tomatoes.
  2. Cherry Tomatoes: Halved or quartered cherry tomatoes can add a burst of fresh tomato flavor to salads, pasta, and other dishes.
Jars of homemade tomato sauce.
  1. Tomato Puree: In recipes where the texture of sun-dried tomatoes isn’t crucial, you can use tomato puree or tomato sauce to add a tomato flavor base.
  2. Oven-Dried Tomatoes: Slice fresh tomatoes thinly, sprinkle them with salt, and dry them in a low-temperature oven until they become semi-dried.
Roasted beets and roasted garlic.
  1. Roasted Garlic: Roasted garlic has a milder and sweeter flavor compared to raw garlic. It can be mashed and added to dressings, spreads, or as a topping for pizza and bread.
  2. Roasted Beets: Roasted beets have a sweet and earthy taste. While not an exact flavor match for sun-dried tomatoes, they can add a unique element to salads, sandwiches, or winter salads.
Roasted carrots on a baking sheet.
  1. Roasted Carrots: Roasted carrots have a sweet and caramelized flavor. They can be used in various recipes, including dips, pasta, and salad.
  2. Tomato Confit: Make a tomato confit by slow-cooking fresh tomatoes in olive oil with garlic and herbs until they become tender and intensely flavored.
Roasted asparagus with lemon slices on a baking sheet.
  1. Roasted Asparagus: Roasted asparagus offers a fresh, slightly nutty flavor and a tender yet crispy texture. It can be a delightful addition to pasta, grain dishes, or as a side vegetable.
  2. Roasted Zucchini: Roasted zucchini has a mild, earthy flavor and a tender texture. It’s a good choice for pasta dishes, grain bowls, or as a pizza topping.
  1. Roasted Onions: Roasted onions have a sweet and caramelized flavor. They can be used in a wide range of dishes, from soups and stews to sandwiches and hearty salads.
  2. Roasted Mushrooms: Roasted mushrooms provide a savory, umami-rich flavor and a meaty texture. They can be a suitable substitute in recipes like pasta sauces, risotto, and sandwiches.

Remember to adjust the quantity and preparation method based on the specific recipe you’re working on, as the intensity and texture of sun-dried tomatoes can vary from dish to dish.

Roasted vegetables are the easiest substitute depending on your specific recipe and desired flavor profile. Each vegetable brings its own unique character to your dishes.

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

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