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3 September 2019

Roasting tomatillos is easy and ideal for making sauces, salsas, and more. Learn how to roast them in the oven and broiler.

Roasting tomatillos for salsas or sauces is very simple. Roasting is important to encourage the full flavor of the tomatillos.

The easiest way is to roast your tomatillos under a broiler or in the oven. It doesn’t take long at all.

You’ll need a good dozen or so tomatillos along with some spray oil, and that’s pretty much it. I like to roast peppers and onions and other ingredients when roasting tomatillos, but you don’t have to.

Ingredients for making tomatillo sauce

How to Roast Tomatillos in the Broiler

  1. First, preheat your oven to broil.
  2. Next, peel off the outer brown skin that wraps the tomatillos and discard. Rinse the tomatillos.
  3. Slice the tomatillos in half through the horizontal center (not up and down) and arrange on a large baking dish with the skin sides up. Spray or brush lightly with oil.
  4. Bake about 12 minutes until skin side is blistering.
  5. Lastly, remove and cool before using.

NOTE: The tomatillos will be very soft at this point.

Tomatillos, sliced and ready to roast

Roasted tomatillos on a pan

How to Roast Tomatillos in the Oven

If you prefer to bake instead of broil, preheat oven to 400 degrees F, then bake about 20 minutes. Then proceed. They will not char, but they will be just as good.

Here are the steps:

  1. First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Next, peel off the outer brown skin that wraps the tomatillos and discard. Rinse the tomatillos.
  3. Slice the tomatillos in half through the horizontal center (not up and down) and arrange on a large baking dish with the skin sides up. Spray or brush lightly with oil.
  4. Bake about 20 minutes until skin side is blistering and the tomatillos are nice and soft.
  5. Lastly, remove and cool before using.

Enjoy your roasted tomatillos!

What should you make with your roasted tomatillos?

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

How to Roast Tomatillos - RECIPE
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How to Roast Tomatillos

Roasting tomatillos is easy and ideal for making sauces, salsas, and more. Learn how to roast them in the oven and broiler.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: tomatillos
Servings: 12 tomatillos

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 12 tomatillos
  • Olive oil or spray oil

Instructions

HOW TO ROAST TOMATILLOS IN THE BROILER

  • First, preheat your oven to broil.
  • Next, peel off the outer brown skin that wraps the tomatillos and discard. Rinse the tomatillos.
  • Slice the tomatillos in half through the horizontal center (not up and down) and arrange on a large baking dish with the skin sides up. Spray lightly with oil.
  • Bake about 12 minutes until skin side is blistering.
  • Lastly, remove and cool before using.

HOW TO ROAST TOMATILLOS IN THE OVEN

  • First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Next, peel off the outer brown skin that wraps the tomatillos and discard. Rinse the tomatillos.
  • Slice the tomatillos in half through the horizontal center (not up and down) and arrange on a large baking dish with the skin sides up. Spray lightly with oil.
  • Bake about 20 minutes until skin side is blistering and the tomatillos are nice and soft.
  • Lastly, remove and cool before using.

Video

Notes

NOTE: The tomatillos will be very soft at this point.

 

NOTE: This post was updated on 3/30/20 to include a video and new information. It was originally published on April 6, 2014.

 
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