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Pan-Roasted Tomatoes with Quick Balsamic Jam

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound heirloom cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup diced red onion (1/4-inch dice) 

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 

1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar 

1 tablespoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon 

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil 


  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until smoking. Add the tomatoes to the dry pan and cook, turning a few times, until charred on all sides but still holding their shape, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onions and then immediately pour in the vinegar. Stir in the confectioners' sugar until dissolved. Cook, stirring often, until the onions soften and the vinegar thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. (The onions should retain some bite; the vinegar should be reduced and be slightly syrupy.) Pour into a serving bowl, making sure to scrape out all the contents of the skillet. Season with the flaky sea salt and drizzle olive oil over the top. Garnish with the basil.