Prep Time  5minutes
Total Time  5mins

How to Deseed a Tomato

I use tomatoes in a lot of my cooking, and much of the time, I simply chop ‘em up and throw them in.  However, there are times when my recipe works best without the tomato seeds.  So I do a bit more work to remove the seeds from the tomatoes. 

I don’t think it’s ever “bad”, or a complete “no-no” to leave the seeds in, but sometimes I’m looking for a more refined look and it’s worth the additional minute to remove them.  I may also want to remove the seeds to get rid of some of the water in the tomato.  The seeds sit in little compartments that hold more water content than the rest of the tomato, and by squeezing them out, you can remove that water, and thus more easily concentrate the flavor of the tomato.

Here is a quick cooking video showing you how I deseed a tomato.  It’s very simple to do, and just takes a few extra seconds on each tomato.

The steps to deseed a tomato:

  • Slice off the top and bottom of the tomato
  • Slice the tomato in half from top to bottom
  • Make  a “V” cut that takes out the center of each half.  You’re removing the woodiest part of the tomato, right along the line of the stem
  • Run your finger through the exposed seed chambers to push out the seeds and toss them away

Now you’ve got your deseed tomato.  Enjoy!!

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