How to Cook Tomatillos. Boil Tomatillos Guide

If you’re wondering how to cook tomatillos then you’re in the right place. The delicious tomato like food is great as a side dish and very easy to make.

Tomatillos are a green tomato-like fruit that is commonly used in Mexican cooking.

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The tomatillo plant has unusual, delicate foliage and produces green fruits encased inside paper-like husks.

Tomatillos have a tangy flavour, making them perfect for salsa verde or any other dish where you want to add some kick!

In this blog post, we will go through how to cook tomatillos step by step.

How to cook tomatillos?

The best way to cook tomatillos is to boil them. Below is a simple guide on how to boil tomatillos

Step 1: Add them to a pot with water. Boil until soft (about 20 minutes).

Step 2: Remove the skin and seeds. Dice tomatillos.

Step 3: Add salt and lime juice. Enjoy!


– 4 tomatillos (the green husks removed)

– 2 cloves garlic (chopped)

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– Salt

– Lime juice

How to broil tomatillos

how to cook tomatillos

If you prefer to grill or broil your tomatillos here are the simple instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven and set it to broil. Making sure the top tray is about 6 inch below the broil heater
  2. Place your cut tomatillos on baking paper and on the try
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and broil for about 5 minutes or until the tomatillos are soft.
  4. Now flip them over and broil for another 5 minutes or until soft on the other side

How to roast tomatillos

Some people love to roast food, and if you’re one of them, here’s how you roast tomatillos to perfection.

  1. Start by pre heating your oven to 400F
  2. Place your tomatillos after they are cut and washed on a baking paper and drizzle some olive oil.
  3. Bake for about 60 minutes with occasional tossing.

How to fry ( sauté ) tomatillos

Some people prefer to quickly fry their food. Here is how you quickly sauté tomatillos:

  1. Slice your tomatillos to small pieces and wash them.
  2. In your skillet heat up olive oil or butter
  3. Throw your tomatillos inside and fry them until tender for about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and your favorite seasoning

What is a tomatillo

how to cook tomatillos

A tomatillo is a green, yellow, or purple fruit found in various parts of the world. They are oval-shaped and covered with a protective leaf called a husk.

Tomatillos can be cooked by tossing them together with water and simmering them until they are soft enough for your liking (about 20 minutes).

Once you’ve eaten the tomatillos, you must cook them for a shorter amount of time, so they don’t turn into a sour mushy mess. If you cook the tomatillos for too long, their skin will burst and release their flesh.

Most people also enjoy cooking tomatillos with salt and lime juice to provide them with some more flavour.

Here are some tips and advice on cooking tomatillos

Is it better to roast or boil tomatillos?

Roasting tomatillos is a popular way to prepare them. You can boil the tomatillos, but they won’t be as soft and will likely need to cook longer than 20 minutes.

How do you know when a tomatillo is ripe?

Tomatillos should feel slightly soft when you press on them. They should smell fragrant but should not smell like vinegar. If they’re starting to rot, they’ll have a sour smell.

How do you store tomatillos long term?

Though it is possible to store tomatillos in the fridge, they will turn quite sour and inedible. It is best to keep them frozen or sealed at room temperature.

If you want to keep them for a long time, you can store them at a low temperature.

How many calories are in one tomatillo?

One medium-sized tomatillo has only 18 calories in it.


Tomatillos are generally cooked by boiling them in water or simmering them with other ingredients. They can be used as a substitute for tomatoes to give dishes a different flavour profile and colour.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cooking Tomatillos

Here are some popular questions about cooking tomatillos

Do tomatillos need to be cooked?

Fresh tomatillos have a distinctive flavour that is tangy, bright, and almost lemony. They are more often consumed cooked, although they may also be prepared raw.

The tomatillos retain their tart flavour when cooked. When tomatillos are roasted, they become somewhat sweeter and lose some of their tartness.

Can tomatillo be eaten raw?

Yes, tomatillos can be eaten raw. They are also used for sauces and salsas.

Are tomatillos hot?

Tomatillos are delicious and can be used in several Mexican dishes like salsa and guacamole. Some people might wonder if there’s anything with them that can make their mouths feel hot or tingly.

The heat of tomatillos is not something you’ll notice at the taste, but it will give an overall sensation to your mouth afterwards with a lingering sourness.

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For many years, I was a vegetarian and relied on recipes that were full of vegetables to keep my meals interesting. As I’ve begun eating meat again, my love for cooking hasn’t changed one bit! It is my hope that you find inspiration and tasty recipes to keep your meals full of flavour!

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