Use These Tomato Recipe Equivalents in Cooking

This handy chart shows tomato recipe equivalents for both fresh and canned tomatoes and answers the question, “How many tomatoes do I need for this recipe?”

Measuring can be tricky. Knowing how many fresh tomatoes to use can mean the difference between wasting tomatoes and not using enough – or between a successful dish and a flop.

Fresh tomato equivalents by approximate weight

1 small tomato 3-4 ounces
1 medium tomato 5-6 ounces
1 large tomato 7+ ounces
1 cherry tomato ½ - 2 ounces
1 pound fresh tomatoes 4 small tomatoes
3 medium tomatoes
2 large tomatoes
15-20 cherry tomatoes

Fresh tomato equivalents by cup measure

2 ½ pounds fresh tomatoes 3 cups chopped, drained fresh tomatoes
2 ½ pounds fresh tomatoes 2 ½ cups seeded, chopped cooked tomatoes
1 pound fresh tomatoes 3 cups pureed tomatoes
25 to 30 cherry tomatoes 2 cups chopped tomatoes

Canned tomato equivalents by weight and cup measure

1 (16-ounce) can 2 cups undrained tomatoes
1 cup drained tomatoes
1 (28-ounce) can 3 cups undrained tomatoes
2 -2 ½ cups drained tomatoes
1 (35-ounce) can 4 cups undrained tomatoes
2 ½ -3 cups drained tomatoes

Other tomato product equivalents

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste ½ cup

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