The Best Ever Golden Tomato Mozzarella Toast

Imagine the sensation of biting into a slice of warm, crunchy toast topped with a perfect combination of juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes and melted mozzarella. That’s the delicious experience I’m inviting you to enjoy with my Tomato Mozzarella Toast recipe.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through every step, ensuring you achieve that perfect balance of flavors and textures. It’s a simple yet scrumptious dish that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or snack.

Tomato Mozzarella Toast on white plate

I’ve also included some tips for selecting the best ingredients because I believe that great cooking involves quality foods.

For more delicious toast recipes, check out my Banana French Toast and my version of Avocado Toast.

Let’s get started and create some mouth-watering toasts together.

Gather Your Ingredients

Let’s start by gathering our ingredients. We will need fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and high-quality fresh mozzarella cheese at hand.

The tomato mozzarella toast thrives on the freshness of its core elements. Bright, juicy cherry tomatoes impart a sweet tang, a vibrant counterpoint to the creamy, delicate fresh mozzarella. Basil leaves, torn just before use, offer a peppery, aromatic touch.

Let’s not forget the bread! Try to seek out a crusty baguette or a loaf of Japanese milk bread for your base. Their toasty, golden slices will be the canvas for our culinary masterpiece.

Ingredients for Tomato Mozzarella Toast

Prepare the Mozzarella and Tomatoes

Once we’ve gathered all our ingredients, I’ll guide you through the process of prepping the mozzarella and tomatoes.

We want thin, even slices of our stars for the perfect balance in every bite of our mozzarella toasts. Hold the tomato firmly but gently, and with a sharp knife, slice thick slices. The sweet, ripe tomatoes will be a burst of flavor on our toast.

Now, for the mozzarella. If you have baby mozzarella, simply tear it apart. If you’re using a larger ball, we’ll need it in thick slices, just like our tomatoes. You can also use pre-sliced mozzarella from the store.

Differents tipes of Mozzarella

How to make Tomato Mozzarella Toast in the oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Slice tomatoes and mozzarella, and tear basil leaves. Assemble these on your choice of bread, creating a layer of tomatoes topped with mozzarella and basil. Wrap the toast in aluminum foil to seal in flavors.

Bake on a tray for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts and the bread crisps to your liking. Unwrap and enjoy your warm, aromatic Tomato Mozzarella Toast, perfect as a simple yet indulgent meal. Also, check out my guide on Making Toast In The Oven.

Tomato Mozzarella Toast in cling film

Storage and Leftovers

Let’s talk about how to handle any potential leftovers from your Tomato Mozzarella Toast.

As much as I love simple, savory dishes, this one is best enjoyed fresh. Every summer, I savor the flavor of sweet tomatoes combined with mozzarella and a drizzle of virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

If you find yourself with leftover tomatoes, they can be stored in the fridge for a day or two, ready for another creation. However, assembled toast won’t keep well and may lose its delightful crunch.

Tomato Mozzarella Toast on white plate close up.

Recipe Variations

Innovation is key in cooking, so I will share some creative twists you can add to your Tomato Mozzarella Toast.

  • Dip your assembled toast in beaten egg yolk and pan-fry until golden. This method adds a rich, custardy layer to your toast.
  • You can also add arugula for extra greens and a peppery punch.
  • If you’re an olive lover like me, throw in some for a distinct Mediterranean flair.
  • Smashed avocado is another great addition, lending a creamy texture and healthy fats.
  • Add grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, or caramelized onions for extra depth.
  • Play around with goat cheese or feta for a unique twist.
  • Switch it up with with rustic-style bread, such as sourdough or whole-grain bread to add flavor and texture. You can opt for Italian bread, too.
  • A drizzle of balsamic glaze before serving adds a sweet, tangy contrast.

Get creative, and enjoy the endless possibilities!

Tomato Mozzarella Toast

Pairings for Tomato Mozzarella Toast

Tomato Mozzarella Toast pairs well with other dishes to create a complete, satisfying meal.

As a vegetarian dish, pair them with a simple cucumber onion salad or a Corn Salad for a light lunch, or serve them as an appetizer for your next dinner party. For meat lovers, feel free to pair it with a chicken or beef dish.

This warm, crispy slice of bread topped with juicy tomatoes, melty mozzarella, and fresh chopped basil pairs perfectly with a cold, refreshing iced coffee or tangy lemonade.

I’d love to hear your creative pairings and modifications, so leave a comment, and let’s make this an interactive culinary journey.


Does Fresh Mozzarella Melt in the Oven?

Yes, fresh mozzarella does melt in the oven. It turns wonderfully gooey and slightly golden, enhancing the flavor of any dish. It’s a go-to ingredient for me when I want a creamy, melty texture.

How Do You Melt Mozzarella Cheese?

I usually melt mozzarella by placing it on bread and broiling it. After a few minutes, add your toppings, then broil for an additional minute or two. It’s a simple, quick way to enjoy melted mozzarella.

Can I use gluten-free bread for this recipe?

Absolutely! Any bread can be used for this recipe, even gluten-free bread.

Breakfast Tomato Mozzarella Toast

Deliciouse Pesto Mozzarella Toasts

Tomato Mozzarella Toast offers an exquisite fusion of juicy, ripe tomatoes and silky mozzarella on a backdrop of crisp, golden toast. Enhanced with aromatic basil, a dash of paprika, and a sprinkle of pepper, this dish captivates with its perfect balance of flavors.
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 2
Calories 273 kcal


  • 4 slices of your preferred toast bread
  • 2-3 Tbsp pesto (adjust based on preference)
  • ½ cup Mozzarella cheese, finely sliced (or pre-sliced mozzarella), enough to cover 2 slices of bread
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste
  • 2 tsp butter, for frying
  • 1 egg yolk (opptional)


  • Spread a generous amount of pesto on one side of each bread slice. On two of the slices, layer the mozzarella cheese evenly to cover the pesto.
  • Add fresh basil leaves on top of the mozzarella, followed by the thinly sliced red pepper. A sprinkle of paprika adds an extra layer of flavor.
  • Place the remaining bread slices, pesto side down, on top of the prepared layers to form two sandwiches.
  • In a skillet, melt a teaspoon of butter over medium heat. Once hot, add the sandwiches. Press them down gently to ensure even contact with the skillet.
  • Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the bread is golden brown and the mozzarella has melted beautifully. Flip carefully to cook both sides evenly.
  • Optional: For an extra indulgent variation, before frying, dip each assembled sandwich into beaten egg yolk, ensuring a light coating. This adds a rich, savory dimension to it.
  • Remove the toasties from the skillet and let them rest for a brief moment on a cutting board. Then, slice each sandwich diagonally to create two halves.
  • Serve the warm and crispy Pesto Mozzarella Toasties immediately, and enjoy the delightful combination of melted cheese, aromatic basil, and the satisfying crunch of perfectly toasted bread.


Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 603mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 480IUCalcium: 275mgIron: 2mg
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