How to Reconstitute Sun Dried Tomatoes

by Sommer Leigh ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Bowl
  • Stock or wine

There's more than one way to reconstitute sun-dried tomatoes. These dried tomatoes, usually dried at the peak of ripeness, reconstitute into as much as four times the size as the dried amount. Reconstituting dried tomatoes must include some kind of moisture to restore the moisture in the tomatoes. But there are a few different liquid options you can use; all produce soft, pliable tomatoes.

With Liquids

Step 1

Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl.

Step 2

Add enough liquid to completely cover the tomatoes. Choose from liquid options, such as warm water, any flavor of stock or wine.

Step 3

Allow the mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes and for up to two hours. Start checking the tomatoes after 30 minutes since reconstituting times can vary by tomato size; some are ready within 30 minutes, while others take up to two hours to completely reconstitute.

Step 4

Remove one tomato from the bowl and feel its texture. It should feel soft, with no dried parts left.

Step 5

Drain the liquid from the tomatoes. Use the tomatoes in your recipes as directed.

Adding to Soups or Stews

Step 1

Cook your soup or stew recipe as directed.

Step 2

Wait until the last 20 to 30 minutes of cooking time.

Step 3

Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the pot to finish cooking. By the time the soup or stew is done, the tomatoes should have a soft texture.


  • Store sun-dried tomatoes in the freezer or refrigerator.

    Add the soaking water to your recipes instead of throwing it away.

    Place the bowl in the refrigerator if you are soaking the tomatoes for more than two hours.

About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.