The Best Southern Tomato Pie: Delicious and Easy

July 15, 2020
The Best Southern Tomato Pie Recipe by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Hey, y’all! I posted this recipe on my Instagram story last week and… y’all. went. crazy. Tomato pie is a staple southern dish and is, in all honesty, one of my favorite things that I make. It’s perfect to make this time of year when you have garden-fresh tomatoes (the thought of tomato season coming to an end makes me sob, but let’s not talk about it). I’m excited to share the recipe with y’all today for The Best Southern Tomato Pie!

The Best Southern Tomato Pie

Originally published July 2020, updated August 2021.

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Do you use any shortcuts?

A shortcut that I take with this recipe is purchasing pre-baked pie crusts. You can certainly make your own, but I am of the opinion that it is not worth the time or the effort. You’ll want to purchase an already-baked crust because the pie will only be in the oven long enough to heat the pie + brown the topping.

Do I need to use garden fresh tomatoes?

This is definitely a summertime recipe. However, you can make it year-long. Just use the best tomatoes that you can find!

The Best Southern Tomato Pie Recipe by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

What Makes This The Best Version?

The differentiating factor between my tomato pie and other versions? Besides the addition of parmesan, the topping to my pie is a traditional pimento cheese. Try it and thank me later.

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The Best Southern Tomato Pie Recipe by JC Phelps of JCP Eats
The Best Southern Tomato Pie Recipe by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

The Recipe

The Best Southern Tomato Pie Recipe by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

The Best Southern Tomato Pie

JC Phelps
Not all tomato pies are created equal. You'll love this recipe for the Best Southern Tomato Pie. The secret? It's topped with pimento cheese!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course brunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 16 servings
Calories 366 kcal


  • 2 pre-baked pie crusts
  • 3-4 medium tomatoes sliced
  • 1 c Duke's Mayonnaise add slowly until desired consistency; can use more or less
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar
  • 8 oz monterey jack
  • 8 oz parmesan
  • 4 oz diced pimentos drained
  • 1/4 vidalia onion grated
  • dijon mustard for basting
  • minced onion to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • kosher salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • basil for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Slice tomatoes to desired thickness and lay them flat on a paper towel. Sprinkle with kosher salt and a little sugar; the salt will absorb moisture out of the tomatoes, while the sugar will cut the bitterness (it won’t make the pie sweet). Place a second paper towel on top of the tomatoes and leave them for 5-10 minutes. Carefully apply pressure to get rid of remaining juice out of tomatoes; be careful to not squish tomatoes with applied force.
  • In a large bowl, combine sharp cheddar, monterey jack, parmesan, mayonnaise, diced pimentos, freshly-grated vidalia onion, minced onion, and black pepper. Be conservative when using the mayonnaise — you can always add more to reach your desired consistency. Mix well.
  • Using a brush or a spoon, apply a thin layer of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard to the pie crust, completely covering.
  • Add a layer of tomatoes and top with pimento cheese mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and broil for 2-4 minutes; remove pie from oven when the top is perfectly browned.
  • Top with basil + enjoy!


Sodium: 583mgCalcium: 383mgVitamin C: 11mgVitamin A: 751IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 133mgCholesterol: 42mgCalories: 366kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 11gFat: 29gProtein: 14gCarbohydrates: 13gIron: 1mg
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  • Reply
    Marie Pullen
    July 15, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Nothing shouts summer like tomato sandwiches, corn on the cob & tomato pie!! Your recipe looks fabulous, I want to try it!

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    July 15, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Literally the most delicious looking savory pie I’ve ever seen.

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    Johnna Bolin
    July 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    This was AMAZING!!! My new fav!

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    October 18, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Looks delicious. What is pimento cheese that goes on top? Thank you

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    December 5, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Your pie looks delicious, BUT homemade crust is so ridiculously easy to make and is 100% worth the minimal amount of time and effort. Once someone talked me into making it, (because I too thought it wasn’t worth the time and effort) I could never use store bought again. Can’t wait to make this pie! Thanks so much!

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    June 27, 2021 at 11:49 am

    This was superb. A very fantastic recipe.

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    July 19, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Hello, I am making this today. If I want to freeze one of the pies is it best to freeze before or after baking?

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      August 8, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Hi, Sheila — great question! I’d freeze it after cooking, though the pie is definitely best enjoyed without freezing. Have a great week!

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    Diane Feeney
    October 7, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Since my husband has a big difference in his diet now due to a recent heart attack, wondering if I could use vegan cheese in place of full fat cheese and vegan Mayo. I realize I could use low fat cheese. If not, I would opt for the low fat cheese. The tomato pie looks delicious.

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      October 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      Diane, you can certainly use a cheese substitute. I often use low fat for this recipe myself!

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