Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic - The Southern Lady Cooks

Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic holds so many special memories. My grandmother made tomato aspic for many occasions and many have a love hate relationship with this classic dish. You either love it or you hate it. Personally Leigh and I love it but our Mom was never a fan! The combination of tomato mixed with onion, spices all in a gelation mold and then served with mayonnaise is just such a unique idea. My grandmother always served it on cute little dishes and it was a treat.

Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic Ingredients Needed:


Vegetable or Tomato Juice



Lemon Juice

Worcestershire Sauce




Bibb Lettuce for display

You can use tomato juice or vegetable juice like V8. We used tomato juice and it was like taking a walk back in time. I haven’t had this dish since I was a kid and it was such a wonderful reminder of all the times my grandmother made it. She loved to serve this at her luncheons and it’s just a beautiful dish! It’s wonderful with shrimp salad or ham salad and really completes a summer meal.

If you have followed our website for any amount of time you know we love these old fashioned dishes. You may also love these Classic Cheese Straws. They are always a hit too!

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Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic - The Southern Lady Cooks

Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic

Judy Yeager
This old fashioned tomato aspic is a classic recipe your family will enjoy.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup of room temperature water
  • 2 packs/envelopes of gelatin I used knox brand
  • 3 cups of vegetable juice like V8 or tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup of onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper


  • Combine gelatin in room temperature water, mix well and let sit.
  • On stove top, add remaining ingredients into a pot and bring to a simmer. Let simmer about 15 minutes and add gelatin mixture.
  • Stir to make sure all gelatin is dissolved.
  • Spray a 5 cup mold with non stick spray. Let mixture cool down some and pour into mold.
  • Chill in refrigerator for 4-6 hours or until aspic has set.
  • We top with Dukes mayonnaise
Keyword Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic
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  1. Gerald Martin says:

    This is the fourth time I have made aspic from this recipe, and each time it was excellent.
    The last time, I added an ingredient. In addition to the celery and onion, I added a half cup of minced black olives. We all liked it.5 stars

    1. It’s good with green olives too5 stars

  2. This is the best recipe for tomato aspic. Exactly how my mother in law made it. It’s definitely a traditional food.5 stars

  3. For tomato aspic do you mean two envelopes of gelatin? The recipe calls for two packets-not sure if that means envelopes.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You are correct, two envelopes.

  4. When I was in college, one of my sorority’s older advisors would have groups of us over for dinner at her house sometimes. She was the quintessential southern lady, and we loved going to her house for dinner. It was usually pretty formal, with her table decorated beautifully with china and silver. She always served tomato aspic, and to this day I think of Miss Betty whenever I see a recipe or reference to it. Thank you for an unexpected trip down Memory Lane : )

    P.S. I’ve never made it myself, but your recipe might just nudge me to give it a try!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Those are wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing.