How to Roast Red Peppers

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Today I thought I would share with you all a quick and practical post on how to roast red peppers, because I know they’re some of you out there that may not know how to. Roasting red peppers is super easy, and roasting them brings out their natural sweetness. The roasted red peppers that you buy at the market are good, but they really don’t hold a candle to red peppers that you roast at home in your oven. You can roast a few red peppers at a time for a particular recipe, or roast a bunch to use in various recipes throughout  the week.  I used roasted red peppers for soups, sandwiches, pizza sauces, in omelets or scrambled eggs and as a topping for pizza. There are truly so many uses for them.  Once you start roasting your own peppers you won’t go back to buying them.

I love using roasted red peppers in my roasted red pepper panini with cilantro-lime mayo. This panini is outstanding!

Roasted red pepper panini with cilantro lime mayo

I also love using the red peppers in this grilled cheese with roasted red peppers and avocado.

Grilled cheese with roasted red peppers and avocado

How to Roast Red Peppers:

  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – the oil is only needed if you are storing the roasted peppers and not using them in a recipe right away

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Wash the peppers and then cut them in half lengthwise.

Cut red peppers

Cut off the stem with a paring knife and scoop out all the seeds and membranes.  I use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds and membranes.

Scooping out red pepper seeds

Place the peppers cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with foil, use parchment paper, see my note below.

Update: I just learned this tidbit at natural chef school! Don’t use aluminum foil for cooking. Cooking your meat or veggies directly on aluminum foil leaches aluminum into your food, so it’s a big NO, NO!

Simple solution, use parchment paper instead!

Dont use tin foil to roast red peppers

Roast the peppers in the pre-heated 450 degree oven for about 25 minutes; or until the skins are completely wrinkled and the peppers are charred, rotating the sheet if necessary for them to cook evenly.  Below is what mine looked like after roasting for 25 minutes.

Roasted red peppers

Let the peppers cool for a minute or two, and then remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a bowl.

Cover the bowl with foil or a plate, and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Roasted red peppers in bowl

When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and discard them, dropping the peppers back into the bowl.

Peeling roasted red peppers

If you’re using the peppers up right away or later that night then you can just refrigerate them in a glass container with a lid till later that day.

peeled and roasted red peppers

If you’re making them ahead to use throughout the week, then put the peppers along with their juices into a glass container, pour the olive oil over the peppers, cover and refrigerate.  The peppers should last for a week to two weeks.  Honestly, they never make it past day 3 in my house.

I also love to roast red peppers for a snack. These roasted red peppers only take only 15 minutes to cook up, and taste like candy, per my teenagers, so try them. 

Roasted red peppers in sheet pan

Got some roasted red peppers?  Below are 3 great recipes that incorporate roasted red peppers.

Roasted red pepper and tomato soup.

Roasted red pepper and tomato soup

Roasted red pepper and arugula whole-wheat pizza.

Roasted red pepper and arugula whole wheat pizza

Roasted red pepper panini with cilantro-lime mayonnaise.

roasted red pepper panini with cilantro lime mayo2

Another favorite veggie that I like to roast up and make ahead is beets. Make a batch on Sunday, and you’ll have roasted beets all week to add to just about anything, as roasted beets last 5 days. Roasting beets brings out their natural sweetness, intensifies their color and the beets come out perfect, flavorful and tender every time.

Roasted beets on baking trays

With love Jackie

How to Roast Red Peppers

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Recipe by Jackie
Prep time

5

minutes
Cook time

25

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

    Ingredients

    • 4 red bell peppers

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - the oil is only needed if you are storing the roasted peppers and not using them in a recipe right away

    Directions

    • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

    • Wash the peppers and then cut them in half lengthwise.

    • Cut off the stem with a paring knife and scoop out all the seeds and membranes. I used a melon baller to scoop out the seeds and membranes.

    • Place the peppers cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.

    • Roast the peppers in the pre-heated 450 degree oven for about 25 minutes; or until the skins are completely wrinkled and the peppers are charred, rotating the sheet if necessary for them to cook evenly.

    • Let the peppers cool for a minute or two, and then remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a bowl.

    • Cover the bowl with foil or a plate, and let cool for about 30 minutes.

    • When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and discard them, dropping the peppers back into the bowl.

    • If you're using the peppers up right away or later that night then you can just refrigerate them in a glass container with a lid till later that day.

    • If you're making them ahead to use throughout the week, then put the peppers along with their juices into a glass container, pour the olive oil over the peppers, cover and refrigerate. The peppers should last for a week to two weeks. Honestly, they never make it past day 3 in my house.

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      50 thoughts on “How to Roast Red Peppers”

      1. This is a really great tutorial on roasting red peppers, I really don’t do it enough and your recipes just inspired me to get roasting! Your pictures are gorgeous as well, those peppers look perfect and delicious. I’ve never though to do a big batch and keep them in olive oil…usually I just roast them if I need them for a recipe. I’ll be using this tip!

      2. okay i tried to leave a comment earlier but nothing happened. I went on and on about the peppers and how beautiful the pictures were and how you need to come stay a few days and teach me photography. I rambled for a while really but now i forgot all I was saying so I;ll just end with AMAZING!

      3. Great tutorial, girl! I love roasted red peppers and your pics and instructions are great. And the soup, pizza, and sandwich looks so awesome! Hope you’re having a great week. Did I tell you I started my new job (I might have told you like 3 times but my brain, haha!). It’s so busy but I am really liking it. I am working more hours than I initially thought I would earlier this year, but it’s great. It does keep me away from blogging more, but I still plan on posting twice a week and visiting my favorite blogging buddies when I can! Have a great week! xoxo, Sharon

        1. Congratulations on the new job girl! It’s probably good that you’re busy with the job now that Jake in off to college, that way you’re not having to be home missing him 🙂 I just took another photography lesson with my gal Denise and she taught me how to go in manual mode and it has made a difference. I was taking photos in semi-manual mode before, and she finally told me to experiment and play in manual, and I tell you it makes a difference because now my photos are really colorful and crisp. It takes more time though, so I will shoot in manual when I can. Have a great week yourself girl and I look forward to your next post 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

      4. Hey! Thanks for the tips. I never even thought to cut the peppers and scoop out the seeds and membranes before roasting them. I normally roast them whole, turning them half way through. Cutting them first seems so much easier! I also like to make a big batch and add some olive oil and capers. Then I just enjoy them on everything during the week : )

        1. iI Christine! There are so many ways to roast peppers, but this one is the one I use and to me it’s pretty simple! 🙂

      5. Hey Jackie great post! We make these all the time., mostly on stove-top or outside grill. Only in the winter do I do them in the oven, but any way you roast them – they are fabulous! AND, I LOVE the soup, pizza and Panini recipes too!

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      8. I’ve used this recipe for roasted bell peppers twice now, and I’m a huge fan. In fact, I’ll be sharing a recipe on my blog tomorrow utilizing some of the finished product. Love it, thanks for sharing.

        1. Awesome Meghan! I’m so happy you found this tip and post useful! I will totally check out your post tomorrow to see what you came up with 🙂 xoxo, Jacquelyn

      9. I just love roasted red peppers on just about everything. I used to buy them in a jar and then one day I happened to have an extra pepper and decided to try roasting it. I found your recipe and gave it a try. The absolute best peppers! What I like to do is freeze them individually in plastic snack bags. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

        1. Freezing! What a great idea. I am often guilty of making too much of something and end by wasting it when it gets pushed to the back of the fridge. Thanks!
          btw, you can put the peppers in a blender and use them as a great pasta sauce. Yum. Add a few black olives as garnish and some roasted garlic paste on the side for a super-yum!

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        1. I’ve cooked with parchment paper at 500 degrees (when cooking a pizza) before and use it all of the time at 450 degrees and I’ve never had a problem, but if you don’t want to take that risk, I totally understand 🙂

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      15. Thank you Marin Mama for this easy to prepare roasted red peppers recipe! Turned out fantastic in both my attempts. Stored some in my fridge (and freezer) with my foodsaver bags for future use. Not sure how the frozen ones will work out. Any thoughts? Also enjoyed your comment about aluminum foil. Honestly never heard that before. Do you have more information on aluminum foil issues? I used parchment both times and browning on the perimeter was the extent of things. Based on your comments, I’ll try to use parchment much more often. Complements to you on very helpful information and professionally prepared recipes. Excellent photography too by the way!

        1. Hi Todd! Awesome! I’m so happy to hear that you loved this recipe. To be honest I’m not sure how the frozen ones will work out? I honestly am the worst at freezing stuff. Every time I try to freeze something, I end up forgetting about it and it gets freezer burn, so needless to say, I don’t really use my freezer for anything except ice and ice cream 🙂

          The aluminum foil thing is something I learned in natural chef school, and what I wrote is pretty much what I know. There are some people that say it doesn’t leach aluminum, but honestly, I would rather just use parchment and not take the chance. Parchment does tend to brown along the edges when heated at high temps, but I’ve never had it do anything more than brown up on the edges, and I’ve cooked pizza on parchment in a 500 degree oven. I’ve never personally had an issue with it catching on fire or anything.

          If you start using parchment as much as I do, make sure to stock up when it’s on sale. I have about 10 rolls in my garage as it just went on sale last month:)

          Thanks for your sweet comments as well. Enjoy those peppers! xoxo, Jacquelyn

        2. Roasted red peppers freeze beautifully! I freeze a lot every year packed in canning jars with olive oil and layered with sliced garlic and fresh oregano. I was dreading the work a bit this year though, so I went online to look for an easier way. I usually roast them whole under the broiler- it is time intensive and finicky to clean out all those seeds once they are done. I’m so glad I found your post! I love the idea of cleaning out the seeds before roasting! Thank you.

          1. You’re so welcome! I’m so happy to hear that I helped you out! I do find it easier to not have to deal with the seeds after the fact 🙂

      16. I tried your roasted red pepper recipe and it was easy and turned out the best peppers I’ve ever had.
        I’m hooked. After being chilled they didn’t last 10 minuets. I’m making more and tripling the amount. . Thank you for posting.

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      18. Love your blog and all your good ideas. Am about to follow your advice on the roasted peppers. You mention not using foil but your pictures all show the peppers being roasted with foil. Did you oil the foil?
        Thank you!

        1. Hi Deb! Thanks so much for your super sweet comment. SO happy to hear that you love the blog. Those pictures were taken before I discovered the “NO, NO” with foil, but to answer your question, no, I didn’t oil the foil. Just cut the peppers in half, scoop out the seeds and roast away. Super easy. The foil and parchment are just there for an easy cleanup. Feel free to use either one, whichever you have on hand works. I hope that helps 🙂

        1. Hi Ruthie. Parchment is awesome, but can burn easily at high temps, so I wouldn’t suggest using it on the grill. I don’t want your grill to catch on fire. I grill my veggies on one of those racks with the holes, and it works great. You could try wrapping the veggies in parchment and then wrap the whole thing in foil? That will at least give you a barrier between the foil and the veggies. Otherwise, I wouldn’t fret too much about it. It’s all about balance. 🙂

          xoxo, Jackie

          1. I always remember the book Farenheight 451. Thats the teperature at which paper burns!
            Love the pepper tips. I didnt know to oil after for keeping. Thanks

            1. Dr John M Paolella

              Thanks so much for the roasted red pepper recipe. I am an Italian-American gentleman who has fond memories of my grandmothers roasting these peppers by hand over an open flame on the old gas stoves. Your approach is so much easier (and less painful) and produces a wonderful result. The peppers are delicious and also bring back wonderful childhood memories of celebrating family dinners in my grandparents’ homes. Grazie Mille.

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      23. Hi. I found your recipe for making the roasted red peppers useful. Especially the information about using parchment paper and not having to use oil if you are eating the peppers right away. Thanks!

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