How to Roast Red Peppers (Roasted Red Peppers)

How to Roast Red Peppers (Roasted Red Peppers) #howto #redpepperThis weeks “How To” Tip: How To Roast Red Peppers. Roasting your own peppers is a simple way to enjoy that sweet and smoky flavor you crave!

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I am crazy for roasted red peppers. CRAZY… for them.

Maybe you haven’t noticed as I’ve slyly sprinkled roasted red pepper recipes all over ASP.

Recipes like:

You don’t have to roast your own peppers for any of these recipes. In fact, at certain times of the year, jarred roasted red peppers are much less expensive and make a good substitute.

But as I mentioned in my last How To post, fresh always wins when it comes to flavor.

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However during pepper season, you can get all sorts of fresh peppers for a fraction of the cost.

Roasting you own red peppers is the best way to get the freshest smoky-sweet pepper flavor.

I’ve roasted red peppers in a variety of ways. If I’m using my grill for other dishes, I just throw whole peppers on the grill and give them a good char. If I only have one red pepper to roast, I’ll hold it over a gas burner with tongs to quickly char all the sides.

Yet the most efficient way to roast a LOT of peppers at once, is oven roasting peppers.

You don’t have to mess with turning the peppers, you simply lay them out flat and leave them in the oven until the skins are dark and blistered.

Here’s how I do it…

How to Roast Red Peppers

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Move the oven rack to the top position and preheat the oven to broil.

Cut all the peppers into quarters, then remove the stems, seeds and membranes.

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Lay the peppers flat on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, skin side up. Press them flat with your hand. You want as much skin as possible to be directly under the heat source, for even charring. This makes the peels easier to remove later.

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Broil the red peppers 10-15 minutes, or until the skins are extremely black, but the flesh underneath is still soft and moist.

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Once the skins have blackened, remove the peppers from the oven and place in a large paper bag, or zip bag. Close the bag and allow the peppers to steam for at least 10 minutes. This loosens the skin from the flesh.

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After the peppers have had time to steam, dump them out on the baking sheet and gently pull the skins off. If your peppers were evenly charred, the once rubbery skins should slip right off!

You can now: can, freeze, or refrigerate your oven roasted peppers. If canning, make sure to follow proper canning procedures to get a tight seal on your canning jars.

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I usually just keep them in an air-tight container, in the fridge for up to a week. Longer if you pack them in oil.

You can roast all sort of peppers this way. Just make sure, if you are roasting thin-fleshed peppers like Anaheims, that you take them out of the oven much earlier. The thicker the pepper, the longer they can stay in the oven.

Happy Roasting!

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  16. Jacqueliposted October 14, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    Thanks for this post! I just found a recipe for a great roasted red pepper soup. I have never roasted peppers myself before. Your tutorial gave me exactly what I was looking for.

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  18. Roseanneposted July 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply

    Best way to roast peppers. Been doing it this way for years. Much easier removing seeds before roasting.

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  20. Vickyposted March 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Thanks for the post! I just got some red peppers for super cheap at a discount grocery store and am excited to roast them! Thanks for the how-to! (I found you on pinterest and am excited to see your other how-tos!!)

  21. Shainaposted February 28, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

    Roasted peppers are some of my favorite ingredients. I love them on sandwiches or in sauces and soups. Love!

  22. Brennaposted February 19, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

    Thank you for this post! I’ve never roasted my own peppers before and now I will!

  23. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Roasting your own red peppers is always fun and super easy. In the fall when they in season I always buy a huge huge basket of the and spend the afternoon roasting and freezing them and for use the rest of the year.

  24. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted February 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Ok, I’ve never actually cut up my peppers before roasting them, but you can fit much more on a pan and don’t have to turn them? Thanks for the tip!

  25. Chrisposted February 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm Reply

    My favorite way to do them is on the grill, since I always have it on anyway.

    What I like even more is in the summer when the local farms have a large variety of hot, sweet, and mild peppers. The smell of fresh roasting chiles is amazing and you can’t beat a fire roasted salsa.

    Wouldn’t you love to have one of those chile roasters that they use in New Mexico?

  26. Carolynposted February 15, 2013 at 5:27 am Reply

    Love roasted red peppers! Great tutorial, Sommer.

  27. Jeanetteposted February 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Homemade roasted bell peppers are the best! Love them – great how to Sommer!

  28. Mariaposted February 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Roasted peppers are the best! Great tips!

  29. Diane {Created by Diane}posted February 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm Reply

    super great tips…they look yummy!

  30. Steveposted February 14, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    Great Post! After the 28 inches of snow we got last Saturday this brings my mind to summer time when we grab canning jars, a bussel of red peppers and start the grill.

  31. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted February 14, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    I am crazy for roasted red peppers too. These are such great tips!

  32. Angieposted February 14, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

    Loving these how to series!

  33. marlaposted February 14, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

    Very nice How to! I love roasted peppers!

  34. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted February 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Roasted red peppers make a dish so much brighter. Great tips.

  35. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungryposted February 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm Reply

    Roast peppers are my favorite way of eating peppers but I don’t have a broil function on my oven. Is there any other way I can roast them?

    • Sommerposted February 15, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

      My next favorite method is on the grill. You can lay whole pepper on your grill grates and flip them around until all the sides are charred.

  36. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm Reply

    Great how to! I have just recently discovered how good roasted red peppers are, now I add them to everything!

  37. Daraposted February 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Fabulous! I love adding these to sandwiches and salads.

  38. Gabyposted February 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Love me some roasted red peppers – and doing it at home is so much better than store bought ones!

  39. [email protected]posted February 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm Reply

    I love roasted red peppers and put them in everything! I’ll have to try your method!

  40. Heather Christoposted February 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm Reply

    This is an awesome How-to- thanks Sommer!

  41. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted February 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm Reply

    GAH! Let them steam. That’s a great tip. I am definitely going to try this.

  42. Julia @ A Cedar Spoonposted February 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm Reply

    This is a great post! I really like roasted red pepper and often make hummus, but have to admit a lot of times I buy the jarred roasted red peppers. I like that you just jarred your own. I am definitely going to do that and try your red pepper alioli for dipping potatoes in. Yummy.

  43. Carol Kintighposted February 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    Can you tell me how you pack them in oil? Is there any trick to it, or do you just stuff them in a jar and pour oil over them? How long will they last in the refrigerator if oil packed?

    • Sommerposted February 15, 2013 at 8:09 am Reply

      Hi Carol, I just fill the jars as full as possible with peppers, then top off the jars with olive oil. Then you can “can” them, or just put them in the fridge. The oil congeals in the fridge and gives the peppers a long-lasting protective layer. They will keep for 2-3 months like that.

  44. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted February 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

    This is such a great tutorial! I’ve never actually roasted red peppers myself (I get the jarred ones at Trader Joe’s) but I think I need to tackle this from now on!

  45. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Red peppers are one of my very favorite veggies, and I love to roast them. Great tutorial, Sommer!

  46. Aggieposted February 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm Reply

    I’m a sucker for roasted peppers!! Love this Sommer!

  47. Foodie Momposted February 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm Reply

    You mentioned freezing them; how do you recommend freezing and thawing them? Also how long would they keep in the freezer?

  48. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted February 13, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

    I love roasted red peppers! Just had to peek at your spicy feta dip – it looks incredible, pinned!

  49. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted February 13, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply

    So easy — and homemade always tastes better!

  50. a farmer in the dellposted February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am Reply

    I’m crazy for roasted red peppers too! thanks for the tips!

  51. Sandyposted February 13, 2013 at 9:40 am Reply

    YEAH!!! Red peppers are on sale this week three for a dollar. I will stock up and try your recipes.

  52. Paula - bell'alimentoposted February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

    Roasted red peppers are so versatile!

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  54. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted February 13, 2013 at 8:18 am Reply

    Roasted red peppers are one of my go-to ingredients. If a recipe is missing a little something, I’m probably going to add some roasted red peppers. :) Great post!

  55. Cassieposted February 13, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

    I love roasted red peppers but don’t make them near enough at home. I love this method, Sommer!

  56. Rachel Cooksposted February 13, 2013 at 7:15 am Reply

    Great post! What is your favorite use for them?

    • Sommerposted February 13, 2013 at 7:36 am Reply

      Oh, definitely Roasted Red Pepper Soup!

      • HausZweiposted October 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        Roasted Red Pepper and Tomatoe Soup is my fave! Fresh tomatoes and fresh red peppers. to die for.

  57. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted February 13, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

    Excellent How-To post, Sommer! I love the idea of roasting many peppers at once in the oven. Thank you! Pinning… xo

  58. Belinda @zomppaposted February 13, 2013 at 5:16 am Reply

    Ah…the paper bag…good step to know!!