Easy to Make Grilled Peppers

Grilled peppers

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
101 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 2g
Calcium 14mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Grilled peppers, like all grilled vegetables, are beyond easy to make. This recipe works for large sweet bell peppers as well as other types of peppers, such as cubanelles, poblanos, and other longer peppers. When grilling bell peppers, any color will do, but red, yellow, orange, and purple bell peppers are the sweetest. Any mild pepper will benefit from the smokiness of the grill, and cooking them brings out their natural sweetness.

Since this is as much a method as a recipe, feel free to grill more or fewer peppers as your menu, grill space, and dining companions dictate. They can also be stored in the fridge and served later either cold, room temperature, or reheated.

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet peppers (red, yellow, orange, purple bell peppers, or cubanelle peppers)
  • 2​ tablespoons olive oil (for brushing)
  • Optional: Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Grilled pepper ingredients
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  2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-hot. You should be able to hold your hand about an inch above the cooking grate for 3 to 4 seconds before pulling it away from the heat.

    Heat a charcoal grill
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  3. While the grill heats, core and halve or quarter large peppers. Smaller peppers can be grilled whole.

    Cut peppers on a cutting board
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  4. Brush the skin side of each piece of pepper with olive oil.

    Brush skin side with oil
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  5. Place the peppers on the grill, skin-side down. Cover the grill and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. The skin should blacken a fair amount, this is fine.

    Place peppers on grill
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  6. Remove the blackened grilled skin; it should slip more or less right off. Or, keep things simple and let diners do it themselves as they eat the peppers.

    Remove blackened skin from pepper
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  7. Sprinkle the peppers with salt (if using) and serve them hot, warm, or at room temperature. Enjoy!

    Sprinkle peppers with salt and serve
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How to Use

  • Offer them whole or in large pieces with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or other high quality and slightly sweet vinegar (such as a rustic fruit vinegar like pomegranate vinegar).
  • Serve them as part of a grilled vegetable platter; peppers are an excellent match with eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes.
  • Chop them up to add to summer salads—they are particularly good as part of a composed salad of various cooked and raw vegetables or when added to pasta salads or grain-based salads (some chopped grilled peppers are lovely added to tabouli, for example).
  • Use them instead of roasted peppers to make red pepper sauce or dip such as hummus.
  • Remove the skins, finely chop them, and add to scrambled eggs or tuck into an omelet.
  • Simply add them to sandwiches of all sorts—they make a flavorful addition to all-vegetable sandwiches and are very tasty when paired with hummus in pita bread.

How Do You Cut Bell Peppers for Grilling?

Large bell peppers should be cored and halved or quartered before grilling. Begin by slicing off the top of the pepper, including the stem. Make a cut all around the meat of the pepper, dividing it into two. Remove the core and seeds. If desired, slice again into quarters.