Easy to Make Grilled Peppers

Grilled peppers

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 sweet bell peppers (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
101 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 sweet bell peppers (4 servings)
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 big large, sweet bell peppers, but also other types of peppers, such as cubanelles and other longer peppers.

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.


  • 4 peppers (red, yellow, orange, purple bell peppers or cubanelle peppers)
  • 2​ tablespoons olive oil, for brushing

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  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.)

  3. While the grill heats, you can core and halve or quarter the peppers, if you like. Smaller peppers can be grilled whole.

  4. Brush the skin side of each piece of pepper with olive oil. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Sprinkle the peppers with salt and serve them hot, warm, or at room temperature. Enjoy!

How to Serve Grilled Peppers

  • Offer them whole or in large pieces with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, or other high quality and slightly sweet vinegar (perhaps a fruit vinegar you found at a great farmers market stand).
  • 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 this tabouli, for example).
  • Use them instead of roasted peppers to make red pepper pasta. 
  • Remove the skins, finely chop them, and add to scrambled eggs or tuck into an omelet.
  • Simply add them to sandwiches of all sorts—always removing the skin first, obviously—they make a particularly hefty addition to all-vegetable salads and are very tasty when paired with hummus in pita bread.