The Best Way To Roast a Pepper

I shall refrain today from gushing about my gorgeous pup and will instead share with you a discovery: the best way to roast a pepper (capsicum).

What’s wrong with the normal ways, I hear you ask.  

Quite a lot actually.  

The most common method of roasting a pepper is to place them whole in a hot oven or over coals.  Undeniably, this creates perfectly cooked, juicy flesh but the post-cooking removal of the seeds makes me swear furiously.  Those sticky little buggers get everywhere! 

Another popular option is to cut the peppers into sections and then roast them.  No seed problems with this method but, more often than not, by the time the skin is charred, the flesh has dried out.  Placing the same slices under a grill has the opposite drawback: the skin chars too quickly leaving the pepper still quite crunchy.   It’s a dilemma.

Or it was, anyway.  I’ve now discovered that combining these latter two methods works an absolute treat.    Juicy flesh, easy peel skin and no sticky seeds.  What more could a pepper lover want? 

Perfect Roasted Peppers

Red, yellow or orange peppers

Olive oil

Salt

  • Cut the peppers into quarters lengthways and remove seeds and white bits.
  • Rub with olive oil and a little salt and place skin down on a baking tray.  Roast for 20 mins in a 190oC oven.
  • Turn the peppers skin up and place under a very hot grill.  Grill until skins are just blistered and blackened.
  • Place hot peppers into a bowl and cover with clingfilm.  Leave to cool.
  • Peel peppers, discarding skin. 

Suggested uses:

  • Marinate in lemon, garlic and olive oil for an antipasto
  • Add to sandwiches.  The moistness of the peppers means mayo or butter isn’t necessary.
  • Blitz with buttermilk and a little cayenne to create a vibrant sauce.
  • Tossed through pasta.
  • Or my current favourite use: with puy lentils, deseeded tomatoes, roasted aubergine, parsley and a balsalmic/olive oil dressing. 

23 thoughts on “The Best Way To Roast a Pepper

  1. This is interesting Wendy as I have always grilled peppers then put them into a plastic bag until cooled. The bag helps sweat off the skin but it is still a very finickety job to get the skins off. Your puy lentil dish looks yummy.

  2. I remember us Greeks and Italians being mocked for roasting (it was thought burning) peppers over open coals! lol

    My how times have changed…I still prefer roasting whole as I insist upon having that slight smoky flavour and as for the seeds, pulling the stem away from the pepper removes most of the stems, hence saving you from uttering cussin’ words.

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  4. Shona – The plastic bag does the same as the cling film. It’s the seeds that drive me crazy! Do you roast yours whole?

    Peter – That’s how I used to do and, yes, most of the seeds do come out. But not all! Those others drive me crazy! Especially since I tend to roast a LOT of peppers. :)

    Lucy – It is wonderful. Has to be home roasted peppers though. The jarred ones have a weird after taste, I think. :)

  5. I think I have to try your method. I end up doing a bushel each year and do them on the gas bbq. The seeds do cause me to say things that I wouldn’t normally say.

  6. interesting method which I must remembr to try – esp when most of the peppers are done and there is always one that isn’t

    i iusually do either oven or grill depending on weather and whim – and put them in the plastic bag – my biggest problems is burning my fingers when I am pushed for time!

  7. Gen – :) He’s lying beside me woofing in his sleep just now. So cute!

    Giz – Ahhh, you understand me! I just can’t cope with those seeds.

    Susan – Thanks! :)

    Johanna – Yup, more problems. If they weren’t so very tasty I’d have given up on them years ago.

  8. Hi,
    Your photos are beautiful and I love the recipe too, simple, healthy and lot’s of fiber!
    I always grill my pepper whole and I don’t really mind with the trouble, because in my opinion, they taste better. That just me!

    On different subject, I just have to leave you comment for your new adorable spaniel. He is so cute (although he looks so shy) I would keep his name “Marco”. I have 2 golden retrievers, they are adorable too. Cheers.

  9. Oh, how I love roasted peppers, let me count the ways. And, here’s another one to add to my list! Thanks for the helpful suggestions for easing the mess.

  10. Elra – You must have more patience than me! And Marco says thanks. Retrievers are such wonderfully loving and playful dogs. :)

    Christina – You’re very welcome. I just hate those seeds!

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  12. Hi there,
    I really like your blog.
    Just fyi, peppers should be roasted without oil in a very hot oven under the grill and turned to blacken the skin for maximum flavor. Then you can throw them in a paper bag if you want and they will steam just the same. Then you take them and drain them after peeling in a strainer to remove the bitter juices (this will help if you have digestive issues after eating roasted peppers.) Those seeds can be removed very easily by just dipping in a small bowl of water after peeling. As soon as you dip them the seeds plop off into the water and sink to the bottom. You them leave them to dry and go on to marinate in olive oil, balsamic creme, a pinch of sugar, sea salt and zatar is fabulous. I serve them with goat cheese on fresh garlic bread or baguette. Dont’ fear the seeds…
    ps. You can also stuff deseeded and cored pepper with feta/goat cheese mashed with a bit of egg and then egg and flour them and flash fry them in a pan for a truly superb starter! This works best with the long sweet green peppers but you can do it with red/yellow as well.
    all the best!!!!

  13. Essential ingredient for my favourite sandwich. Cream cheese, smoked Black Forest ham and roasted peppers.

    MMmmmmm……..sandwich heaven.

  14. Love roasted peppers. We always have these when in Crete but why on earth remove the skins. We eat the lot and delicious they are. just doing some now!

  15. With some applications, the skin ends up stringy, like dental floss, which distracts from the rich wholesome tang of the pepper’s flesh. I’ve never turned my nose up at a roasted pepper with its skin still on, however!

    I’ve just pulled a bagful of poblano peppers off of a plant I grew… thinking of making a knock-off of a burger from a place in town that they call the “Green Monster,” … it has roasted poblano peppers, gruyere cheese, … and I always add roasted garlic and jalapenos.

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