How to Roast and Peel a Pepper: A Photographic Guide

How to Roast and Peel a PepperThis red pepper is delicious.  It’s fresh, sweet and crunchy.

Now let’s roast it and turn it into something rich, smoky, and soft.  It’s also delicious — in a different way.

There are a few different ways to roast a pepper — my technique of choice for large peppers is on a stove burner.  Off we go.

How to Roast and Peel a PepperPlace the pepper directly on top of a high flame and let it char for a few minutes.  You’ll hear it crackle as the skin begins to heat.  Use metal kitchen tongs to turn the pepper as each side chars.

It should be mostly black when you’re done.  This should take just a few minutes.
How to Roast and Peel a PepperUse the tongs to remove the pepper from the burner and place it in a bowl and cover it tightly with plastic wrap.

Let the pepper steam this way for about 5 minutes.  Then remove the plastic and let the pepper become cool enough to touch.
How to Roast and Peel a PepperGently use your hands to peel the blackened skin off the pepper.  It should come off with ease this way, but you can also use the dull side of a paring knife to help.

I like to leave a few tiny bits here and there for an added smoky flavor.  (Do not rinse the pepper!  If you do, you’ll rinse off some of the wonderful flavor!)
How to Roast and Peel a PepperUse your hands or the paring knife to break the pepper into a few large pieces.
How to Roast and Peel a PepperUse your hands to gently remove the stem, and a paring knife on the inside of the pepper to remove any white membranes and seeds.
How to Roast and Peel a PepperNow you can slice and dice any way you’d like!
How to Roast and Peel a Pepper


You can roast a few peppers at one time (using all of your burners) — use a large bowl when they’re finished charring and steam them all at once.

For smaller peppers like jalapeños, you can use the broiler.  Here’s an example.



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  1. says

    I can’t wait to show this to my husband. He was making a mess of the red peppers the other day. I totally forgot to tell him to put the poor peppers in a bowl and let the steam release the skin. He spent forever peeling the skin off by hand.

    • valentina says

      Nope! Only when I sauté mushrooms it seems — 😉 Turn on the hood fan if you’re concerned about it — but this method doesn’t really create smoke the way a grill would. Happy roasting! 🙂

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