How to Roast Peppers (and Why You Should)
Homemade salsas are delicious—but homemade salsas with charred peppers are even better. Here's how to roast peppers using three different methods.
To fire up the flavor in your sauces, salsas and soups, we’ve created the ultimate guide on how to roast peppers. Below you’ll find not one but three simple ways to prep peppers that will add depth to any dish.
How to Roast Peppers, 3 Ways
- Peppers of your choice (bell peppers, jalapenos, shishitos, etc.)
Method 1: In the Oven
If you want to roast your peppers in the oven, you can either leave them whole or de-seed and slice them in half first. Regardless of which option you choose, preheat the oven to 500°F. Place the peppers on a baking sheet. If you cut the veggies in half, place them on the sheet with the cut side facing down.
Roast the peppers for about 20 minutes, or until the skins are black and blistering. If you’re cooking the peppers whole, rotate them every so often.
Test Kitchen tip: Use parchment sheets, aluminum foil or a Silpat on top of the baking sheet to make cleanup easier.
Method 2: On the Grill
Place whole peppers directly on the grate of a gas or charcoal grill. Cook the peppers for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the veggies about a quarter turn every few minutes using a pair of tongs. You’ll know the peppers are done when they’re blackened and soft to the touch.
Bonus: You can grill as many peppers as will fit on your grill at once! Another option is to slice the peppers ahead of time and roast them over the flame in a grill pan.
Method 3: On the Stove
First things first: You’ll need a gas stove for this method. (Electric won’t work!) Place the pepper directly over the burner, then adjust the flame so it just barely grazes the skin of the pepper. Let the pepper cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, using tongs to turn it as needed to char each side.
Since stove-roasting peppers is more hands-on, it’s ideal for anyone who only needs to cook one to two peppers.
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