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Discover how easy it is to grill peppers! Like roasted red peppers, grilled peppers are tender, sweet, subtly smoky, and intensely flavorful. You can use them in a variety of different ways, and freeze them to enjoy year round!

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If you like roasted red peppers, you are going to love grilled peppers.

Like roasting, grilling peppers brings out their natural sweetness and helps to reduce their spiciness. Additionally, it gives them a slightly smoky charred flavor. It also softens them and loosens their skins so you can easily peel them.

The end result is sweet, smoky, tender peppers that make a perfect appetizer, side dish, or enhancement to salads or pastas. 

If you’re used to buying roasted red peppers, try this recipe instead. The peppers are much more flavorful and they’re very easy to make!

roasted red peppers italian appetizer spread with bread and olives

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Just like roasted peppers, grilled peppers are naturally sweet. Grilling adds a subtle smokiness and intensifies their flavor.
  • These are versatile! They’re awesome on their own, as part of a charcuterie board or antipasto platter, or added to sandwiches, wraps, salads, or pasta recipes.
  • If you have a ton of peppers, you can grill and freeze them for use all year.

Ingredients

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

grilled red peppers ingredients
  • Large sweet red peppers – The peppers I used were labeled “sweet griller peppers” at the grocery store. They’re also called Red Romano Chile Peppers, Ramiro Peppers, and Sweet Pointed Peppers. If you can’t find them, you can use red bell peppers instead.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – We use oil in the marinade to help make sure the peppers don’t stick to the grill.
  • White balsamic vinegar – Or you can use white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.
  • Garlic – The savory flavor and aroma of garlic adds the perfect balance to the sweet, fruity flavor of peppers.
  • Salt and pepper – These pantry-staple seasonings add a ton of flavor.
  • Minced fresh parsley – This optional garnish adds a pop of green color and grassy flavor.

Instructions

Prep and Marinate the Peppers

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Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds.

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  1. Add all ingredients except the parsley to a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag.
  2. Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and massage the ingredients into the peppers. Let the peppers marinate while you preheat the grill.

How to Grill Peppers

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  1. Preheat the grill to high heat. Place the peppers on the grill skin-side-down (if desired, reserve the marinade to drizzle on top before serving).
  2. Cook until the peppers are charred on both sides, about 5 to 8 minutes per side, flipping once halfway through. (See the Notes in the recipe card below for instructions on how to roast peppers in the oven.)

How to Peel Peppers After Grilling or Roasting

how to peel roasted peppers
  1. Once you remove them from the grill, immediately put them into a bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  2. Let the peppers sit for 10 minutes and the skin will remove easily.

Storage

Store grilled peppers for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Recipe Tips

  • Play with this recipe to make it your own! Swap out the peppers for any kind you like, and switch up the vinegar as well.
  • If you use spicy peppers, add a little touch of honey or sugar when you marinate them for balance.
  • You aren’t limited to parsley. You can use any type of fresh herb you like as a garnish, such as mint, basil, oregano, marjoram, tarragon, etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Peppers Are Best For Grilling?


You can grill any type of pepper you enjoy eating! A few popular options are bell peppers, poblano peppers, and cubanelle peppers.

Pro Tip: If you want to grill smaller peppers, grill them whole. For larger peppers, cut them in half and remove the seeds before grilling.

How Do You Cut Peppers For Grilling?

With large peppers, I cut them in half and remove the seeds before grilling. If you want to grill smaller peppers, you can leave them whole.

Do You Have to Peel Roasted Peppers or Grilled Peppers?


No, you don’t have to peel them, it’s a matter of personal preference. Once peppers are roasted or grilled, the skin can get tough so I like to peel them. And they’re very easy to peel!

close up top view of oven roasted peppers appetizer with olives

Serve Grilled or Roasted Red Peppers as an Appetizer

Serve grilled peppers as part of an appetizer spread! Mozzarella cheese balls, olives, and garlic crostini are all delicious pairings, and make an easy, elegant, affordable, and impressive appetizer.

How to Make Garlic Crostini (Garlic Toast)

Time needed: 10 minutes

In just 10 minutes, you can make garlic crostini to serve as an appetizer along with these peppers!

  1. Slice the Bread

    Thinly slice baguette, ciabatta, sourdough, or any type of hearty bread you like.

  2. Brush with Oil

    Brush both sides of each slice of bread with a little olive oil, and sprinkle salt and black pepper on only one side of each.

  3. Grill or Broil

    Grill the bread or broil it in the oven until it’s light golden on both sides, flipping once. (Timing varies, but generally takes less than 1 minute per side.)

  4. Rub with Garlic

    Rub a clove of peeled garlic on one side of each piece of toasted bread.

  5. Serve

    Serve with grilled peppers, diced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, or whatever you want.making garlic toast

More Easy Appetizer Recipes to Try

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How to Grill Peppers (Grilled Peppers Recipe)

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
It's so easy to make grilled peppers! Similar to roasted red peppers, grilled peppers are sweet, smoky, and full of flavor. You can use them a ton of different ways, and freeze them to enjoy all year.

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound large sweet red peppers halved and de-seeded (for me, this was 4 very large peppers; see Note)
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients except the parsley to a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and massage the ingredients into the peppers. Let the peppers marinate while you preheat the grill.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat. Place the peppers on the grill skin-side-down (reserve the marinade). Cook until the peppers are charred on both sides, about 5 to 8 minutes per side, flipping once halfway through.
  • If you want to peel the charred skin off the peppers before eating, once you remove them from the grill, immediately put them into a bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the peppers sit for 10 minutes, and then you can easily peel off the skin.
  • Transfer the peeled peppers to a bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the reserved marinade on top (discarding the rest of the marinade), and sprinkle on the parsley.

Notes

  • Large Sweet Red Peppers: You can use any type of large sweet red peppers that are available to you. I found peppers labeled “sweet griller peppers” at my grocery store, which worked well. Their flavor and texture reminded me of piquillo peppers.
  • Serving Temperature: These are great served warm, cold, or at room temperature.
  • Storage: Store grilled peppers for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Tip for Peeling Peppers: It’s fine if there are still some pieces of skin on the grilled peppers. Don’t rinse the peppers after cooking because it will dilute their delicious charred flavor.
  • How to Make Roasted Peppers in the Oven: Preheat the oven to 450F. Prepare the peppers as directed in this recipe and place the pepper halves (skin side up) on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast the peppers until they’re softened and the skin is blackened in spots, about 15 to 20 minutes (don’t flip them).

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5of a pepper | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1777IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Peppers, Grilled Peppers Recipe, How to Grill Peppers

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on September 5, 2022 and updated on May 24, 2024.

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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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