How to Grill Peppers

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Hot and sizzling, grilled peppers make the perfect side dish, sandwich and burger topping or base for sauces like tomato sauce. Add olive oil and seasonings to finalize this quick, beginner-level dish. Below we will go over how to grill peppers!

3 charred bell peppers on the grill.
Grilled, sliced bell peppers in a bowl on wooden table.

Are Bell Peppers Spicy?

Bell peppers are not spicy.

Red, yellow and green bell peppers are mild in comparison to hot peppers and have a pleasant crunch when you bite into the flesh. However, they do taste slightly different from each other. Red bell peppers are the most ripe of the three and have the sweetest flavor, whereas green bell peppers are going to be a little more on the bitter side.

Grilled peppers are soft, tender and juicy with a charred skin, although you can remove the skin if it doesn’t suit your purposes.

How Long Does it Take to Grill Peppers?

Need a last-minute side dish for your barbecue? It takes only a few minutes to clean and season your peppers, then another ten minutes to cook them on the grill, until tender and charred. Plan for another ten minutes if you want to remove the skins. Overall, grilled bell peppers are a fairly quick side dish that can be grilled at the same time as the main.

Step 1: Prep Ingredients & Equipment

Bell peppers, garlic, parsley and olive oil on light background.
  • 3 bell peppers of your choice (red, yellow, green)
  • Olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (to serve)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Outdoor grill
  • Tongs

Step 2: Preheat Grill

Bell peppers in a metal bowl, a head of garlic on the side.

Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high. If the peppers are large, they can be cored and sliced in half. Small peppers can be left whole.

Step 3: Season the Peppers

Bell peppers in a metal bowl with olive oil, a head of garlic on the side.

Brush each whole bell pepper with olive oil. Lightly sprinkle with salt.

Step 4: Place Peppers on Grill

3 bell peppers on the grill.

Place the peppers on the grill, on their side. The sliced peppers should be placed skin side down.

Step 5: Grill the Peppers

3 charred bell peppers on the grill.

Close the grill lid and cook until tender, flipping the peppers until they char on all sides. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6: Remove From Grill & Cool

3 charred bell peppers on the grill.

If you are serving the peppers with the skin, let them cool a few minutes and serve as desired.

If you would like the skins removed (recommended), continue below:

Step 7: Wrap in Foil or Paper Bag

Foil wrapped bell peppers on a wooden board.

Place the peppers in a paper bag or in foil and onto a cutting board and let cool for about 10 minutes. This way, it will be easier to remove the skin.

Step 8: Remove Skin & Seeds

Grilled red bell pepper on foil.

Remove the charred skin, core and seeds. The skin should be easy to peel off or you can use a paring knife.

Grilled red bell pepper on foil.
Grilled, skinned red bell pepper on foil.
Grilled, skinned bell peppers on wooden board.

Step 9: Slice the Peppers

Grilled, skinned bell peppers on wooden board.

Slice the peppers into strips.

Step 10: Drizzle with Olive Oil

Grilled, sliced bell peppers in metal bowl with olive oil.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. Sprinkle with the minced garlic, fresh parsley and salt, to taste.

Grilled, sliced bell peppers in metal bowl with olive oil and minced garlic.
Grilled, sliced bell peppers in metal bowl with olive oil, garlic and parsley.
Grilled, sliced bell peppers in metal bowl with olive oil, garlic and parsley.

Step 11: Serve & Enjoy!

Grilled, sliced bell peppers in a bowl on wooden table.

Serve as a side dish or as desired. You can store them in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How to Serve Grilled Peppers

Grilled, sliced bell peppers in a bowl on wooden table.

You can serve grilled peppers as a side dish with other grilled vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and onions. Serve them alongside grilled proteins like steak, chicken, burgers or brats for a complete summer meal. You can add a few slices to your sandwiches and wraps. With rich olive oil and a sprinkle of garlic, grilled peppers make a delicious side dish all on their own or you can experiment with different side dishes.

Grilled, sliced bell peppers in a bowl on wooden table.

You can use them the same way you would roasted peppers. If you’re not in front of a grill, you can roast peppers in the oven to get a similar flavor and texture. You could also throw them in the pan for a quick stir-fry with beef, onions and other ingredients.

Planning a sit-down dinner? Red, yellow and green peppers make a festive, colorful addition to anyone’s plate. Stick with the classic olive oil and garlic, or try some of your favorite herbs and spices to bring out the mildly sweet-and-smoky flavor of your delicious peppers.

What’s your favorite way to serve grilled peppers? Let us know what you think in the comments and please share the recipe!

3 charred bell peppers on the grill.

How to Grill Peppers

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Hot and sizzling, these grilled peppers make the perfect easy side dish!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 28 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 bell peppers of your choice - (red, yellow, green)
  • Olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp. garlic - minced
  • Fresh parsley - chopped (to serve)
  • Salt - to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high. If the peppers are large, they can be cored and sliced in half. Small peppers can be left whole.
    Bell peppers in a metal bowl, a head of garlic on the side.
  • Brush each bell pepper with olive oil. Lightly sprinkle with salt.
    Bell peppers in a metal bowl with olive oil, a head of garlic on the side.
  • Place the peppers on the grill, on their side. The sliced peppers should be placed skin side down.
    3 bell peppers on the grill.
  • Close the grill lid and cook until tender, flipping the peppers until they char on all sides. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
    3 charred bell peppers on the grill.
  • If you are serving the peppers with the skin, let them cool a few minutes and serve as desired.
    3 charred bell peppers on the grill.
  • If you would like the skins removed (recommended): Place the peppers in a paper bag or in foil and onto a cutting board and let cool for about 10 minutes. This way, it will be easier to remove the skin.
    Foil wrapped bell peppers on a wooden board.
  • Remove the charred skin, core and seeds. The skin should be easy to peel off or you can use a paring knife.
    Grilled red bell pepper on foil.
  • Slice the peppers and put then in a medium bowl. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. Sprinkle with the minced garlic, fresh parsley and salt, to taste.
    Grilled, sliced bell peppers in metal bowl with olive oil and minced garlic.
  • Serve as a side dish or as desired. You can store them in a glass container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
    Grilled, sliced bell peppers in a bowl on wooden table.

Equipment

Outdoor grill

Notes

  • The nutrition information only includes the bell peppers, as the other ingredients are optional and the amounts are not specified.

Nutrition

Calories: 28kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 188mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2794IUVitamin C: 114mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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