It couldn't be any easier to make roasted red peppers in the air fryer. Roasted sweet peppers are delicious and take very little effort and time to make.
Since they are made with fresh peppers, a jar of roasted red peppers from the grocery stores doesn't seem last long once the jar has been opened. Even though they are delicious and versatile, sometimes I have a hard time using them up. That's why I like to make them at home. I can make the amount I need and don't have to worry about what to do with the leftovers.
Roasting peppers is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy them. The flavor of the peppers intensifies, the skin becomes blistered and the flesh is soft and sweet.
Until recently, I made roasted sweet peppers on the grill when I make my grilled jalapeno poppers recipe because you only need a small number of roasted peppers. But then I discovered just how easy it is to make them in the air fryer and it's my new favorite method.
Why you will🤍this recipe
- It's simple to make with just two simple ingredients.
- Homemade roasted peppers taste much better than store-bought.
- You can make only what you need.
Here is what you will need to make air fryer roasted peppers
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.
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How to make roasted peppers in an air fryer
Prepare the ingredients: Rinse and dry the pepper, and measure the olive oil. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees f.
Step 1. Prepare the pepper
Use a sharp knife (a paring knife works best) and trim the top off of the pepper and cut out the seeds. Once the seeds are out, cut the pepper in half.
Step 2. Brush with oil
Use a pastry brush to coat the bell pepper halves in olive oil.
Step 3. Place pepper onto an air fryer tray
Place the pepper halves skin side up onto an air fryer tray or air fryer basket.
Step 4. Air Fry
Air fry the peppers for 12 minutes. Remove them from the air fryer and allow them to cool off. Once they have cooled off you can peel away the skin if you prefer roasted peppers without skin.
Note: Cooking time can vary depending on the model of your air-fryer. The peppers are done when the skin of the pepper is slightly charred and blistered.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Red bell peppers - These are the sweetest of bell peppers and will have the best flavor. Yellow bell peppers and orange bell peppers are a little less sweet but are still good choices.
Green bell peppers are not as sweet but still have a nice flavor.
Olive oil - This can be substituted with avocado oil or whatever oil you normally cook with. You can also use olive oil or avocado spray to coat the peppers.
If you prefer not to use oil, you can leave it out, but it helps to add those perfect charred edges to the peppers.
How to store leftover roasted peppers
One of the big benefits of making your own roasted peppers is that you can make only what you will need, and you may not have leftovers.
In the event that you do have leftovers or you would like to make them ahead of time, roasted peppers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
This is such a simple recipe, but there are still a few ways that you can make this your own.
Spicy roasted bell peppers - Toss the roasted peppers in a little bit of olive oil and roasted pepper flakes.
Roasted peppers with herbs - Toss roasted peppers in olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar with chopped fresh herbs such as basil and oregano or Italian seasoning.
Mexican roasted peppers - Instead of roasting bell peppers, use poblano peppers and toss them into your favorite Mexican recipes.
How to use roasted bell peppers
- Once the peppers have been roasted, place them into a paper bag for a few minutes which will help the skin blister and easy to peel off with a knife.
- If you are roasting more than one pepper, try roasting a variety of colors of peppers for a pretty presentation that looks great in salads.
Yes, you can. But I find that it's easier to trim and remove the seeds from the peppers before they are roasted. If you roast the peppers whole, coat the whole peppers in oil and air fry them for 15 to 18 minutes turning them over after 8 minutes.
No, it's not necessary to remove the skin. The skin is fairly thin after the peppers have been roasted and add a little more smokey flavor.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the pepper halves in a single layer skin side down, and place them into a preheated oven at 425 degrees f. Roast for 12 minutes, flip the peppers over and roast for 10 to 12 minutes longer.
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- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Olive Oil
- Use a sharp knife (a paring knife works best) and trim the top off of the pepper and cut out the seeds. Once the seeds are out, cut the pepper in half.
- Use a pastry brush to coat the bell pepper halves in olive oil.
- Place the pepper halves skin side up onto an air fryer tray or air fryer basket.
- Air fry the peppers for 12 minutes. Remove them from the air fryer and allow them to cool off. Once they have cooled off you can peel away the skin if you prefer roasted peppers without skin.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used