Air Fryer Roasted Red Peppers are quick and easy to make! Packed with flavour they can be used in pesto, a dip or a grilled cheese sandwich.
Recipes like our Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms, Air Fryer Onions and Air Fryer Stuffed Jalalepenos allow us to speed up traditional oven cooking in the Air Fryer! If you love pizza, try the Air Fryer Portobello Mushroom Pizza!
Using your Air Fryer to roast these red peppers (capsicums) results in quick perfectly cooked roasted peppers.
They are so versatile and can be used in recipes like our Roast Capsicum Pesto, as a pizza topping or ingredient for grilled cheese sandwiches.
The recipe is quick, easy and delicious and won't heat up the whole house from the oven or have you heading outside to the BBQ!
Are roasted red peppers the same as bell peppers
Yes they are.
Red Peppers, Bell Peppers and Capsicum are all names for the same vegetable!
You will find red, green and yellow bell peppers out there that are great to use in receipes like stir fries or tray bakes.
Red peppers are the most commonly roasted peppers as the flavour is unparallelled compared to green or yellow roasted peppers. For some reason, they just taste better!
Why do you have to peel roasted peppers
One of the steps involved in roasting peppers is to peel their skins off.
This is because the skin has a thin elastic texture whereas the roasted pepper has a soft, moist, melt in your mouth texture!
The skins are easy to remove. You simply place the peppers in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, let cool, then remove wrap and peel the skins off.
How long do homemade roasted peppers last
The peppers will last 3-4 days in the fridge when stored in a seal air tight container.
The only thing you need for this recipe is red bell peppers!
They are shown in the photo below and can be purchased at your local grocery store or fruit shop!
Here are the step by step instructions for the recipe.
We use a knife, chopping board and Air Fryer to prepare and cook the peppers from start to finish!
- Use a knife to slice the peppers in half (Photo 1)
- Remove the stems and seeds of the peppers (Photo 2)
- Place the peppers cut side up into the Air Fryer basket (Photo 3)
- Flip the peppers to skin side up and cook for 15 mins (Photo 4)
Once the peppers are done, we need to take a couple of steps to allow us to pull the skin off nice and easily.
- Place the roasted peppers into a bowl and cover with cling wrap (Photo 5)
- Once the peppers are cool, remove the cling wrap and pull the skins off (Photo 6)
We all know before and after photos are the best as they illustrate what your food will look like and how things will turn out.
The photo above (left) shows you the peppers before they are cooked.
The photo above (right) shows you what the peppers will look like when they are cooked (yum!!)
Black bits on roasted peppers is perfectly normal and what you want to aim for in achieving a thoroughly tasty roasted pepper!
What to use roasted red peppers for
Once you have made your roasted peppers, you will want to find a million ideas on how to use them and enjoy their delicious flavour.
Here are some suggestions:
- add to pizza as a topping
- use them to make a pasta sauce
- make Roast Capsicum Pesto
- add them to a Grazing Platter
- turn the Crudite Platter into a roasted vegetable platter!
- pair them with Pita chips on a Dip platter
Frequently asked questions
- You need 2 medium to large red bell peppers
- This a vegetarian recipe
- I don't use any oil, salt or pepper to make this recipe
- The cook time is approx 25 mins
- My Air Fryer is a 7 litre basket version
- You can make more roast peppers and work in batches
- This recipe perfect as a side dish
- Allow the peppers to full cool before pulling the skins off
If you don't have an Air Fryer and want to oven bake the capsicum, I talk more about that method in my Roast Capsicum Pesto recipe.
This is what I have learnt that will help you master the recipe from the 1st time and every following time:
- You don't need a drop of oil for this recipe!
- There is no need to season the capsicum (ie salt or pepper)
- You can pull the basket out by the handle to check how the peppers are cooking along the way
- There are so many sizes and types of Air Fryers that some will cook faster or slower depending on the model.
- The 1st time you make the recipe, check the peppers after 5 mins to see how they are cooking!
More Air Fryer recipes
If you love Air Frying, then check out the following recipes for inspiration:
- Deliciously enjoyable Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms
- Air Fryer Stuffed Jalapenos
- Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
- Easy Air Fryer Pita Chips
- Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
- Simple Air Fryer Sausage rolls (perfect party food!)
- Air Fryer Cheese on Toast
Or read through all Air Fryer recipes on the blog.
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Air Fryer Roasted Red Peppers
- Air Fryer
Air Fryer Roasted Red Peppers
- 2 red bell peppers
Air Fryer Roasted Red Peppers
- Turn the air fryer on to 180°C/350 F for 20 mins Note 1
- Use a knife and chopping board to slice peppers in half, then remove stems and seeds
- Place bell peppers into the Air Fryer open side up, cook for 10 mins
- Use tongs to flip the peppers to the skin side up and cook for a further 10 mins
- Use tongs to remove peppers from Air Fryer and place in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and allow to cool.
- Once peppers are cool, slide skins off and discard.
- Store in the fridge in an Air Tight container for 3-4 days
- Note 1 I don't need to preheat my Air Fryer. If yours is a model that does, simply add the pre heat cook time and adjust the timer accordingly.
Roast bells my friends
If you love having roasted peppers on hand, you will know the pure joy in using them in plenty of other recipes!
If you haven't tried them before, you are in for a deletable treat.
They are soft, tender and so delicous!
One of my fav ways to serve them is with other grilled veggies on a sandwich.
If you try the recipe I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.
Peppers are a roasting.