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Simple Tip: Peeling Roasted Red Peppers

I absolutely adore using roasted red peppers to add a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, and all sorts of entrees. I already gave you a primer on how to roast red peppers, but lately I've been using this easy tip for peeling them that I wanted to share.

You can roast peppers several different ways: I prefer to coat mine lightly with olive oil and blacken them in the broiler for five to 10 minutes. No matter what your method, this trick gets the blackened skins off easily. To find out how,


Remove the peppers from the oven and place them on a flat surface with an overturned bowl on top, so it completely covers the peppers. The bowl will trap the heat from the peppers and fill with steam. This "steaming" process will loosen the skins so that they peel off easily.

After five to 10 minutes, remove the bowl, turn it right side up, and place it on your prep surface. Carefully peel the skins off of the peppers and drop the discarded skins into the bowl. Then, you can just toss the skins in the trash.

Do you have an easy way for peeling peppers? Let us know below!

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gelita gelita 9 years
here in mexico we roast the chiles poblanos in the stove... until they are black and then put them in a plastic bag... until they really sweat the skin of... then try to peal the post of the skin and then wash them a little... it's really easy to do so
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I've always put them in a brown paper bag to sweat them - but this sounds easier than looking for one of those in my crowded kitchen! And. I never use olive oil - they brown perfectly without them, and who needs the extra calories?
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I roast mine w/o the olive oil too! It's unnecessary! I saw on the foodnetwork, to put them in a paper bag and let them steam & stuff, then shake the bag. It gets a lot of the skin off, but not all. I use leftover bags from the liquor store. I guess it's a law or something they have to put liquor in a paper bag here, is it the same everywhere? Anyway, I roast peppers about as often as I go to the liquor store (not that often!), so I usually have a paper bag to reuse!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
i just get the peppers and lay them on top of the flame on the stove for about 2 minutes. then remove skins, easier i think.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Thanks Yum and ladies for the advice. I will be trying this.
GratefulGrl80 GratefulGrl80 9 years
you don't even need the extra calories of olive oil! broil them until the skin turns black, then put them in a paper bag, and seal it. let them sit for a few minutes, and once you take them out, the skin will peel right off!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that i tried that a while back and i really makes things easy...i love to raost peppers too! they really do make dishes a little more flavorful.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I saw Martha Stewart do it the other day on TV and she used her stove top to blacken them. Turn the grate over and nestle the peppers in then turn the gas flame on. Turn them to get it even, then she wrapped them in paper towel and let them sit for a few minutes. I agree with FinnLover though, your way sounds greener. No waste. I'd probably opt for it! Good thinking!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
I usually just put my peppers in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Your way is much "greener" and I'll be using it from now on... :OOPS:
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