Knowing how to grill bell peppers makes so many meals more delicious. Once you taste the salty char with the sweetness of the bell peppers you won’t want them any other way!
Cooking fajitas on the grill is a super easy dinner that kids and adults alike enjoy. The bonus of grilling everything is no pans to scrub and keeping your kitchen clean.
Grilled Bell Peppers
Have you ever thrown your bell peppers on the grill? With these tips you will be grilling them every time.
First, it is a given to start with good produce. But if my peppers are just starting to wrinkle don’t hesitate to pop them on the grill for a tasty char.
Second, I like to cut mine in half or quarters and then grill them. A paring knife makes quick work of this. It gives me manageable pieces to move around with my tongs and not fall through the grates. You can slice them up afterward for use in other dishes.
How To Grill Bell Peppers
Follow these directions for how to grill bell peppers:
Prep the grill: Preheat your grill on high. Once hot give your grill a quick scrape. Drop your temperature down to medium-high. All grills are different but we are looking for a temperature in the 400-450 range.
Prep the bell peppers: When cutting your peppers quarter or half them for easy pieces to handle on the grill. Oil and season the peppers.
How Long to Grill Bell Peppers
Not sure how long to grill bell peppers? It usually takes around 10 minutes if you slice your bell peppers or 20 minutes if you halve them or leave them whole.
When done they should be charred in places, and they should look like their skin is blistering.
After they are finished grilling, you have the option to remove the skins. I do not usually perform this task. The skin is thin and edible, and I like the taste of the charred bits, after all that is why you grilled them.
If you want to peel the skins for canning, or because you don’t like the taste or texture, all you have to do is let them steam a bit.
Cover the hot peppers with a bowl or other moisture barrier when you take them out of the oven if you plan to remove the skins. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll find the skins easy to remove.
There are so many great ways to cook bell peppers! Once you’ve mastered grilling, you may want to try roasting or sauteeing. Sauteed Peppers and Onions make for a tasty side or topping for steaks, sandwiches, or delicious tacos and fajitas.
How to Grill Bell Peppers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 bell peppers cut in halves or quarters
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste
- Preheat your grill on high. Toss fresh bell peppers with oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
- Grill the bell peppers for 8-10 minutes then flip and grill until done. The skin should be blistered and bell peppers fork-tender when done.