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Easy Air Fried Bell Peppers

Soft and juicy, air-fried bell peppers are the best thing ever! They have a delicious sweet flavor and a soft texture.

Roasting bell peppers in the air fryer enhances the flavor and caramelizes the natural sugars in sweet peppers. This gives them extra sweetness. It breaks down the peppers too so that they are super soft and juicy. Popping them in the air fryer basket as opposed to the oven is an easy way to roast them and it saves a lot of time too!

Serve the roasted peppers as a healthy side dish or they make a great addition to your favorite salads, sandwiches, or pickles.

grilled peppers.

What color bell peppers are best?

You can use red bell peppers, yellow, orange, or green bell peppers. The yellow bell peppers, orange peppers, and red peppers are the sweetest and they will caramelize the best. These colorful bell peppers are full of vitamin c and other vitamins and nutrients.

Green peppers are peppers that are unripe. They are more bitter than the other colors and have slightly fewer vitamins. Green bell peppers are still excellent when roasted.

red and yellow peppers on wooden board.

Should you peel the air fried bell peppers?

There is no need to peel the bell peppers. The skin is not thick and it’s easy to eat. If you do wish to peel the peppers, then this is easy to do after they have been cooked in the air fryer. The hot air of the air fryer will cause the skin to blister and puff.

Let the cooked peppers sit in a covered bowl or container to lightly steam after cooking. Once cool enough to handle, the skin can be peeled off.

peeled grilled peppers.

Ingredients

Find the simple ingredients amounts for this easy air fryer recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a run down of what you will need.

  • Fresh bell peppers – Or any other kind of pepper that you wish to roast. You can also use a mix of colorful peppers to bring different flavor profiles.
  • Olive oil – a little oil to lightly coat the peppers
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Extra seasonings (optional) – garlic powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, or other seasonings of your choosing

Air fryer peppers method

Quarter the peppers and remove the seeds and the pith. The easiest way to do this is to hold the tops of the peppers and slice off each quarter. You can also chop them into large chunks, or cut bell pepper halves.

Lightly drizzle the peppers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

quartered peppers with oil and seasonings.
quartered peppers in air fryer

Lay the pepper pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer, though if a few are overlapping that’s okay. They will shrink as they cook.

Cook at 400°F/200°C for approximately 12-14 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the air fryer pan to flip the pepper pieces. Every air fryer cooks a little bit differently, so check on your peppers.

If leaving the peppers unpeeled, they can be served right away. If peeling the peppers, let them sit in a covered bowl or container to lightly steam after cooking. Once cooled to room temperature, the skin can be peeled off.

grilled peppers.

Storing

Serve the peppers as a vegetable side dish alongside your main meal for a great way to add some extra vegetables. They can be added to your favorite soup or salad.

The air fryer roasted peppers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months, and stored in an airtight freezer bag.

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Yield: 4

Air Fryer Roasted Bell Peppers

grilled peppers.

Air fryer peppers have a delicious sweet flavor and a soft texture.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bell peppers
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Quarter the peppers and remove the seeds and the pith. The easiest way to do this is to hold the tops of the peppers and slice off each quarter.
  2. Lightly drizzle the peppers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Lay the pepper pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer, though if a few are overlapping that’s okay. They will shrink as they cook.
  4. Cook at 400°F/200°C for approximately 12-14 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the air fryer pan to flip the pepper pieces.
  5. If leaving the peppers unpeeled, they can be served right away. If peeling the peppers, let them sit in a covered bowl or container to lightly steam after cooking. Once cooled to room temperature, the skin can be peeled off.
  6. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 91Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 76mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 1g

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