These 15 minute Air Fryer Bell Peppers are guaranteed to be your new favorite way to char your peppers to tender perfection. Enjoy hot or store them in an airtight container and add them to several dishes throughout the week for a boost of flavor and nutrition.
📋 About the Recipe
- Significantly faster than oven roasting. If you've ever roasted peppers on a baking sheet in the oven, you'll know it can take well over 20 minutes to get a nice char on them. This air fryer recipe cuts the cook time in half making this healthy side dish perfect for busy weeknights and quick meals.
- Rich in vitamin C. Sweet peppers are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and dietary fiber. They're also packed with anti-oxidants and are a great way to add nutrition to your family's diet.
- Great air fryer recipe for beginners. If you're new to making air fryer recipes, starting with a simple, easy air fryer recipe like these peppers is the best place to start. All you need is 4 ingredients, including salt and pepper, and about 15 minutes!
A few notes about the ingredients:
- Fresh bell peppers - Feel free to use just one color bell pepper or a variety of colors. Red bell peppers are the sweetest and green bell peppers are the most bitter. Yellow and orange peppers are in between, but lean more sweet than bitter. Choose your kind of peppers based on your pairing dish or what's available at the local grocery store.
- Oil - My cooking oil of choice is a quality olive oil. If desired or necessary, you can also use another neutral oil such as avocado oil.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
- Change up the seasoning - I kept these air fryer peppers as simple as possible, but feel free to adjust the spices to your personal preferences. A sprinkle of Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, or red pepper flakes for a bit of heat are all great choices.
- Use another pepper - Any sliced peppers such as poblano peppers, anaheim, peppers, or jalapenos can be cooked with this same cooking method. Note that the spicier the pepper, the most care should be used when cutting. Check out my tips for How to Cut Jalapenos safely.
- Alter the cook time to taste - Depending on the size of your air fryer and how charred you like your peppers, you may need to adjust the cooking time.
- Cut the bell peppers. Slice the bell peppers into 1-inch thick strips and place the pepper strips in a large mixing bowl. If you are a novice cook, check out my resource on How to Cut Bell Peppers to help you learn how to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- Season. Drizzle the olive oil over top and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Mix to coat evenly.
- Air fry. Transfer the bell peppers to the air fryer basket or tray and cook for 10 minutes, or until the peppers are cooked to your liking.
- Serve. These bell peppers are best served alongside your favorite protein, as fajitas, or in your favorite dish.
❄️ How to Store
To store: Cooked peppers are best enjoyed when fresh, but can be stored for up to 3 days. Allow the peppers to cool completely, then store the cooked peppers in an airtight container such as a glass Tupperware or zip top bag.
To reheat: The best way to reheat your peppers is in the air fryer, but they can also be reheated in the microwave or in a hot skillet on the stovetop. To reheat in your air fryer, cook for about 2 to 4 minutes at 350 degrees F or until warmed through to your liking.
🔍 Recipe FAQs
I have a step by step visual resource to help you learn How to Cut a Bell Pepper into strips, as well as how to store them for optimal preservation.
Thankfully this vegetable side dish is incredibly versatile and can be used in a number of dishes. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions:
Breakfast - Chop up these roasted peppers and bake them in a quiche, egg scramble, or serve them inside an egg omelette with Instant Pot Bacon, Italian sausage and your favorite mozzarella cheese.
Tacos - Make homemade fajita tacos or shredded chicken taco lettuce wraps.
Nachos - Sprinkle these roasted peppers overtop air fryer nachos.
Philly cheesesteak - Use these air fryer peppers in my Philly Cheesesteak Skillet recipe to cut down the prep time.
Burger bowl - My loaded burger bowl recipe makes a great guide. A combination of lean ground beef, black beans, fresh jalapeños, skillet roasted corn kernels, and chopped romaine lettuce would be great additions.
Yes, if you'd like to make a combination of pepper and onion strips, feel free to do so. Both red onion and yellow onion will work fine!
💭 One More Tip
Cut the peppers uniformly. In order for this air fryer recipe to cook evenly, it is important to cut the peppers into thin slices of similar thickness.
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Air Fryer Bell Peppers
- 3 bell peppers (any color)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Slice bell peppers into 1-inch thick strips. Add to a bowl.
- Pour olive oil over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to coat peppers in the oil and seasoning.
- Add peppers to your air fryer basket or tray. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.
- Serve as a side dish to your favorite protein.
- Adjust the cook time, depending on the size of your air fryer and how well done you like your peppers.
- Feel free to add additional seasonings to taste.
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