How to Remove the Slimy Skin From Peppers

Written by denise brandenberg
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Many people enjoy cooking with peppers and adding the variety of spice levels to food. Whether you're adding peppers or chillies to a main dish or featuring them, as in stuffed bell peppers or chile rellenos, peppers are versatile ingredients. Many peppers and chillies have tough skin that is not easy to chew or digest, and some people do not like the texture of the outside skin. You can remove the skin using a variety of cooking methods including the oven, hob, barbecue grill and microwave.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Heat source (oven, stove, microwave or grill)
  • Tongs
  • Plastic bag or microwave-safe airtight container
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Paper towels

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Instructions

    Oven

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven or grill to 204 degrees C. Place peppers directly on rack.

  2. 2

    Bake or broil for five minutes, constantly turning with tongs, until the skin blisters (turns black and separates from the rest of the pepper). Immediately remove from heat and place in plastic bag.

  3. 3

    Seal the bag and allow the chilli to steep and steam before removing the skin.

    Hob

  1. 1

    Turn burner to medium high or high. Place pepper in an empty frying pan or directly on the burner.

  2. 2

    Cook for around 10 minutes, constantly turning with tongs, until the skin blisters (turns black and separates from the rest of the pepper). Immediately remove from heat and place in plastic bag.

  3. 3

    Seal the bag and allow the chilli to steep and steam before removing the skin.

    Barbecue Grill

  1. 1

    Place peppers directly on the grill about 6 inches from the flames.

  2. 2

    Grill for 10 to 20 minutes, constantly turning with tongs, until the skin blisters (turns black and separates from the rest of the pepper). Immediately remove from heat and place in plastic bag.

  3. 3

    Seal the bag and allow the chilli to steep and steam before removing the skin.

    Microwave

  1. 1

    Place peppers in the airtight microwaveable container.

  2. 2

    Microwave on regular power level for around eight minutes.

  3. 3

    Remove from oven and allow the pepper to steam in the container for around two minutes before removing the skin.

    Peeling

  1. 1

    Remove the pepper skin's sometimes-irritating capsicum oil by wiping the olive oil or vegetable oil on it, and then wipe it clean with water and paper towel.

  2. 2

    Dry it off.

  3. 3

    Peel the blistered skin carefully and easily.

Tips and warnings

  • Some people shake the sealed plastic bag around and the blistered skin sticks to it, so no peeling is required.
  • Some pepper skin is very hot and can burn you. Wear protective gloves and remove contact lenses before handling the peppers.

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