Roasted Red Peppers Preserved in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Red peppers are one of my favorite vegetables of the season. Unfortunately, my harvest this year was next to none so I purchased 2 large boxes of Italian red peppers at my farmers market.  This allowed me to make pimientos asados and preserve 6 pints of roasted red peppers in extra virgin olive oil.

This is by far my favorite preserve that can be used in many ways.  As an appetizer, addition to stews and soups or draped over meats.  Roasted Red Peppers are flavorsome and full bodied and when mixed with a vinaigrette, sharp undertones are mixed with the soothing and creamy texture of extra virgin olive oil.  All I can say is scrumptious.

Roasted Red Peppers Preserved in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Recipe by Hunter Angler Gardener Cook



  • Red Peppers
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Kosher or Celtic Sea Salt


  1. Wash, Dry and lightly oil your peppers.
  2. Roast your peppers.  You can do this over an open burner on a stove, a grill or broiled in the oven.  Since I was working in large batches, I broiled mine making sure to turn them once one side was charred.
  3. When the peppers are blackened, put them in a paper bag and roll up the bag to seal in the steam for 20 – 40 minutes.
  4. After the peppers have cooled, remove their skins, stems and seeds.  DO NOT run the peppers under water as they will lose their flavor.
  5. Once each pepper is cleaned and you have removed as many seeds as you can, put them in a bowl.
  6. Repeat this process with all of the peppers before proceeding.
  7. Once the peppers are clean and in the bowl fill a second bowl with some raw apple cider vinegar.
  8. Dip each pepper individually into the vinegar  and place it into a separate bowl.  Repeat this process for all of the peppers.
  9.  Once all of the peppers have been dipped in the vinegar, add salt to them and with your hands toss them like a salad.
  10. Your original bowl should have juice that has accumulated from the peppers.  Add some salt to that juice
  11. Gather clean canning jars and add enough raw apple cider vinegar to cover the bottom.
  12. Pack with the peppers leaving 1/2 inch space at the top.
  13. Using a butter knife, run it down the sides of the jar to release any air bubbles.  You will notice the level of the liquid will drop.
  14. Add some of the salted pepper juice from the original bowl and again use your knife to run it down the sides of the jar to remove any more air bubbles.
  15. Once the air is out to the best of your ability and olive oil to cover everything leaving 1/4″ headspace.
  16. Screw the lids on the jars.  That’s it.  The recipe states that it does not need a hot water bath, however, I did process mine for 10 minutes just in case.
  17. Once you open a jar, keep it in the fridge.  It will last a year, although the peppers will soften over time.

A brilliant recipe.  Buen Provecho!

26 Responses to "Roasted Red Peppers Preserved in Extra Virgin Olive Oil"
  1. Amelia PS says:

    wonderful. I love Hunter Angler Gardener Cook.

  2. Mexico in my kitchen says:

    I love pimientos in sandwiches and prefer to make them at home but lately they had been so expensive that I have had to pass at them. :(



  3. Hunter Angler Gardener Cook says:

    Glad you liked the recipe! I forgot to make these this year – time got away from me. But I have one last jar that is now 15 months old and it is still good. So we know they last at least that long…

  4. Miranda Rommel says:

    Fascinating – you don't need to process?
    I think i should do this with a few of my hot peppers in jelly jars. Does it work with regular cider vinegar?

  5. Paul Jennette says:

    Love roasted red peppers, and I love the fact you are preserving your own.I didn't know that you did not have to put them in a hot water bath. If you don't do they last as long?

  6. Diana Bauman says:

    Hi Miranda, yes. You can use just about any kind of vinegar.

    Paul, I was surprised as well that they don't need a water bath. From Hank's comment above, his last batch is 15 months old and still good. It really is a great recipe!

  7. susan says:

    Roasted red peppers are the best and are useful in so many recipes.

  8. David says:

    Thanks for the instructions. Never gonna waste red pepper any more

  9. Sharon says:

    I love red peppers as well..I save them for the last always..

  10. Ben says:

    Delicious. Could be used as dressing, marinade or a sauce.

  11. Debbie says:

    I’m excited to try this recipe. My first canning experience was tonight! I did fig preserves and they all came out beautiful.

    I’m excited to to the peppers next. I don’t think I have cider vinegar, but I do have balsamic. I think that could be a good substitute. What do you think Miranda?

  12. Sal Vitale sr. says:

    I want to preserve red roasted peppers. Should I use a blended oil or olive oil? Olive oil tends to gel once refrigerated>

  13. Dan Sergeant says:

    My question is,can I use anaheim chili’s,instead of red peppers? Thank you.

  14. sabol says:

    can cherry peppers or jalapeno peppers be processed the same way?

  15. maria mize says:

    I love roasted peppers…..This so easy…Thanks!! Can wait to try!

  16. Judy says:

    I am sooo thankful to you. I have searched for a way to preserve roasted peppers that works for the last two years……Thank you thank you thank you.

    Is there a ‘print’ button on your site? I hate wasting ink and paper when I just need a recipe. Thanks again. Judy

  17. Nora says:

    Thank you– question? The olive oil is also part of the ingredients — after I dip the red peppers in the vinegar and pack in the mason jar – I then add the olive oil– is this correct? Thank you again—

  18. Judy Clark says:

    I enjoy learning ways of preserving food, so your recipe was one that I will surely try this summer. I also loved your testimony for the Lord

  19. Rita says:

    Your recipes sound wonderful and I’m looking forward to trying them both!
    I’d like to know if your supposed to keep all of the unopened jars in the fridge or just after you open a jar that it needs to be refrigerator?

  20. Liam Coyle says:

    A wee suggestion. If you have a charcoal BBC roast them on this – as we do in Portugal. The flavour is wonderfully enhanced!

  21. Karina says:

    I can’t wait to try it. Thank you very much.

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