Roasted Jalapeños | Jalapeño peppers take on a charred, milder and sweeter flavor when they’re roasted. You can roast jalapeño peppers whole or halved, and with the seeds or deseeded. Roasted jalapeños are a great addition to grain bowls and potato bowls. You can blend them into sauces or eat them whole. Add them to salads, nachos, burgers, or sandwiches.
Learn how to roast jalapeños in the air-fryer and you’ll be adding them to every dish for the next month. Roasted jalapenos are soft, with a hint of smoke, and a nice mellow heat.
Roasting jalapenos is super easy. Lightly coat the peppers in oil and season with salt and pepper (or just salt) and bake them in the air fryer for about 10 minutes – simple!
Does roasting jalapeños make them milder?
When you roast jalapeños, the heat breaks down the capsaicin – the compound that makes peppers spicy – and results in a more mellow heat while adding a smoky flavor.
You can lessen the heat further by deseeding the peppers before roasting them.
Capsaicin can end up on your skin when working with jalapeños and can feel like burning or stinging. No fun! Wear gloves when handling these spicy peppers, unless you like to be careful/risk it like me.
If you don’t wear gloves, wash your hands thoroughly directly after and don’t touch your face before washing!
This is a brief overview of the ingredients used in this recipe followed by substitution ideas. Read the recipe card for measurements.
How to roast Jalapeños in an air fryer
Remember to space the peppers out in the basket or baking pan, leaving an inch between peppers so they char and don’t steam.
Preheat the air fryer and line a pan with foil. You can halve the peppers or leave them whole. Cut the stems off.
Place the peppers on the lined basket and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the peppers in the air fryer for 5 minutes. Flip the peppers with tongs and roast for another 5-6 minutes, until they are charred to your liking.
Serve or let cool and then keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Tips for How to Roast Jalapeños
What to serve with roasted jalapeños
I like having these charred peppers on the side of a Loaded Potato Bowl. Roasted jalapeños would be great on a veggie burger, in tacos, on sandwiches or blended up in a sauce.
Store in the fridge for up to a week. Freeze, tightly wrapped or sealed in a bag or container for 3 months.
Jalapeño peppers range from 2500-10000 on the Scoville heat scale. They are on the low end of the list when it comes to spicy peppers. Roasting jalapeños makes the spice level milder.
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How to Roast Jalapeños
- Air Fryer (I use a Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer)
- 5 jalapeños
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt and pepper - to taste
- Preheat air fryer to 350℉.
- Prep: Cut the stem off of the jalapeños. You can leave them whole, halve them, or halve and deseed them.
- Season: Place the jalapeños in the air fryer basket, lightly drizzle with oil and then season with salt and pepper.
- Air fry for 5 minutes and then flip the peppers over. Air fry for another 5-7 minutes.
- Serve right away or let cool and refrigerate until needed.
- Optional: To peel the skins off, place the hot peppers in a bowl after air frying and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to steam and then scrape the skin off with a spoon or knife.
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