Italian Fried Peppers, a fast, easy and tasty side dish. Made with only a few ingredients, peppers never tasted so good! This pan-fried dish is the perfect compliment to any meat dish.
I remember fried peppers from when my Mom would make them. I didn’t like them then but I sure do love them now. I think they make the perfect side dish with a grilled steak or pork chop. One of our favourite side dishes.
Peppers frying on the stove has one of the most delicious aromas in my opinion, my Mom loved fried peppers so much, she would make a sandwich with any leftovers!
How to make it
In a medium frying pan add the oil, garlic, sliced peppers, spices and water. Cover and cook until soft and tender, uncover and cook until water dissolves and peppers are cooked to your liking.
What are the best peppers to use
I like to use regular bell peppers, I like to combine a green, red and yellow pepper. We find all red makes the dish too sweet. But you choose. If you wish you can also use Frying Peppers that are available at the grocery store. They are a type of sweet pepper with a thin skinned wall.
What is the difference in the colours of peppers
Red peppers have the most nutrition, next yellow/orange and then green. Green are actually picked when they are still unripe, which makes them a little bitter. Red peppers are considered ripe and have the most nutrition, because they’ve been on the vine the longest. Red peppers also have 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C, than the green ones. Therefore the different colours actually do taste different. Green is the most bitter. The yellow/orange and red are much sweeter, with red being the sweetest.
What to serve with them
I love to serve fried peppers with a grilled steak, pork chop or even chicken. My husband and kids love to eat them with some crusty Italian bread. Or do like my Mom and make a sandwich!
How to store
Any leftover cooked peppers should be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge. They will keep for 3-5 days if stored properly.
So if you are looking for a simple and easy side dish, then these Italian Fried Peppers could be it. Let me know if you try it. Buon Appetito!
Italian Fried Peppers
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 large bell peppers (red, green or yellow or choice) sliced
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup water (61 grams)
- In a medium/large frying pan add the oil, garlic, sliced peppers, oregano, salt and water. Cover and cook on medium heat until soft and tender about 10 minutes, then uncover and cook until water dissolves and peppers are cooked to your liking. Enjoy!
Laura Pittington says
Delicious! Learned this from my Grandma
Thanks Laura, take care and have a great weekend!
RALPH MASTROBERTE says
BELL peppers are NOT Italian Frying peppers. Italian frying peppers are a thing in themselves, and sold as such. A reasonable substitute is Cubanelles, or, if you don’t mind a little more spice, Anaheim chiles. Bell Peppers have an odd taste that some people like on pizza.
Hi Ralph, I live in Italy, Italians use bell peppers for frying. 🙂
Oh, how I love these! My Mom used to make them also. Sometimes with onion. And the sandwiches from the leftovers were GOOD! Thanks for sharing your recipe.