We tried everything and there is no easy way to peel bell peppers without doing it with a very sharp knife. Peeled bell peppers are easier to digest (if you or someone in home suffers from Heartburn you should start peeling too :) )

Tried to freeze then dip into hot water, place in hot stove, and directly over a flame, hot oil works but then it gets cooked and soaked.

For those around world (like me), this is bell peppers.

Thanks for any help!

  • So you want to learn how to peel raw peppers without cooking/roasting it first?
    – Jay
    Jul 23, 2012 at 6:46
  • Yes, I agree with the others. Bell peppers peel best when they're hot, just like tomatoes.
    – user10812
    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:56
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    I'm sure you could try blanching them, it works like a charm for other fruits veggies I have a hard time peeling.
    – lemontwist
    Jul 23, 2012 at 11:50
  • Why not... do it with a very sharp knife then? ;) Nov 28, 2016 at 12:24

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The key is to use a sawing motion with the peeler. Top and tail the pepper, cut it in half or quarters, remove the seeds and pith, then take a peeler (one like this):

and start peeling, wiggling the peeler side to side, 'sawing' the skin off the flesh.

  • cutting first into widths just less than the above blade
    – Pat Sommer
    Jul 23, 2012 at 8:15
  • Never tried the peeler, I will give a try. The tips above are ok but most of time the peppers get soften, quite bad for salads.
    – Diana
    Jul 23, 2012 at 17:43

Put a flame to the peppers (either on the gas stove or a blowtorch). When it's black, it peels great. The meat will not be cooked.

Another way is to put it in the oven until done. When warm they peel great, but of course the meat will be done.

Edit: the method described here will be better, still.

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    If you're doing this, the pepper will peel even easier if you put it in a heat-proof bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The skin will steam itself loose. Jul 23, 2012 at 12:34
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    The flesh does take on a delightful smoky flavor. I love subjecting peppers to this treatment. Jul 23, 2012 at 14:54

You could try to concasse the pepper. Make light cuts through the skin (not through the flesh) then submerge in boiling water for 30 seconds, then shock in ice water? Maybe the peels get loose the same way a tomato releases its skin when treated this way.

I haven't done this myself, so I don't know if it will work.


When you roast a pepper over an open flame, that burning/charring that happens on the outside is just that tougher outer skin that you are trying to get rid of. You are not actually burning the sweet flesh underneath.

So, you hold or place the peppers over the open flame, until the outer skins are blistered and scorched, rotating and turning the pepper with tongs. Once that is done, put the pepper into a paper bag to cool off. That traps some of the moisture escaping and further softens the scorched outer skin.

Give it a few shakes once cooked, take the pepper out, and the skin peels/flakes right off. I just do it under a running faucet so I'm not fighting with little bits and pieces of clinging skin.

The mistake most people make is that they don't thoroughly scorch the outer skin enough, because they mistakenly think they are burning the whole pepper.

For raw peppers, you'll have to go with some other answerers' suggestions.


Choose 3 lobe peppers, after topping, and removing pith and seeds slice down valleys to get 3 pieces. Sawing motion with peeler top to bottom until peeled.

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