Fried Sweet Peppers With Balsamic Vinegar

I usually have some roasted sweet peppers in my refrigerator all the time that I use as an addition to my antipasti tray, in sandwiches, or to toss into my pasta dishes. I recently decided to try something a little different, and simply fried pepper strips, then added some garlic and balsamic vinegar and they turned out delicious. I’ve tasted peppers cooked this way from time to time but for some reason I just never made them myself at home until recently. The balsamic vinegar really adds a nice depth of flavor and a little extra sweetness that turns simple peppers into something special. These peppers would be great on an antipasti tray, or served with grilled or roasted meats and sausages. I also think these peppers would be amazing served along with grilled sausages on a bun.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2014

Fried Sweet Peppers With Balsamic Vinegar

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

This easy side dish is delicious served along with roasted meats or sausages.


6 Large Sweet Peppers (I Used 2 Yellow, 4 Red)
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive OIl
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Minced
1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
1/3 Cup Fresh Chopped Parsley


Wash and dry the peppers, then remove the seeds, stems, and membranes.
Cut the peppers into 1 inch strips.
Heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet and add the peppers, stirring well to coat in the oil.
Cook the peppers over medium heat until they begin to soften and brown, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook another minute or two until fragrant.
Add the balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Cook another 3 to 4 minutes until the peppers have absorbed all of the vinegar.
Toss with the fresh chopped parsley and place on a platter to serve.


7 Responses to “Fried Sweet Peppers With Balsamic Vinegar”

  1. 1
    Elisa Whittington — May 10, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Oh, these look scrumptious.

    Your site always makes me hungry. Time to prepare some marinara, meats, pasta and fried sweet peppers along with a nice salad and some bread.

    Thank You.


  2. 2
    Karen Mercurio — May 10, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    This was wonderfull. I had yellow and orange bell peppers, so that is what I used. I added some red onion also. This holds beautifully in the oven at 325 degrees F. I added a little honey because my peppers were not that sweet. Wow, delicious. I served them over some fantastic italian sausage. Can’t wait to try with other peppers. Definitley a keeper!! Thanks Deborah


    Deborah Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed it Karen! We really like peppers cooked this way as well. I love them roasted too, but this is a nice change.


  3. 3
    Bethany — May 14, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Will definitely be trying this soon! Sounds delish.


  4. 4
    Donna — July 19, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    These are very good. I never had fried peppers with balsamic vinegar so when I saw this recipe online, I decided to try it and I’m glad I did. I am making them for the second time and thought I’d write this post while I am waiting for them to soften and brown. I used 3 italian sweet peppers, 1 green bell, 1 red bell and 1 yellow bell. I highly recommend this recipe to all pepper-lovers. Thanks for sharing.


  5. 5
    Isabel Lehmann. — August 7, 2015 @ 4:35 am

    Didn’t know what to do with 6 sweet peppers till I discovered your recipe and since my husband doesn’t care for peppers I made this and “wow”delicious.
    A definite keeper.


    Deborah Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed the recipe Isabel!


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