Simple Sautéed Peppers | The Easiest Colorful Veggie Side Dish

LAST UPDATED: Feb 21, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Sautéed peppers are a quick and easy way to add veggies with color, flavor and texture to an array of dishes. So simple to make, sautéed bell peppers are perfect for fajitas and topping everything from tacos to pizzas to cheesesteaks. I use them weekly because they come together pretty effortlessly.

A cast iron pan full of sauteed bell peppers, wooden spoon to the side.

Sautéed peppers are one of my favorite ways to get some extra veggies into my girls’ (and our!) diets. They are so quick and easy and the bright colors liven up any dish! I included them recently in my Chicken Over Rice Fajita Bowl and there really is no end of dishes you can use them in.

They’re amazing with Soft Chicken Tacos and Carne Asada Tacos and make an incredible side dish.

These sautéed bell peppers are a perfect addition to fajitas along with some seasoned and grilled meat. Just wrap them in a tortilla with chicken or beef and dinner is ready. Using all of the different colored peppers really creates a lively and delicious looking dish that your family will love.

A white surface with a white plate full of sliced bell peppers, organized by color in red, green and yellow.

Ingredients to Make Sautéed Bell Peppers

  • Green, Yellow, Orange, Red Bell Peppers – I like to use a mix of all of the colors as they all have a slightly different flavor. If you can, buy organic… but either way, give them a good wash before you use them.Use firm peppers that will hold up during cooking.
  • Olive Oil – You just need a little olive oil to sauté the peppers in. I prefer to use olive oil, but you can also use another neutral oil such as sunflower, peanut or safflower.

A close up shot of colorful sauteed fajita peppers.

How to Sauté Peppers

  1. Slice peppers into strips.
  2. Heat a skillet over a medium high heat and add the oil.
  3. Add the sliced peppers and cook for 5 minutes while stirring until soft.

A cast iron pan on the stove, full of red green and yellow sliced peppers preparing to saute.

What’s The Difference Between Different Colored Bell Peppers?

Did you know that the color of a bell pepper is simply just the stage it has ripened to? They all start green, ripen to yellow, then orange and finally, red!

Green peppers are the least ripe and have a slightly bitter taste to them where as red are the sweetest.

There is also a difference between male and female peppers. Male have three bodes on the bottom of them and female have four. Male peppers tend to be better for cooking and sautéing, whereas female peppers are sweeter and are better enjoyed raw. 

A cast iron pan on the stove, full of red green and yellow sliced peppers preparing to saute.

Can You Sauté Peppers Ahead Of time?

Sautéed bell peppers can be made a day before you need to use them and then stored in an airtight container in the fridge. You can then serve them cold or quickly reheat them in a pan or in the oven.

You can also cut the peppers two or three days ahead of time and keep them covered in the fridge until you are ready to cook them. That is, if they make it that long- we love snacking on sliced bell peppers in our house! 

A cast iron pan full of sauteed bell peppers, wooden spoon to the side.

How to Use Sautéed Bell Peppers

A cast iron pan on the stove, full of red green and yellow sliced peppers preparing to saute.

Tips To Make Sautéed Peppers

  1. Use firm peppers that don’t have any bruises or soft patches, they should have a uniformed color. Remove all of the seeds before cooking.
  2. To spice up your sautéed peppers, try adding some Homemade Taco Seasoning or sauté them with minced garlic or chili pepper flakes.
  3. Heat your pan over a medium heat, if the pan is too hot the peppers can burn. Keep stirring while you cook them.

Close up shot of sauteed peppers.

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Close up shot of slice and sauteed bell peppers.

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A cast iron pan full of sauteed bell peppers, wooden spoon to the side.

Sautéed Peppers

Julie Blanner
Sautéed bell peppers are a quick and easy way to add veggies, color, flavor and texture to an array of dishes. Perfect for fajitas and topping pizza or tacos.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 63 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Slice the peppers into strips.
  • Heat a skillet over a medium high heat and add the oil.
  • Add the sliced peppers and cook for 5 minutes while stirring until soft.

Notes

  • Use firm peppers that don't have any bruises or soft patches, they should have a uniformed color. Remove all of the seeds before cooking.
  • To spice up your sautéed peppers, try adding some Homemade Taco Seasoning or sauté them with minced garlic or chili pepper flakes.
  • Heat your pan over a medium heat, if the pan is too hot the peppers can burn. Keep stirring while you cook them.

Nutrition

Calories:63kcalCarbohydrates:7gProtein:1gFat:4gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:4mgPotassium:241mgFiber:2gSugar:3gVitamin A:2033IUVitamin C:154mgCalcium:6mgIron:1mg
Keywords fajita peppers, sauteed bell peppers, sautéed peppers
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