How to Cook Jalapeno Peppers

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With their fiery kick, jalapenos will add a spicy flavor to your favorite recipes. If you can stand the heat, the small peppers also taste good on their own. Cooking jalapenos deepens and enhances their flavor all for just a few calories and a negligible amount of fat, as well as a boost of vitamin C and potassium.

Broiled Jalapenos

Step 1

Turn the oven on to the broiler setting.

Step 2

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 3

Cut the tops off of each jalapeno and discard them. Run the tip of a sharp knife around the top opening of each pepper to cut away the seeds. Discard the seeds as well.

Step 4

Place the peppers on the sprayed baking sheet and place them in the oven.

Step 5

Broil the jalapenos until the skin starts to bubble and turn black.

Step 6

Flip the jalapeno peppers and continue broiling them until the second side starts to bubble and turn black.

Step 7

Remove the peppers from the oven and allow them to cool before handling them.

Grilled Jalapenos

Step 1

Preheat an outdoor grill to high.

Step 2

Brush the grates with cooking oil.

Step 3

Place whole jalapenos on the grill. Use tongs to help prevent burns.

Step 4

Close the lid and let the jalapenos cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 5

Rotate the jalapeno peppers and allow them to cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.

Step 6

Turn the jalapenos one more time and cook them for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 7

Remove the jalapenos from the grill and allow them to cool slightly before serving them.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking sheet

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • Sharp knife

  • Cutting board

  • Tongs

  • Outdoor grill

  • Cooking oil, such as olive or canola

  • Basting brush

Tip

When grilling your jalapenos, cut them in half lengthwise first to help keep them from rolling around on the grill as you flip them.

Place the cooked jalapeno peppers into a tightly closed clean plastic bag for 5 to 10 minutes. This will help loosen the skin so it's easier to remove.

Broil whole jalapenos for 2 minutes and then stuff the cavities with goat cheese and herbs for a tasty appetizer or side dish.

Warning

Wear plastic gloves when handling jalapenos. This will prevent the spicy compounds from getting on your fingers, which can really burn if you then touch your eyes, nose or ears.

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