How to Oven Dry Capsicums

Dried capsicums are so sweet and intensely flavoured. You can snack on them, or add them to soups, sauces, risottos, vegetable stews, and curries.

How to Oven Dry Capsicums

It is so helpful in the kitchen to have bibs and bobs that you can munch on while cooking (or watching TV, or changing the baby, or reading that novel). And lots of bibs and bobs that you can add to the dishes that you are cooking to add more flavour, texture, colour and bulk.

This is one of those recipes. It produces not only great snacks, but also a treasure trove for adding to soups, vegetable stews, curries and other dishes.

Similar recipes include Dried Turmeric Okra.

Browse all of our Capsicum recipes here Or find some inspiration from our Late Summer recipes.

How to Oven Dry Capsicums

How to Use Dried Capsicums

There are several different points at which the capsicums can be removed from the oven for quite different results, flavours and textures.

You can remove some of the capsicums half way through the drying process for delicious, slightly sweet, semi-dried capsicums, just right for tarts, pasta, risottos, salads and eating on their own. About 3/4 way through, remove some and cover with good quality virgin olive oil, for similar use over the next few weeks. They make great snacks and can also be used in the same way as semi dried tomatoes. Leave the rest to dry to completion until all moisture is removed and they are intensely flavoured little bites. Store in zip lock bags or grind to a powder.

Either way, they make great, chewy and flavoursome snacks, can be used in soups, risottos, salads, pasta sauces, lentil dishes, tarts, pies, toppings … the opportunities are endless.

To grind into a powder, grind them in a spice grinder, with a mortar and pestle, or in a blender. When ground, they can be incorporated in any sort of preparations, such as pasta and bread dough. Sprinkle them into vegetable dishes, risotto and other rice dishes. Include in salad dressings, dips, salsas and dukhas.

Dried Peppers Capsicums


The taste was a real surprise. So intensely sweet! This was a surprise. And so intensely capsicumy! Dried capsicums are so sweet and intensely flavoured.

On the Tray

How to Dry Capsicums, Bell Peppers and Chillies

This recipe was inspired by a post from Straight from the Farm and her post on Peppers.

In the OvenWash the peppers, capsicums or chillies. Remove the top from the chillies but otherwise leave the chillies whole. For the capsicums, remove the core – the tops and seeds. Quarter them and remove any of the white flesh along the ribs.

Heat the oven to 50C. Place the quartered capsicums on foil on a tray and place in the middle of the oven. They can dry overnight (although the aroma might drive you crazy while you are trying to sleep), or during the day. If during the day, turn them every 60 or so minutes. Dry for 8 – 10 hours.

Little Jewels

recipe notes
If you wish, remove some of the capsicums half way through the drying process for delicious, slightly sweet, semi-dried capsicums, about 3/4 way through, remove some more and cover with good quality virgin olive oil. Leave the rest to dry to completion.

The real surprise was how, during the drying process, the capsicums became sort of sticky. It is caused by the caramelisation of the sugars in the capsicums. The taste became really very sweet as well. They are excellent to use at this time, semi dried, slightly sticky and sweet.

Whole chillies can also be dried this way. Remove the top, shake out any loose seeds, place on a tray and dry for around 4 – 6 hours.


19 thoughts on “How to Oven Dry Capsicums”

  1. Hi amberjee – gee I am sorry that you didnt find it – it took me ages to locate the post in Straight from the Farm. Her blog is great and the photos terrific. So glad I did find it, these peppers are GREAT.

    Hi Maninas, thanks for visiting. Look forward to the email.

  2. Hi, I have a Mirchi Ka Salan and other’s with colorful bell peppers at FH and at Aroma too. We do get these peppers year round here, love to cook with them!:))

  3. Oh I love these peppers, these are available year around for us. I buy them in bulk . I use them a lot in my cooking. Yummy drying peppers is something for me.

  4. Wow . . . I never thought about drying peppers (er, capsicum) in the oven. I’ll most definitely give it a try!

    Your comment about grinding them into a powder brought back a memory of when my husband and I went to visit his family in a rural part of the Ukraine (it’s a much more ingriguing, involved story, but I’ll leave it at that). There were rastras of Paprika peppers drying everywhere. When Laszlo led us into one of the little shacks of the compound, there was a sweet, spicy scent in the air. I looked down and a fine, rust-colored dust had settled on my shoes. It was where, he explained, hand turning a crank as he spoke, they ground their dried peppers. I didn’t wipe that dust off my shoes all week.

  5. Drying peppers never crossed my mind (I mean capsicum :0) — I just bought some peppers – I think I will try this and use them in Couscous.

    My husband loves asparagus – any suggestions on asparagus preparation?

  6. Hi Asha, How lucky to have capsicums all year. I haven’t tried Mirchi Ka Salan, but must do so.

    Sivapriya, in bulk! Wow, that is commitment. Do you get all sorts of colours? Here, if we look around, we can get yellow and orange as well as red and green.

    swirlingnotions, I love your story about grinding dried in Unkraine. I am intrigued about the full story….

    Hi Kimeberly, great that you could visit. They will be great in couscous. No need to dry them completely, just intensify the flavour. Asparagus – i really like this very simply. Maybe slightly chargrilled on a grill pan, served with butter, sea salt and lemon juice. That would be enough. Serve french style – on its own. If you want more, maybe a dollop of broad bean puree alongside?

  7. Great post, VegeYum. I love how you describe everything, and you’re too sweet to mention me and the blog so much. I’m tickled pink that you’re so happy with them. 🙂 Your photo of the bowl of dried peppers is outstanding!

  8. Hi Jennie, your post was so inspiring. I just love your blog, always really good information, stories and recipes. Glad that you liked the photo.

    I look forward to drying and grinding my next lot of peppers and I might include some dried chilli in it too.

  9. I love the color and the sweetness they give once its dried out. I can imagine the aroma in my pastas and risotto… Nice info dear! thanks for linking me!

    Aren’t they the best? I love nibbling on them just as they are.

  10. Wow..this is really something I would be grateful to you and blogging! What a lovely way to use capsicum in cooking. Thanks Ganga for the link. You are a genius.

  11. Why does it take Americans so long to get to the point? All I wanted to know was How to sun dry Capsicum not a hole lot of preamble about your discovery. But Thanks anyway


    1. Hi John, glad you could drop by. By the way, there is no need to visit or read my blog unless it interests you. If not, that’s Ok. I love that there is such a rich tapestry of people that make up this world, every person with their own preferences. I celebrate that. I invite people who share different views into my world, and it makes it richer. I hope you find that which enriches you, too.

      Oh, and just FYI, no Americans were or are involved in this blog.

      And looking back on the post, it is a bit preambley.


      1. Ganga, great answer for such a rude comment. I came across this page today. It inspired me enough to go to the farmers market. I purchased about 100 small sweet peppers, chills, jalapeños, and some other pepper I had never seen before. Anyway, I spent the afternoon cleaning, cutting, and preparing the peppers for the oven dry. Then, with the chilis, jalapeños, and the other peppers, I strung them up on string to dry outside. In Florida (USA), we have lots of sunshine this time of year. Should I put them inside at a window or is outside okay. My next question is, can I put them in a closet with a dehumidifier instead? Your thoughts?

        1. Hi Michelle, thanks for your lovely comments.

          Yes! Do dry your peppers outside in the sunshine. Perhaps cover them with some netting to keep the bugs off, but that is optional. Bring them in at night, and put them out again the next morning.
          Hope it all goes well. Let me know how it works for you.

          PS I often dry chillies whole in the window, but it does take some time. In the dehydrator it is much quicker, but not as satisfying, I think.

  12. Thanks for such great information regarding this topic. I have a lots of plants that seem to be producing quite a bit of fruit this year and I was wondering what I can do to keep most of the crop,
    your blog has given me the answer and excited me. Thanks for the easy to follow guide and excellent pictures Cheers Marg & Diane

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