Fried Italian Peppers (Peperoni Friarelli Fritti)

Red and green Peperoni Friarelli Fritti. Thanks to Letizia Mattiacci for the photo.

Friarelli are a type of green (and sometimes red) sweet pepper which are commonly found in Italian specialty shops or any good gourmet market.  Our fried Italian peppers recipe is usually made with friarielli (and/or friggitelli) and not dissimilar to Cubanelles.  Friarelli are distinguished by their narrow conical shape and relatively transparent flesh.

A similar recipe which utilizes Friarelli or standard bell peppers is called Peperonata.

Cubanelles - red and green. Thanks to TJ Jackson / site for the photo.

Fried Italian Peppers (Peperoni Friarelli Fritti)
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Serves: 4
  • 10-12 Friarelli peppers
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red pepper flake to taste (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  1. Begin by removing the stem and seeds from the pepper. Cut the pepper in half and at the same time begin heating a large saute pan over medium to high heat.
  2. Add just enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the pan (and red pepper flakes if desired) and add the peppers.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and cook for a total of 10-12 minutes depending on the size of the peppers.
  4. Some cooks only turn the peppers once during the cooking process but you can turn more often if you'd like. The peppers work well as a side dish, in a sandwich, or even with eggs as a hearty breakfast treat.
Optional ingredient include: garlic, crushed fennel seed, oregano,sausage, and chopped tomatoes


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