Sweet and sour peppers

Sweet and sour peppers are a simple and tasty recipe that is very popular in Italy, especially during the summer. Healthy, colorful and great when eaten cold, sweet and sour peppers can be served as an appetizing side dish for burgers, steaks and sausages. If you are organizing a backyard BBQ party, surprise your friends with this delicious Italian recipe, which you can also prepare well in advance. In addition, sweet and sour stewed peppers are also a valuable ingredient to enrich meat stews, pizza, rice or pasta salads.

The traditional Italian recipe for sweet and sour peppers is quick and easy: the peppers must in fact be cut into pieces and stewed in a pan with a little garlic (or onion, if you prefer); at the end of cooking, add a little sugar (a tablespoon is enough, since by nature the peppers are already sweet) and a little vinegar. Depending on your taste, you can vary the proportions of sugar and vinegar to have sweet and sour peppers in which the sweet or sour note prevails. With the doses I used, I must say that the dish is quite balanced in the two flavors. Sweet and sour stewed peppers should be served cold and are also excellent for seasoning Italian bruschetta.

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time10 Minutes
  • Rest time2 Hours
  • Cooking time20 Minutes
  • Serving4 servings
  • Cooking methodStove
  • CuisineItalian
  • SeasonalitySummer

Ingredients for Italian stewed sweet and sour peppers

28 oz bell peppers (800 g)
1 clove garlic
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water (100 ml approx.)
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons vinegar (white wine or apple)
175,79 Kcal
calories per serving
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  • Power 175,79 (Kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 16,49 (g) of which sugars 12,83 (g)
  • Proteins 1,92 (g)
  • Fat 11,78 (g) of which saturated 1,65 (g)of which unsaturated 0,14 (g)
  • Fibers 4,05 (g)
  • Sodium 106,18 (mg)

Indicative values for a portion of 180 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.

* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: https://www.crea.gov.it/alimenti-e-nutrizione https://www.alimentinutrizione.it ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov


1 Chopping Board
1 Knife
1 Pan non-stick, large with its lid
1 Tablespoon

How to prepare sweet and sour peppers according to the Italian recipe

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To make sweet and sour peppers, start by washing the peppers thoroughly. You can use the variety and color you prefer, but if you use both yellow and red peppers the final effect will be more beautiful.

Then dry and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the stem, seeds and white filaments. Then cut them into rather wide strips.

cut the bell peppers in to stripes for the italian sweet and sour peppers recipe

Peel the garlic clove, divide it in half and remove the central part, which is the most indigestible. Then brown it in oil in a large non-stick pan.

Now add the peppers and sauté them over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Salt them and add half a cup of hot water.

stew bell pepper according to the Italian recipe

Lower the heat to half, put the lid on and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 10 minutes, remove the lid and cook for another 4-5 minutes, so that the excess water disappears.

When the water has largely evaporated, raise the heat to high and sprinkle the sweet and sour peppers with sugar.

add sugar for the italian sweet and sour peppers recipe

Stir well to mix it with the peppers, then add the vinegar. Stir again and cook for a few seconds over high heat, until the strong vinegar smell has vanished.

the italian sweet and sour stewed peppers are ready

At this point, turn off the heat, remove the garlic and let it cool. When the sweet and sour peppers are cold, transfer them to a bowl, cover them with a lid or a sheet of plastic wrap and let them rest in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, taking care to take them out half an hour before consuming them.

There’s a wonderful video recipe of the italian sweet and sour bell pepper on my YouTube channel – like and follow!

How to store sweet and sour bell peppers

You can keep sweet and sour peppers in the fridge, closed in a glass container, for 4-5 days.

Tips and variations

If you prefer, you can use thinly sliced onion instead of garlic, to be sautéed over low heat before adding the peppers.

If you want to enrich the sweet and sour peppers, you can add a few black olives at the end of cooking.

As I said at the beginning, sweet and sour peppers can also be used to enrich and make other dishes special: try them for example with grilled chicken, or to give a special touch to a pasta salad.

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