Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili


This little side dish or filler is related to the Cooked To Death Peppers, but is a lot faster to make and less oily. It doesn’t keep as long as Cooked To Death, but will be ok for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. It’s a nice bright color and flavor accent in a bento. Since it doesn’t keep as long, I make this in small quantities.

Recipe: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

  • 1 large sweet bell pepper (red is ideal but you could use yellow, orange or even green)
  • 1/2 red chili pepper, de-seeded
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dash of soy sauce

Cut the bell pepper into small chunks or strips. Chop the chili pepper finely.

Heat up a frying pan with the oil. Add the peppers and sauté briefly until the peppers turn a brighter color and are coated with the oil.

Add about 1/2 cup of water, and bring to a boil. Add the maple syrup. Boil rapidly until the moisture is just about gone and syrupy and the peppers are cooked. Add salt and pepper, and a dash of soy sauce.

Keeps for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

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Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

Mmm yum, something to do with red peppers ^_^ I had one lying around in the fridge and didn't know what to do with it (my mother certainly wasn't, I'm not really sure why it was in there to start with, since neither of us is a big fan of bell peppers). The maple syrup combo sounds really interesting (yuuuuummmm maple syrup) so I'm gonna go try it out right now :)

Ok, this is a keeper XD Maki you have succeeded in making me eat bell peppers! I always used to be rather iffy about that taste so particular to bell peppers, but this combination of the maple syrup and the soy sauce makes them so much more agreeable to eat ^_^ Hee, I couldn't help sneaking some earlier, even though I'm supposed to be leaving it for lunch tomorrow ^^'
I did cut out the chilli, because I'm not really one for any sort of spiciness but it was still great.

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

This is amazing! I love how you first taste the sweetness of the maple syrup and then the heat of the chili creeps up on you. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand, so I kinda made it up as I went.

We had a green bell pepper in the fridge for dinner so I used about a third of it. Mom doesn't really like bell pepper so she didn't mind if some went missing. One third of a bell pepper isn't much so I decided to cut up a bit of red onion we had lying around and added it along with some baby white pearl mushrooms.
I also didn't have a chili pepper, so I just used red pepper flakes. I did, thankfully, have maple syrup!

It turned out wonderful! Mom also really liked it, even though it had bell pepper in it!

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

It's always great to hear when a recipe went well for someone :) Thanks for the feedback!

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

I totally missed this post! I can't wait to try this recipe - love sweet & spicy together and it seems I always end up with a lone red pepper that needs some love!

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

I'm not a great vegetable lover so i'm trying to get some into my diet and as this sounded like it would taste sweet i thought i would give it a go.

Although i had no Chili to hand, so I used a bit of chili powder, which i dont think really worked.
I'm not sure tbh. I think maybe its a grower. Do you think you could use Golden Syrup instead of Maple because i think maybe its the Maple syrup i'm not so keen on, although i know golden syrup is so thick :/

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

Well, the sweetener is not supposed to mask the flavors of the bell peppers, so if you don't like red peppers in the first place, you may not like this recipe. And sure, if you don't like maple syrup you won't like this either. You can try it with other sweeteners, sure, even plain sugar. But again...this is not a candied pepper recipe by any means.

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

Oh wow this looks heavenly! I love combining sweetness with spicyness, and red bell peppers are one of my favorite vegetables!

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

I think i'll be trying this tonight with a bit of honey instead. maybe a bit of green onion too. There is just so much you can do with a good pepper it is hard to decide :D

Re: Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili

I made this last week and my family loved it! I received rave comments from them when they came home. (^^)

As I cannot take too spicy food, I omitted the chili. I also used 200 gm of mixed small bell peppers (red, yellow, orange) and used honey as I did not have maple syrup.

Not sure if it was due to the bell peppers I used being very sweet, but personally I found it a bit too sweet for me (and I'm a sweet tooth). Next time, I will use just 1 teaspoon of honey.

Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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