Save money and time by learning how to freeze peppers and onions. Frozen peppers and onions can be used in a breakfast hash or cooked with steak slices or chicken cutlets for an easy dinner like fajitas or stir fry. This is a great way to avoid wasting extra peppers and onions.

A bag of sliced bell peppers and onions

Freezing Peppers & Onions

Peppers and onions are a great addition to many meals. You can often buy them in bulk or marked down for a great deal. But, as fresh peppers tend to go bad really quickly, this post shares how how to prep and freeze sweet peppers and onions!

Even if you aren’t a big meal prepper, I guarantee that having these ingredients on hand and ready to go will be a big time saver (see all my other meal prep tips for beginners).

Whole onions and bell peppers

How-To Steps

Step One

Slice onions from root to tip, then slice off a bit of the top to get a clean edge. This will let you easily peel off the skin. If freezing in halves, cut off the root end.

Sliced onion on a cutting board

Slice peppers in half, cut off the stem, and remove seeds and ribs. You can use red peppers or green peppers, or any color of sweet bell pepper that you like. I would skip the hot peppers as they aren’t as versatile as the sweet ones.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Sliced bell peppers on a cutting board

Step Two

Lay out halves on a parchment-lined baking sheet or cookie sheet. Freeze for 8-12 hours – this ensures they will be individually frozen and not stuck together.

Sliced onions ready to freeze

Step Three

Label zip-top freezer bags with item and date, then add fully frozen produce.

A bag of sliced bell peppers

Pro Tips

  • Feel free to slice or dice your onions and peppers into smaller pieces if you like – keeping bags of various sizes means you are ready for any recipe.
  • Have a food processor? You can use the dicing disk to make quick work of this prep work!
  • No matter the shape of your peppers and onions, be sure and freeze them in a single layer first before putting them into a heavy duty freezer bag or any other type of airtight container or vacuum-sealed bag.
  • Looks for fresh bell peppers and onions in the produce section of your local grocery store or at the farmers market.

FAQs

Can you freeze raw peppers?

Raw peppers are easy to freeze without the work of blanching them. You can likely still eat them raw once thawed without losing too much texture.

How long do frozen peppers and onion last in the freezer?

Both should last nicely for 10-12 months – the key to getting them to last longer is to get as much air out of the bag as possible each time you seal it.

How do you freeze cooked peppers and onions?

Freeze cooked peppers and onions the same way you would do with raw ones. Let them cool down after cooking, lay them in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze for 8-12 hours before placing them in a zip-top bag for long-term storage.

Recipes Using Frozen Bell Peppers and Onions

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sheet pan of sliced peppers and onions

How to Freeze Peppers and Onions


Description

Save money and time by learning how to freeze peppers and onions. Frozen peppers and onions can be used in a breakfast hash or cooked with steak slices or chicken cutlets for an easy dinner like fajitas. This is a great way to avoid wasting extra peppers and onions.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 whole onions (red, white, yellow)
  • 2 whole sweet bell peppers (any color)

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry produce.
  2. Slice onions at least in half, or go ahead and slice or dice to desired “recipe ready” format.
  3. Slice peppers in half and discard seeds and ribs. Slice and dice to desired shape.
  4. Freeze in a single layer on a parchment-lined sheet for 8-12 hours.
  5. Once frozen, add to labeled and dated zip-top freezer bags for long term storage.
  6. Use in any recipe for easy meal prep!

Notes

  1. Freezing in a single layer first ensures they don’t all stick together in the bag.
  2. Gently press your zip-top bag after filling to remove as much air as possible out of the bag before freezing.
  3. Store in the freezer for 10-12 months.
  4. To save even more time, feel free to slice or dice your onions and peppers – keeping bags of various sizes means you are ready for any recipe, whether it is soup or fajitas.
  5. Have a food processor? You can use the dicing disk to make quick work of this prep work!
  • Category: Healthy
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: freezing bell peppers, freezing onions, frozen peppers and onions

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