This gorgeous charred red pepper sauce is a staple for us whenever we make falafel. It is perfectly smoky, sweet and creamy. The best part is that it is super simple to make. Only requires a few ingredients.
- Red Bell Peppers
- Lemon Juice
- Olive oil
How to Make it Smoky?
The trick to getting that delicious smoky flavor into this sauce is broiling the red bell peppers to get that lovely char on them. I throw the garlic cloves in the same pan as the red bell peppers. This way the garlic does not have that raw garlic flavor. But you have to watch the garlic carefully, they will burn before the red bell peppers char!
The smoky flavor gets enhanced by the addition of the cumin. The cumin, softened garlic and charred red pepper really work wonderfully together here.
Once you get that char on the peppers, you can throw all of the other ingredients in a blender and whip it until its smooth! Thats really it! Store in container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve! The longest part is patiently waiting for the peppers to char. After that the hardest part is waiting to eat this sauce!
Heat Tip: This sauce is smoky and slightly sweet. If you’re looking for more heat in this sauce. Add in some chili garlic sauce, sriracha or just red chili powder as you blend everything together
What to serve this sauce with?
We love this charred red pepper sauce with falafels. The herb and turmeric falafels are so flavor packed that this silky smoky sauce is the perfect compliment. This red pepper sauce + the toasted sesame white sauce with falafels is the best combination!!
We also love to dip chicken meatballs into this beautiful sauce. Its also the perfect dip for a crudite platter or as a spread on any sandwich!
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 3 red bell peppers
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
- juice of lemon
- salt to taste
- Turn on your broil to high, allow to heat up while you prepare your ingredients. Prepare a baking sheet for the broiler by lining with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil spray.
- Cut the red bell peppers in half and remove the stems and seeds from the peppers.
- Arrange the peppers on the foil lined baking sheet, toss the garlic cloves into the pan. Drizzle the peppers and garlic with a little bit olive oil.
- Place the pan with the peppers and garlic into the broiler. Allow to broil for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes check on the garlic. Once the garlic starts to brown, remove from pan and set aside either in a bowl or straight into your blender.
- Flip the peppers after 10 minutes to make sure they are getting even cooking.
- Once the peppers have softened and charred, remove from broiler and place the peppers into the blender with the garlic.
- Add in the other ingredients: the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, cumin seeds, salt. Adjust the salt as needed. Blend until you get a smooth puree.
- Transfer the sauce into a container, refrigerate the sauce for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with falafels, meatballs or as a sandwich spread.