How to Sauté Jalapenos

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Jalapenos come with a balanced combination of heat and flavor, and they are one of the most popular chili peppers in the entire world! You can find them in different sizes and heat levels, and the number of recipes in which jalapenos can be used is also countless.

If you love jalapenos and are looking for an easy way to sauté them, then you have come to the right place. This article shows you how to sauté jalapenos step by step.


How to Sauté Jalapenos

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  • 1 pound of Jalapenos
  • 3 cups of cooking oil
  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (additional)
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of breadcrumbs
  • 5 teaspoons of salt

Optional Ingredients

  • Lime juice
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder


Step-by-Step Method to Sauté Jalapenos

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Step 1: Heat Up the Cooking Oil

Pour cooking oil into a frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.


Step 2: Make the Batter

Mix the egg, milk, and flour in a large bowl and stir it gently until it’s fully mixed. You can also add a bit of lime juice if you want.


Step 3: Make the Breading

Place breadcrumbs, additional flour (3 tablespoons), and salt in your choice of container and stir the mixture properly. You can also add some other spices, such as chili powder, paprika, or garlic if desired.


Step 4: Slice Your Jalapenos

Cut your jalapenos into small slices.


Step 5: Batter Your Jalapeno Peppers

Dip each individual jalapeno slice into the batter one at a time. You’ll need to make sure that you properly coat each pepper. Adding multiple jalapenos simultaneously will increase the likelihood of not coating all the peppers properly.


Step 6: Coat the Battered Peppers with Breading

Once you have battered all the jalapeno peppers, it’s time to coat them with your breading mix. Repeat the same process and do it with each individual piece one at a time.

During this process, you might feel that your breading material is becoming too moist or clumpy. In that case, you can add some pinches of flour to the breading material to break down the clumps. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt that will not only adjust the flavor but it’ll also soak up some moisture.


Step 7: Start Sautéing Your Jalapenos

Now it’s time to start the sautéing process by placing coated peppers into the hot oil. Be extra gentle and careful while doing so to avoid splash-back.

Make sure your jalapenos don’t touch each other while on the skillet because they could stick together. It’ll take about 3 to 5 minutes to sauté your jalapenos, and they will turn crispy and golden brown.

After that, you’ll need to remove them from the stovetop by using long tongs. Then you can repeat the same process for the remaining coated jalapenos.


Step 8: Let the Jalapenos Cool

Place the sauteed jalapenos on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Let cool for about 2 minutes or so before eating.


Important Tips

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  • It’s important to wear latex gloves from start to end of this process, especially if your skin is extra sensitive.
  • Let some air into your kitchen by opening the windows, especially if you’re dealing with sliced jalapenos to dilute the fumes. It’s an important step if you don’t want to hurt your eyes.
  • Even the mild jalapeno contains a good amount of capsaicin compound, and you don’t want to touch your face or eye while following the method discussed above. After sautéing the jalapenos, remove the gloves and wash your hands properly before touching your face.


Are Jalapeno Peppers Healthy?

Jalapenos are loaded with potassium and multiple vitamin types, such as C, K, B, and A. They also offer some amount of carotene that fights against the cell damage in your body. Most of these benefits come from the capsaicin compound, which is also responsible for the burning sensation.



Can You Eat Jalapeno Seeds?

Yes! They are not harmful and actually contain some of the heat from the pepper.


Does Freezing Jalapenos Make Them Hotter?

Freezing jalapenos can actually make them milder. The freezing process can break down the capsaicin in the pepper, which is what makes it spicy.


How Many Fresh Jalapenos Are In A Pound?

There are around 25-30 average-sized jalapenos in a pound.


How To Mince Jalapeno Peppers

To mince jalapeno peppers, first, remove the stem and seeds. Then, finely chop the pepper into small pieces.


Are Green Chiles The Same As Jalapenos?

Green chiles and jalapenos are similar but not the same. Green chiles are milder and larger than jalapenos.


Are Jalapenos A Fruit?

Yes, jalapenos are a fruit and are classified as a berry.


Do Jalapenos Turn Red?

Yes, jalapenos turn red as they mature. When jalapenos are first harvested, they are green. As they ripen, they turn yellow, then orange, and finally red.


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