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6 April 2014

Learn how to easily rehydrate dried chili peppers for a number of different recipes and applications.

Rehydrating dried chili peppers is simple, and a great way to incorporate chili peppers into your meal. Dried chili peppers offer up HUGE, MASSIVE flavor, and they deliver in a way that fresh chili peppers don’t.

The process of drying them changes and intensifies their flavors, deepening them, which all goes into your final dish. Dried peppers can be ground to powders for widely used seasoning blends, but when you rehydrate them, you can incorporate them into sauces, soups, stews and so much more for tastes you will never forget.

How to Rehydrate Dried Chili Peppers – The Method

While you can simple toss them into hot water and let them steep, a better way is as follows:

  1. Scoop out the insides of the dried pods with a knife. You can do this step after they are rehydrated, but I like to trim it out while dry. If you find this difficult, scoop out the innards later.
  2. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat and dry roast the peppers about 30-60 seconds per side. They will become slightly puffy and fragrant. This step is optional.
  3. Set peppers into an oven proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Use just enough to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your peppers.
  4. Remove from water and use as needed.

NOTE: The water used to rehydrate the peppers is useful. Nutrients from the peppers will seep into the water, so save the water for your recipe if you’d like.

Why Dry Toast the Peppers Before Rehydrating Them? Is it Necessary?

Toasting the chili peppers before you rehydrate them is not required, but lightly toasting them in a dry pan will help to release the oils from the chili pepper skins, adding another layer of flavor to your finished meal.

Give it a try and see if it makes a difference if your recipe.

Try These Popular Recipes That Use Rehydrated Chili Peppers

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

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How to Rehydrate Dried Chili Peppers
How to Rehydrate Dried Chili Peppers - Recipe and Instructions
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Learn how to easily rehydrate dried chili peppers for a number of different recipes and applications.

Rehydrating dried chili peppers is simple, and a great way to incorporate chili peppers into your meal. While you can simple toss them into hot water and let them steep, a better way is as follows:

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dehydrator, dried peppers
Servings: 10
Calories: 146 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chili peppers dried
Instructions
  1. Scoop out the insides of the dried pods with a knife. You can do this step after they are rehydrated, but I like to trim it out while dry. If you find this difficult, scoop out the innards later.
  2. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat and dry roast the peppers about 30-60 seconds per side. They will become slightly puffy and fragrant.
  3. Set peppers into an oven proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Use just enough to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your peppers.
  4. Remove from water and use as needed.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The water used to rehydrate the peppers is useful. Nutrients from the peppers will seep into the water, so save the water for your recipe if you'd like.

Nutrition Facts
How to Rehydrate Dried Chili Peppers - Recipe and Instructions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Potassium 848mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 18g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 240.3%
Vitamin C 17.3%
Calcium 2%
Iron 15.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

8 comments

  1. Thank you for this recipe! I am having a small dinner party tomorrow night and plan to make San Bei Ji (Three Cup Chicken). I don’t think I’ll have time to reconstitute my Thai chile peppers before the party. Can I reconstitute them a day ahead of time? What is the best way to store them once reconstituted? Thank you in advance!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      You’re very welcome, Kristen! Glad I could help. Yes, you can reconstitute the peppers a day ahead of time. Just rehydrate as directed, then store them in the fridge in an airtight container, without the liquid. Now I need to make some San Bei Ji! Enjoy!

  2. Awesome video, thanks for the tips! I’m an avid grower myself but more for my beef jerky and salsa. My family recently asked for ghost pepper jerky. Without booting a couple other peppers in my hydroponics farm and winter coming on, have you heard of anywhere you can buy fresh not dried ghost peppers? I’ve recently tried dehydrated and it just didn’t seem to do the trick. Cheers

    REPLY: Josh, you can try to contact some of the plants/seeds people in my Resources pages, but it will depend on the time of year. Or, try some of the growing groups in Facebook. Lots of people selling pods. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  3. I advise using a toaster oven if you have one. It keeps you from burning the parts of the chilis touching the pan

  4. Jordan Metalious

    Is it possible to rehydrated dried ghost peppers with whisky

    REPLY: Jordan, any liquid, really, will rehydrate the peppers. That sure would make them potent! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  5. Kyle Meunier

    Awesome shirt video! I dehydrate all my peppers and use them that way. Will definitely try this!!

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