Cultured Red Capsicum Pesto

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I get so excited when capsicums are in season because there’s so much we can make with these sweet babies.

One of my favourite ways to enjoy them is to make cultured capsicum pesto. Not only is this such an easy recipe to make, but there are so many variations that make it easily adaptable and equally delicious!

  • No sauerkraut handy? A tangy kombucha or water kefir will work too.
  • Instead of adding coriander, parsley is an incredibly yummy alternative.
  • No cashews? Almonds, walnuts, or even sunflower seeds are a great substitute.
  • Turn this pesto into a hummus by adding 1 cup of cooked chickpeas!
  • Serving this to a spice lover? Add a couple of tablespoons of hot sauce or sambal!

Enjoy this dip mixed into sauces, with cheese and crackers, or, as pictured, with Kombucha Battered Veggie Tempura. Mmmm… this is also amazing on pizzas, eggs, roasted veggies or even straight out of the jar!

I was delighted to chat to Kate O’Toole at ABC Radio about this recipe and our love of ferments in general. To listen to our conversation, click here.

Cultured Red Capsicum Pesto


  • 8 red capsiums halved & deseeded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander or parsley
  • 1 tbsp smoked garlic kraut or kimchi juice or raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 handful cashews or almonds roasted
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven at 240°C.
  • Arrange halved capsicums on a baking tray and bake them for 20 minutes or until the skin is blistered and slightly blackened.
  • Remove from oven and cover with a tea towel. Set aside for 20 minutes.  This will make removing the skin a whole lot easier. Once the capsicums are cooled, remove the skin while saving as much of the juices as possible.
  • To a blender or food processor, add in capsicum flesh & juices with all the rest of the ingredients except for salt and pepper. Purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To make it a chunky dip, add the nuts after pureeing the dip and blend only for a few seconds. 
  • Transfer dip into a jar and allow to sit out for 1/2 a day. Refrigerate when ready and enjoy within 2 weeks. 

If you’re interested in more exciting recipes, take a look at our recipe book.

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