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Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

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Crushed Red Pepper is a must in every kitchen (and on every pizzeria table in the U.S.). These chiles are about a 3 to 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10 and add a pleasant note of heat to any dish. Red pepper flakes are not made of one type of chile but from various combinations of ancho, bell, cayenne, and more. 


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Crushed Red Pepper Flakes Q & A


What are red pepper flakes?

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes are not made of one type of chile, but from various combinations of red (or ripened) chiles including ancho, bell, and cayenne.

What are red peppers good for?

The most popular use for this spice is as a pizza or pasta topping as well as in tomato sauce. It is also used in pickling, chowders, gumbos, sausage. They are also great in cream and cheese sauces, omelets, and marinades. Use about a ½ tsp. to equal the power of one small dried chile.

What can be substituted for red pepper flakes?

Though it won't have the flaky appearance, Cayenne Chile Powder can be substitued for Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to add heat to dishes, although slightly less should be used since ground cayenne is typically spicier. Crushed Aleppo Chiles are another great substitue that brings their own unique fruity notes along with a similar heat level.

Does crushed red pepper go bad?

Like all spices, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes will not spoil, but they will lose flavor and heat over time. This is because all spices contain as volatile oils which are composed of compounds that give spices their flavor. These compounds, like capsaicin in chiles, break down over time resulting in less intense flavor.

Cooking With Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


To bring out more flavor, bloom Crushed Red Pepper Flakes in oil over medium low heat before using.

Other Names


Red Pepper Flakes

Pizza Pepper