5-Minute Paleo Romesco

What is Romesco?

You know the saying ignorance is bliss? I am sure you can recall a time when you were going about your life perfectly happy until you are introduced to something that made you starkly aware of what exactly you had been missing. Once this revelation has occurred, you can’t go back to your once seemingly happy life and be content. This new exposure must now become part of your life, or you will forever be living in discontent trying to fill a void in your life that you are now painfully aware of.

For me, this revelation has happened twice. When I met my fiance, and when I first tasted romesco. Comparable in importance, I would argue.  I could go into a long romantic (and rather funny) tale about how I met Kevin, but I think I will save that tangent for another time. The real story here is my history with romesco.

Romesco is a red pepper and nut sauce that originated in Spain, and was created by a Spanish fisherman to add flavor to fish.  I hadn’t heard of this sauce until I started doing Sun Basket. It was during a particularly busy time in our lives when I was in the tail end of master’s degree and a particularly grueling internship. We were not finding much time to actually cook our meals, and a friend had recommended this meal service. The meals were paleo based, and gluten free. They were an excellent way to add variety to our diet and ease to our lives at the time. In one of the meals came a little container of bright red sauce called romesco. I tried it and was instantly obsessed with making it myself.
5-minute Paleo Romesco

5-Minutes Paleo Romesco

I would argue that this is possibly the most perfect romesco. Traditionally, this sauce contains stale bread, but I omitted that to keep it paelo-friendly. I feel like none of the flavor was sacrificed. By using jarred roasted bell peppers, you can make this recipe in 5 minutes flat. You can certainly roast bell peppers if you would like to. Fresh roasted bell pepper add a degree of smokiness and complexity to the recipe, but jarred bell peppers are certainly a delicious and easy alternative. This 5-minute paleo romesco can be used to top white fish, chicken, vegetables, or pasta.

Not sure what jarred roasted bell peppers look like?

Here is an idea –>
Click on the photo and it will take you to the cheapest bell peppers I was able to find on Amazon (3-pack with free shipping), but I think they are generally about the same price or maybe even a bit cheaper at the grocery store. They can be found near the tomato sauces or near the sundried tomatoes in the produce isle depending on your grocer.

5-minute Paleo Romesco


5-Minute Paleo Romesco

This creamy and flavorful red pepper sauce is great on top of fish or chicken.

Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 14 2 tbsp servings


  • 1 12 oz jar roasted bell peppers, drained about 2 large peppers
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper


  1. Add all ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

  2. Put into a bowl and incorporate the olive oil. Stir well. 

  3. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

5-minute Paleo Romesco