Easily Blistered Shishito Peppers

You can't go wrong with these Blistered Shishito Peppers as an appetizer. They're a breeze to whip up, too. Most are mild, but one in ten may be a pleasant surprise. They are lightly seasoned and have a faint smoke flavor.  

Do any of you fancy a round of Russian roulette?

Except for one rare occasion, shishito peppers have a mild flavor.

About one in ten shishito peppers is said to be baby devil spicy Not quite as scorching as the rest of its family Peppers that are exposed to more sunlight or higher temperatures during cultivation typically have a spicier flavor.

In other words, you'll recognize it when you see it.

On a recent date night, my husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in town. In our usual fashion, we ordered a bunch of appetizers to share and try a little bit of everything. Foods like oysters, pork shoulder, bluefish pate, brick-baked chicken, and shishito peppers are staples at this house.

After eating just one bite, Rick's eyes started to water. The thought of eating this babe makes me queasy." I had already devoured three by this point and had to ask him, "Are you crazy? ”

And at that point, our waitress stepped up and asked, "How's everything?" How about a sizzling one? ”


Green shishito peppers are skinny and wrinkled with papery skin. Flavors are mildly sweet, and the texture is light.

Akin to a bag of potato chips Having just one is impossible.

This variety of pepper is widely available in supermarkets, Asian markets, and farmer's markets. They recently began selling them at the Trader Joe's near me, so that's a nice added bonus.

Making blistered Shishito peppers is a breeze. Make charred, blistered potatoes by rubbing them with oil and throwing them onto a hot skillet or grill. Then, simply season them with salt and whatever else tickles your taste buds, and you have the ideal appetizer.

The addition of fresh lemon juice is one of my favorite serving methods. I like to add a little togarashi, too (though it's not necessary).

The red peppers in togarashi are a traditional Japanese blend. Red chili powder or flakes, black pepper, sesame seeds, dried mandarin orange peel, nori seaweed flakes, hemp seeds, and poppy seeds are common ingredients; other spices may be added depending on the manufacturer. It can be purchased in many Asian markets and on the internet. Typically used to add a distinctive flavor to Asian noodle and yakitori dishes, it has a wonderful flavor all its own.

These cute peppers are a great snack for summer get-togethers and barbecues. Pick up the peppers by the stem and eat them whole.

What You Need to Know About Preparing Shishito Peppers

  • Medium-high heat should be applied to a large cast-iron skillet, grill, or grill pan.
  • Peppers should be cooked in a single layer until they have a slight char.


  • Try substituting sesame oil for the olive oil.
  • Serve them with lime juice or a little soy sauce instead of lemon juice.
  • Add some bonito flakes for some umami kick and serve.
  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top before serving.


Do Shishito Peppers Have Heat?

In terms of heat, shishitos are a step up from green bell peppers but on par with jalapenos. The Scoville heat units of shishito peppers are between 100 and 1,000. Therefore, roughly 10% of shishito peppers will have a high heat level.

Is There a Difference Between Padrón and Shishito Peppers?

Similarities between shishito and padron peppers are widespread. When compared to padron peppers, shishitos are longer and thinner. Padrons can sometimes be a tad spicier than shishito peppers. Spiciness can be expected in about 2% of padron peppers for every 10% of shishito peppers.

I was wondering if shishito peppers could be eaten raw.

Despite the fact that they can be consumed raw, most people prefer to cook them to soften the skins. Flavorful toppings can be added after they have been blistered.

What about the stems of shishito peppers?

No In this case, you shouldn't eat the stems. When I serve them, I always have a small bowl on the side for the stems to go into.

Should shishito peppers be refrigerated?

Refrigeration is unnecessary for shishito peppers. However, if you put them in the refrigerator's crisper drawer, they will keep for much longer.

When refrigerated, how long do shishito peppers last?

There is a 10- to 14-day shelf life in the fridge for peppers, depending on their freshness when you bought them.

Is it safe to eat shishito peppers?

Yes Incredible, considering how high in fiber and low in calories this tiny pepper is. Vitamins A, C, and E are abundant in shishito peppers.

Recipes for Dipping Shishito Peppers

Pick a sauce from among these delicious options:

  • Aioli
  • Toum Sauce, Garlic
  • Sauce for Dipping that's Nice and Creamy
  • Lime and Cilantro Cream Sauce

Dish Recipes, Part Deux:

To Accompany Shishito Peppers That Have Been Blistered,

Blistered Shishito Peppers and Their Complementary Wines

  • Wine lovers can't go wrong with a Sauvignon Blanc, a light and refreshing white wine with grassy undertones that pairs beautifully with these small bites.
  • The Spanish Rioja red wine is a light and food-friendly option that goes great with tapas.

Have you made these Shishito peppers from scratch?

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  • 1/2 pound peppers that are called shishito in Japan (cleaned and patted dry)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon togarashi (optional)
  • Granulated ocean salt (like Maldon or fleur de sel)
  • 1 lemon "(divided into wedges)"
  • In a medium bowl, toss the peppers with the olive oil and set aside.
  • Prepare a medium-high flame in a large, heavy pan.  
  • Place the peppers in a single layer in the hot skillet, saving the bowl they came in.
  • Cover the pan and cook over high heat for about 4 minutes, until the peppers are charred and blistered.
  • Toss the peppers with the togarashi and salt, then return them to the bowl. The peppers would benefit from a bit of lemon juice. Immediately serve
  • Heat your grill to medium-high.  
  • Grill the peppers in a single layer in a grill basket when the grill is hot. (Another option is to skewer the peppers.) )
  • Turning occasionally, grill the peppers for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until charred and blistered.
  • Add togarashi and salt, and then toss the peppers back into the bowl. Peppers can be made tangier by adding a squeeze of lemon. Immediately serve
You can buy Togarashi at any Asian grocery store or order it online.
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Calories: 55 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Fat: 3 g | Sodium: 4 mg | Potassium: 177 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 650 IU | Vitamin C: 81.6 mg | Calcium: 14 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg

The original version of this recipe was shared in May of 2015. In July of 2022, new images and frequently asked questions were added. Nothing has changed from the original recipe. Enjoy  

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