So you found shishito peppers at your farmer’s market or store and you don’t know what to do with them?
Here are 8 unique and tasty shishito pepper recipes to help get you started. All of these recipes are easy to prepare; perfect for beginners!
What are Shishito Peppers?
Up until a year ago, I had no idea what shishito peppers were. Friends of ours all met us for dinner one night in downtown Campbell. (There weren’t a ton of gluten-free appetizers on the menu, so we decided to give these shishito peppers a try.) The shishito peppers were fire roasted with chunks of garlic.
Can I say YUM any louder? We inhaled those peppers so quickly I think our waitress was surprised :-).
I love peppers, but for some reason, I always walked right by them. Now I know exactly how to have fun with these fun little peppers in my kitchen. Shishito peppers are incredibly versatile and work in so many different kinds of recipes.
How do you cook shishito peppers?
I like to cook my shishito peppers two ways. First, if I am using shishito peppers in a recipe, I tend to fire roast them in a grill basket. If I plan to eat shishito pepper straight, I will pan sauté the peppers with garlic and oil in a cast iron skillet.
Eating these straight out of the pan almost seems boring in comparison to these 8 fabulous, and highly creative pepper recipes!
Fun Shishito Pepper Facts
- Are shishito peppers spicy? Not into spicy?? Not to worry. They say only 1 in 10 shishito peppers is spicy. (*I will add I have yet to find a spicy one. I haven’ t even broken out into a sweat over one.)
- Shishito peppers can be eaten raw like any pepper, but they are more fun to use in recipes when they are cooked.
- Shishito peppers can be fire roasted on a grill or pan-fried.
- You can eat the whole pepper, but I highly recommend not eating the top.
- Can you eat the seeds of shishito peppers? Absolutely!
Where to buy them? You would be surprised how many stores now carry these peppers.
- farmer’s markets
- grocery stores
- Trader Joe’s even carries them year-round in their refrigerated produce section!
Look at this cool surprise! Shishito peppers also come in a vibrant red color! I only found these once this year, but their flavor was incredible!
I couldn’t resist making a Red Shishito Pepper Soup out of them!
Are you ready to try some delicious easy gluten-free shishito pepper recipes?
Here is what to do with shishito peppers:
Sautéed Chicken with Shishito Pepper Sauce Over Cheesy Polenta This is a fancy dinner recipe that is made to impress! Cheesy polenta and shishito peppers are a match made in heaven. Add chicken for protein and you have a delicious meal.
This is a fun soup that is perfect for a hot summer day. This soup is served cold and has a fruity flavor with a spicy kick. Since shishito peppers aren’t too spicy, I added jalapeños. You can control the heat with this recipe by how many jalapeños you add!
Chilled Shishito Soup This cold shishito pepper soup was my very first introduction to these peppers. There is a tangy spice to this soup, making it perfect for someone who loves bold flavors.
In this recipe, the peppers are cooked before being added to the blender. I roasted the shishito peppers in a grill basket for this recipe.
Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Cream Sauce Blister these little peppers. This is the most common way to eat shishitos. You can vary the sauces, or just blister the peppers with garlic and salt!
Heirloom Tomato and Shishito Pepper Gazpacho I know, another cold soup…I can’t help it. It gets so hot here in the Bay Area! Trust me when I say to blend the flavors of sweet ripe heirloom tomatoes with shishito peppers.
Shishito Peppers I love this simple preparation. These peppers are cooked in a hot cast iron skillet with lots of minced garlic and oil. Go ahead and eat them seeds and all. Just don’t eat the stem!
Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with a Picada Sauce Another fancy way to cook shishito peppers. Here these peppers bring this cauliflower side dish to life.
Shishito Pepper and Tofu Stir Fry These peppers are also delicious in stir frys….add them in for a peppery flavor.
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