Shishito Pepper Stir Fry

Shishito Pepper Stirfry #shishitopepper #stirfry #glutenfree

I am still getting lots of shishito peppers in my farm box. I decided it was time to stir fry them. Shishito peppers are very mild. One in ten may be a little spicy, but after working with three pints of these peppers, I have yet to bite into a spicy one.

My kids love stir fries with noodles because it reminds them of dishes they eat out in restaurants. I found a new type of gluten free noodle at our Asian market, Lion Grocery Store. Have you seen these potato and pea starch vermicilli noodles around?

potato and pea vermicilli vermicilli ingred

I love trying new foods that I find are gluten free. My kids never suspected these weren’t a regular vermicilli noodle. When shopping at an Asian grocery store, it is important to check ingredients carefully. Most labels should have ingredients in English. If they don’t, just ask someone who works there to translate.

These noodles are simple to cook, and they absorb flavor from any sauce you use.

vermicilli cook

Follow the directions on the package for cooking vermicilli. Each brand requires different cooking time depending on noodle thickness.


Shishito peppers with stems removed.


Tofu cooking in oil.

stir fry veg

Broccoli and shiitake mushrooms.

red curry

This is what the red curry paste I use looks like. It is pretty spicy, so if you don’t want a lot of spice, use 1/2 teaspoon.

shishito pepper stirfry horiz

Shishito Pepper Stir Fry
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
  • 1 container tofu
  • 1 package vermicilli noodles
  • 1 pint shishito peppers stems removed
  • 1 cup broccoli chopped
  • 1 package fresh shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (make sure it is gluten free not all rice vinegars are.)
  • 4 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons light oil to fry tofu
  • pepper to taste
  1. Take tofu out of package and wrap in a towel. Put a jar or something heavy on top to press all water out.
  2. Let tofu sit in press for 30 minutes.
  3. Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
  4. Chop broccoli and mushrooms.
  5. Remove stems from shishito peppers.
  6. In a small bowl, add all sauce ingredients.
  7. Unwrap tofu and cut into 1 inch squares.
  8. Toss cornstarch with tofu cubes to coat.
  9. When water is boiling, add vermicilli and cook to package instructions.
  10. Dump vermicilli into a strainer and rinse with cool water to halt the cooking process.
  11. In a wok, heat light oil.
  12. When oil is hot, add tofu cubes and cook 3-4 minutes on each side.
  13. When tofu is crispy on each side, remove from pan onto paper towels to absorb extra oil.
  14. In a large pan, heat sesame oil on medium high heat.
  15. Add shishito peppers and cook for 5 minutes, tossing to cook each side.
  16. Add other vegetables and cook until slightly tender.
  17. Add sauce, noodles, and tofu.
  18. Lower heat to simmer and cook for 8 minutes, or until vegetables are done.

Yummy Dinner Ideas 🙂

Gluten Free Shishito Pepper Asian Stir Fry. Recipe at




  1. Sandi, that looks amazing. I’m going to go see if my Asian grocery store has those noodles and make this soon. Thanks!

  2. Heaven right there in a bowl. I’m not the biggest tofu fan, so if you don’t mind, I’ll swap it out for some good ole chicken. BTW, I hate math. I apparently can’t add for your captcha because I did subtraction and it said “try again person incapable of doing math.” LOL

    • LOL I often have to think about the math in that captcha as well, especially before my first cup of coffe 🙂 That being said, it definitely cuts down on the amount of spam. Chicken or even shrimp would be a great substitution for tofu. My husband is not crazy about tofu, but every now and then I forget to defrost a meat and so tofu it is.

  3. This looks amazing!! I am always looking for great vegetarian dishes and the picture is so mouthwatering I am going to have to try it asap!

  4. Looks really good! I would definitely try this out.

  5. You have a fantastic recipe here. There was a Chinese restaurant in NYC that served something similar to this. Now, I am craving it! Love your recipe.

  6. Stir fry dishes like this have become a go-to meal for our family the last few weeks. I can’t wait to try it!

  7. I think I’ve said it before, but I wish we were neighbors, so I could eat your food! LOL

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