These pan-roasted shishito peppers make a simple and delicious appetizer. These little peppers have the best flavor; luckily, only one in ten is spicy! You can oven roast, air fry, or pan-fry them and serve them in under 15 minutes!

A bowl of pan fried shishito peppers on a wooden table.

Have you seen those bins of shishito peppers at your local farmer’s market? If you haven’t seen them, these Japanese peppers should come soon because they are all the rage!

You will also find that many grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s, are starting to carry them in the refrigerated produce section. Here are some of my favorite shishito pepper recipes to try when you find these peppers.

What Are Shishito Peppers?

Shishito peppers are tiny, bright green peppers that originally came from Japan. They are considered sweet peppers and are very mild. Although they are mild, they say one in 10 are actually spicy.

Part of the fun is eating the peppers to look for the spicy ones. Eating these peppers is like a game of Roulette—you never know which is the spicy one!

red shishito peppers in a basket.

You will often see green shishitos, but I recently found out they can come in a vibrant red color, too! (Check out this delicious Red Shishito Pepper Soup I made with them!)

Shishitos make a great side dish or appetizer and can also be part of the main dish.

Shishito peppers at the farmer's market in little baskets.

These peppers are easy to eat. You grab them by the stem and bite the pepper off the stem. I know it sounds weird, but you eat the seeds and all. We toss the stems, but I would say don’t toss them on the ground if you have pets. Our friend’s dog got really sick from the stems.

What we love about shishito peppers:

  1. You can get these peppers all year, meaning this easy appetizer is no longer just something to enjoy in the summer.
  2. Shishito peppers are very versatile and work in many recipes. I share five easy ways to cook and enjoy shishito peppers below.
  3. You can enjoy the blistered peppers plain with some lemon juice, sea salt, and a little oil, or dip them in a creamy dipping sauce or soy sauce.
  4. They cook in just a matter of minutes. All you need is 10 minutes.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Step 1: Gently wash the shishito peppers. Do not remove the stems. Pat them dry with a paper towel.

Step 2: Heat avocado or another high-heat oil in a 12″ large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Because you are roasting these peppers at temperature, you must use an oil with a high smoke point. I typically use avocado oil or canola oil for this. I do not recommend using olive oil. When the pan is hot, toss in the shishito peppers whole.

Step 3: Add the peppers in a single layer in the pan. Toss to coat in the oil.

Step 4: Cook the peppers, stirring occasionally, until they develop a nice char. This blackened blister helps give these peppers a sweeter taste. The peppers soften as they blister, making them so good!

shishito peppers in a skillet with charred lemon.

Step 5: As the peppers blister, I like to add some lemon, minced garlic, and flaky salt. The garlic gets nice and crispy around the peppers. You can toss in some sesame seeds, onions, or diced shallots, too if you like!

More Ways to Cook Shishito Peppers:

These little mild peppers can be cooked in several ways. Shishito peppers can be cooked in many ways, including:

  • Pan-frying
  • On a grill – Add them to a grill basket (see above!) and toss them onto the grill!
  • Baked in an oven
  • Sautéd
  • Air fry them!! They come out perfect every time!
  • Pickle them!

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers:

Another fun way to cook shishitos is in an air fryer. Cooking your shishito peppers in an air fryer is so easy, and you get the same delicious charred flavor.

  1. Spray a high-heat oil in the air fryer basket.
  2. Fill the bottom of the air fryer with washed shishito peppers. Leave the stems on! Do not overfill the air fryer so that air can circulate around the peppers.
  3. Spray them with more oil and dust with salt.
  4. Air fry them at 400º F for 7-8 minutes.
  5. I love to drizzle garlic butter over the charred shishito peppers for more flavor!
Shishito peppers in a grill basket.
Blistered shishito peppers in a grill basket.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do shishito peppers keep fresh?

Cooked shishito peppers will keep fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Store them in an air-tight container.

What do you eat roasted shishito peppers with?

You can eat shishito peppers as an appetizer or with a meal like steak or seafood.

Can you eat shishito peppers raw?

You can eat these peppers raw, but they taste better charred with salt and oil.

Do you need to refrigerate shishito peppers?

Uncooked shishito peppers should be stored in the produce bin in your refrigerator to keep fresh.

If you love shishito peppers as much as we do, how about trying this Chilled Shishito Pepper Soup recipe?

More Easy Pepper Recipes:

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A large white bowl of pan fried shishito peppers on a wooden table.

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Garlic

Sandi Gaertner
An easy roasted shishito pepper and garlic recipe. It makes a delicious appetizer
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24 peppers
Calories 9 kcal

Equipment

  • Cast iron skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pint shishito peppers
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic

Instructions
 

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet with avocado oil or another high smoke point oil.
  • Heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the shishito peppers and toss to coate them in the oil.
  • Cook the peppers until the skins blister. Add the garlic and sprinkle with kosher or sea salt.
  • Remove them from the heat and serve warm.

Notes

  1. You can cook shishito peppers in several ways. You can pan-fry as listed above, or use a vegetable basket and cook them on a grill.
  2. I recommend using an oil that can tolerate high heat. I have pan-fried shishito peppers in avocado oil, coconut oil, and canola oil. Do not use olive oil or it will get rancid.
  3. Cooked shishitos will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 4peppersCalories: 9kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
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Note that this post was updated from an older post on Sept 19, 2014, with better photos and directions.

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26 Comments

  1. These were the hit of the Christmas appetiser.. so easy but made a mess on the stove top. They splatter pretty good. I will try some of your other ways to cook them.

  2. Amazing idea! I love them and I’ll keep to make them by following your recipe
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. These are so good. I order them as an appetizer in restaurants but will now make them myself.

  4. I used to get these peppers in my produce box all the time and have no idea what to do with them. Loving this blistered version, so quick, easy and delicious!!

  5. These peppers make for a great side dish. We have a similar pickle recipe in our Indian cuisine. I think I would add an extra heaping of Garlic in this recipe. They will go great in a pita sandwich too.

  6. I love the idea of eating the whole pepper – no fussing around cleaning out the insides with little pepper seeds sticking everywhere!

    1. It is fun. I have a friend who used to toss the tips into the garden to be compost. It was great in theory, but they later discovered their dog was eating them. Poor dog had quite the tummy ache.

  7. With my luck, I’d pick one up, bite into it and I’d get the spicy one. But these look very ‘user’ friendly.

  8. I have never tried cooking with shishito peppers before..definitely something that I need to do. They look delicious!

  9. I can’t believe I’ve never tried a Shishito peppers. I guess I’m so used to buying the standard jalapeños peppers. Your soup looks fantastic! Now I’m going to see if my farmer’s market has these same peppers.