These pan roasted blistered shishito peppers make a delicious appetizer.
Have you seen those bins of shishito peppers at the farmer's market? If you haven't seen them, many grocery stores are starting to carry them too, including Trader Joe's. Here are some of my very favorite shishito pepper recipes.
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What are shishito peppers?
Shishito peppers are tiny little green (and sometimes red!) little long peppers. These peppers are mild, and they say 1 in 10 are actually spicy. I am not sure if I believe this because I have yet to find a spicy one! Shishito peppers are very versatile and work in so many recipes.
How to cook?
Shishito peppers can be cooked in so many ways including:
- Pan frying
- On a grill
Shishito peppers originally came from Japan. They are considered a sweet pepper and are very mild.
They are small and green, and I recently found out can come in a vibrant red color too! (Check out this delicious Red Shishito Pepper Soup I made with them!)
We were at a fabulous restaurant in downtown Campbell called Liquid Bread (unfortunately, it is no longer in business) a few weeks ago. They served up shishito peppers charred with garlic and crunchy enoki mushrooms on top and it was just fabulous. Everyone at our table loved them.
How to eat them?
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.
Heat avocado oil, or another high heat oil, in a 12" cast iron pan. When the pan is hot, toss in the shishito peppers whole. Add minced garlic and salt.
You want your peppers to blister like shown in this photo. The peppers soften as they blister, making them so good!
As the peppers blister, I like to add some minced garlic and salt. The garlic gets nice and crispy around the peppers. You can toss in some onions too if you like!
More Ways to Cook Shishito Peppers
- Add them to a grill basket (see above!) and toss them onto the grill!
- Bake them in an oven.
- Pickle them!
If you love shishito peppers as much as we do, how about trying this Chilled Shishito Pepper Soup recipe?
- 1 pint shishito peppers
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- Heat a cast iron skillet with avocado oil.
- Add the shishito peppers and garlic.
- Cook until the skins blister.
- Remove from the heat and serve warm.
Feel free to pan fry these, or use a vegetable basket and cook them on a grill.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 4 peppers
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g