Blistered Shishito Peppers

A playful chili appetizer with its hidden potential kick.

Shishito peppers are known for their ability to surprise. One in ten of these chilies will pack more of a wallop than their typical super-mild simmer. It’s not so far as jalapeño heat, but it’s there and your eyes will light up. That’s what makes blistered shishito peppers such a fun spicy appetizer. The smoky, citrusy flavors of the shishito are enhanced by the blistering, making them a pure delight to eat. And then WHAMMO. Someone picks “the one” and the table lights up.

No shishito available? Or you’re looking for higher base heat? Look to the Padrón pepper. It works well blistered, and it has the same “one in ten” surprise factor, with a heat that can reach jalapeño range.

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups shishito peppers whole, do not cut off ends
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt

Instructions
 

  • In a skillet, heat the olive soil over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté the shishito peppers in the oil, turning them as needed to cook all sides.
  • Once the chilies start to blister, remove them from the heat, sprinkle them with sea salt, and serve.

Notes

Spicier alternative: Padrón peppers
Use these the same way as shishito peppers in this recipe.

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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content. It was originally published on August 6, 2015.

2 thoughts on “Blistered Shishito Peppers”

  1. I grow them in my raised garden – not just a few but several hundred so far this summer from 15 plants. I have eaten more than a hundred – not a single one had any heat until… the last2 weeks I have had 4-5 that get your attention – all off the same plants — go figure. Love them –
    Low oil wipe each one with olive oil soaked pepper towel.. air fry 10 min @400 keep an eye on them. Blessings!

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