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Blistered Shishito Peppers – Simple Yet Delicious

When it comes to easy side dishes, blistered shishitos may just take the cake. The flavor of the lightly charred peppers and a pinch of salt alone is enough to satisfy.

However, there are many variations you can try to keep this dish interesting. So, today we’ll share the simple base recipe for delicious blistered shishito peppers, along with a few optional modifications.

Adding salt to blistered shishitos
Sprinkling salt over blistered shishitos.

Ingredients For Blistered Shishitos

The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. With just a touch of oil and salt, we let the shishito peppers take front stage. However, like anything, you can feel free to get as creative as you’d like.

Basic Ingredients:

  • Fresh shishito peppers (washed and dried)
  • Olive or sesame oil
  • Coarse salt

Optional Additions To Play With:

  • Garlic
  • Shallot
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce (salt alternative)
  • Honey (drizzling)
  • Fresh lemon juice or zest (garnish)
  • Toasted sesame seeds (garnish)
  • Hot red chili flakes (spicy garnish)

If you grow your own shishito peppers (and you should), then you’ll have handfuls of these tasty green chilies throughout the season. With tons of peppers, you should experiment with your blistered shishitos and see what delicious combinations you can discover.


How To Make Blistered Shishito Peppers

The best way to make blistered shishitos is by frying them in oil over medium-high heat. You don’t want the oil to smoke, but to be just on the verge.

Steps:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat.
Hot oil in small pan
Use just enough oil to coat the shishito peppers.
  1. Once the oil is shiny and thin, add the shishito peppers. You should hear some sizzling and popping as the peppers begin to blister.
Shishito peppers cooking in oil
Shishitos starting to brown in hot oil.
  1. Sauté for 5-8 minutes, tossing the shishitos occasionally. Look for even browning on all sides of the pepper skin.
Blistered shishito peppers in hot pan
The perfect amount of blistering.
  1. Once the peppers have collapsed slightly, remove from heat and sprinkle with a generous pinch of coarse salt.
  2. Serve immediately!
Blistered shishito peppers on plate
Blistered shishitos on a plate.

Since this recipe takes just a few minutes, I usually make it just before serving a main dish. Blistered shishitos are best when they are piping hot and fresh off the heat!

Tip: If your dinner involves a grill, try blistering the peppers on the grill! However, always be careful not to allow the small peppers to fall through the grate.

Can I Make Blistered Shishitos In The Oven?

Like many veggies, shishitos can also be baked in an oven and roasted. The end result is similar to sautéing, but it requires you to heat up the oven to a high temperature.

I prefer using a hot skillet or wok, but if you are mixing the shishitos with other veggies, oven roasting may work better.

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Dips For Shishito Peppers

To dip or not to dip, that is the question. In my opinion, blistered shishitos are good enough on their own. However, if you’re making an appetizer for a party, you may want to take things a step further.

Here are some great options for dipping shishitos:

  • Homemade aioli. If you like savory, try making your own simple aioli by mixing some mayo with a few common ingredients. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, some garlic powder and chili powder for an easy dip.
  • Dumpling sauce. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding equal parts soy sauce and rice vinegar, plus some brown sugar to taste. This is one of my favorite go-to dipping sauces, and it certainly works with blistered shishitos!
  • Ranch dressing. The sweetness of the shishitos pairs well with the more complex flavors of ranch. If you love ranch, it will make for an easy dipping sauce.

Where To Buy Shishito Peppers

If you want to try this recipe, but can’t seem to get your hands on shishitos, you’re not alone. However, thankfully they are becoming easier to find in normal grocery stores.

Look in specialty grocery stores, or try an Asian supermarket. If you can’t find them there, farmer’s markets will often have a wide variety of peppers for sale in the summer months. Or, grow them at home in a small pot!


Blistered shishito peppers in hot pan

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Incredibly simple, yet delicious shishito peppers.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 frying pan

Ingredients

  • 15 shishito peppers
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt coarse/flaked

Instructions

  • Rinse and dry the shishito peppers. No need to remove the stems!
  • Add the oil to the frying pan and place over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the shishitos.
  • Fry the peppers for 5-8, tossing occasionally.
  • When the shishito peppers are evenly blistered, remove from heat.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Tip: Use just enough oil to coat your shishito peppers. Too much oil and the peppers may become mushy or unappetizing.
Also, use a pan that is the right size to fit all of your peppers on a single layer. Don’t allow the pods to mound on top of one another, as this may lead to uneven cooking.
Optional ingredients:
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Garlic
  • Onion or shallots
  • Soy sauce
  • Lemon juice or zest

I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it inspires you to grow your own shishitos. The plants are small, so easy to care for, and highly productive. Enjoy!

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Calvin

One of the original Pepper Geeks! When Calvin isn’t gardening or learning more about peppers and botany, he might be traveling new places or playing some music.

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