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Shishito Peppers

May 20, 2022

Only slightly more work than opening a bag of chips, and 1,000 times more exciting, these blistered shishito peppers are the salty, (sometimes) spicy nibble you need in your life.


blistered shishito peppers in a bowl with seasoning

You’ll Never Order This in a Restaurant Ever Again: Blistered Shishito Pepper Edition

It’s not that they’re not a delicious thing to order at a restaurant, but the thing is, once you figure out how insanely easy it is to make this dreamy, healthy, salty, snacky, [insert gushing superlative here] appetizer at home, it’ll be hard to convince yourself to shell out restaurant cash for a little plate of these peppers. They’re just too easy! And too great to be reserved for times when you’re dining out. Once we got the hang of them, we were blistering shishito peppers at least once a week (and sometimes more often) all season long. Sprinkled with flakey salt, we truly cannot think of a better starter than these savory shishito peppers.

shishito peppers, sea salt, olive oil and lemon zest on a counter

OK, But What Are Shishito Peppers?

Shishito peppers are small, bright green, somewhat wrinkled-looking peppers in the capsicum annuum family. Most of the peppers are very mildly spicy and even a bit sweet, but occasionally you’ll come across one that’s got some serious kick. Basically this shishito pepper recipe results in a really fun game of snack roulette, meaning that every now and then, someone will eat a hot pepper! It is said that roughly one in ten peppers are hot, but we’ve found a ton of variance—occasionally we’ll get a batch that’s almost entirely mild, and sometimes the breakdown is almost 50/50 spicy/mild. So, consider yourself warned! If someone at your table—kiddos, we’re looking at you—isn’t into spicy heat, make sure to warn them away from the peppers, or at least take a small bite of one first to check for spiciness. Shishitos are very similar to padrón peppers—which can be prepared in this way, too, btw!

Blistered Shishito Peppers in olive oil in a black skillet
Blistered Shishito Peppers in olive oil, slat and lemon zest in a black skillet

How To Cook Shishito Peppers

When we say “blistered shishito peppers” we do mean blistered! Cooked quickly at high heat, these peppers are as fast as they are delicious. Here’s how to make them:

  1. Heat oil over a high heat until it smokes.
  2. Carefully put the peppers in the pan, careful not to overcrowd them. You may want to work in batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  3. Turn the peppers after a few minutes, and finish cooking them. It should take just about four or five minutes total to cook the peppers. They’ll look blistered and wilted when they’re done.
  4. Salt them generously and finish them with a bit of lemon zest.
  5. Gobble! As soon as you can eat them without burning your mouth, eat them up!
Blistered Shishito Peppers in olive oil, sea salt and lemon zest in a black skillet
Blistered Shishito Peppers in olive oil, sea salt and lemon zest in a black skillet

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Green & Munchy

More snacky green things to nibble on. Just add drinks and call it a party!

Blistered Shishito Peppers in olive oil, sea salt and lemon zest in a black bowl
Blistered Shishito Peppers in olive oil, sea salt and lemon zest in a black bowl

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Shishito Peppers

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 50


  • 2-3 cups shishito peppers (or padron peppers)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp flaky salt


  1. In a large skillet add olive oil and heat over high heat until smoking.
  2. Add peppers in a single layer and let cook, undisturbed until peppers begin to blister, about 2 minutes. Carefully turn peppers with tongs or by vigorously shaking the skillet by the handle. Allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  3. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with flake salt and lemon zest and serve.

Note: It is estimated that one in ten peppers carry a little heat, we like to think this is the roulette of the snacking world.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories50
  • Protein0 g
  • Carbohydrates3 g
  • Total Fat5 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium377 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Shishito Peppers

Questions & Reviews

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  • Kari

    Can you suggest an aioli to go with these?

    Garlic Aioli, wasabi mayo or even just plain goat cheese would all be good!

  • Amelia

    What pan do you use? Cast iron is my go to but I'm wondering if a traditional non stick may make more sense in this case.

    Hi Amelia, you can use either!

  • Tresa

    Ok, these were crazy delicious. My new favorite appetizer!

    Thanks, so glad you love them!

  • Jenn

    I was feeling fancy so I made these to go with enchiladas the other night and they were so good! I've never had them and was presently surprised what a fun addition they were to the meal!

    These are so fun, glad you tried them and enjoyed them!