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If you have ever wondered How to Cook Shishito Peppers you are in the right place! They are so easy to sauté and all it takes is the peppers, olive oil, salt and pepper. Shishito peppers are vegan, gluten-free and the perfect snack or side dish! 

Shishito Peppers on white plate

HOW TO COOK SHISHITO PEPPERS 

At the end of summer I finally picked up a package of shishito peppers from Trader Joes. I had been hearing about them for quite some time and had been wanting to see what all the rage was. I don’t know what it is about those small, green shishito peppers but I am hooked. Today I am going to walk you through How to Cook Shishito Peppers. It couldn’t be easier. I know the season is ending for shishito peppers but if you can still get your hands on them, you should!

You can actually put them on the grill, roast them in the oven or just sauté them in a hot skillet which is my preferred way of making them. Shishito peppers are a mild Japanese pepper with a very thin skin which helps it blister quickly and become soft and easy to eat.

The fun part of shishito peppers is there is usually one or two spicy peppers that will pop up in a container that you buy at the store, so you never know what you are going to get! 

Shishito Peppers before cooked

HOW TO MAKE SHISHITO PEPPERS 

My preferred way of making shishito pepper is to sauté them in a hot skillet with a small amount of oil, salt and pepper. Sometimes I will spice them up with some spices or a squeeze of lemon juice and other times I keep it super simple with just the salt and pepper. 

  1. For this shishito peppers recipe start by washing and fully drying the shishito peppers before you cook them. You want to make sure they are dry so they blister correctly. 
  2. Next toss the peppers in olive oil, sesame oil or avocado oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on them along with any additional spices you like. 
  3. Heat a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. 
  4. Transfer the shishito peppers to the hot skillet in a single layer and sauté, stirring and tossing occasionally, until peppers are beginning to char and soften which takes about 5-6 minutes. They should slightly blister on each side which lets you know they are done. 
  5. Remove from the heat and place in a serving dish with extra salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.  

Shishito Peppers with lemon

WHAT SHOULD I MY SHISHITO PEPPERS IN?

I actually love shishito peppers on their own but these dips would also work great with them:

Tahini Sauce

Creamy Dill Greek Yogurt Dip 

Tahini Yogurt Dressing 

ARE SHISHITO PEPPERS HEALTHY?

Yes they are! They are packed with vitamins and minerals. Shishito peppers are full of antioxidants that actively fight against toxins that build up in the body.

Shishito peppers are also very high in Vitamin C which helps reduce heart disease by providing an abundance of antioxidants.

How to Cook Shishito Peppers with lemon wedges

WHAT SHOULD I PAIR MY SHISHITO PEPPERS WITH?

Shishito peppers work nicely as a snack or a side dish. Try them alongside these dishes:

Crispy Sesame Asian Chicken: This Asian dish is the perfect pairing for shishito peppers. The sesame and the chicken would work nicely with them. 

Asian Garlic Noodles: Easy peasy Asian noodle stir-fry using pantry ingredients that you already have on hand. Quick, no-fuss, and made in less than 30min!

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup: Asian Chicken Noodle Soup uses a spicy chicken broth that is paired with chicken, carrots, fresh cilantro and green onions, Sriracha, lime juice and fresh ginger. This soups packs a lot of flavor into one bowl of soup. 

Shishito Peppers on white plate

How to Cook Shishito Peppers

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a pound of shishito peppers, washed and dried
  • 1 Tablespoon of oil {I like olive oil, sesame or avocado oil}
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 of a lemon juiced {optional}

Instructions

  1. Wash and fully dry the shishito peppers before you cook them. You want to make sure they are dry so they blister correctly. 
  2. Next toss the peppers in olive oil, sesame oil or avocado oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on them along with any additional spices you like. 
  3. Heat a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. 
  4. Transfer the shishito peppers to the hot skillet in a single layer and sauté, stirring and tossing occasionally, until peppers are beginning to char and soften which takes about 5-6 minutes.
  5. They should slightly blister on each side which lets you know they are done. 
  6. Remove from the heat and place in a serving dish with extra salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.  

Notes

Feel free to use any spices you like.

The lemon juice is optional as a finishing touch.

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