Blistered Shishito Peppers (Quick + Easy Recipe)

These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 

Anyone up for a game of Russian roulette?

Shishito peppers aren’t hot – except for when they are!

It’s said that about one in 10 shishito peppers is a devil child spicy. Well, not really THAT hot, but a lot hotter than its siblings. Those peppers that get extra light or heat while growing are said to be a bit hotter than the others.

You’ll know when you get one…

My husband and I were out to eat at one of our favorite local restaurants. As is typical for us, we ordered several small plates so that we could sample it all. Oysters, Pork Shoulder, Bluefish Pate, Chicken Under a Brick, and of course, shishito peppers.

Rick took one bite and his eyes watered up. “I’m not sure if I can eat this babe.” In the meantime, I had eaten three already and had to give him the look… “Are you crazy?”

That’s when our waitress stepped up and asked, “How is everything? Did you get a hot one yet?”

REDEMPTION.

Shishito peppers are slender and wrinkly with thin-skins and a bright green color. Slightly sweet in taste with a delicate texture.

They’re like potato chips. You can’t eat just one!

You can find these peppers in major grocery stores, Asian markets, and farmers markets. My local Trader Joe’s just started carrying them as well *bonus* – shishitos AND cheap wine!!!

Blistered Shishitos are a cinch to prepare. Just rub them with a little oil and toss them onto a hot skillet or grill to get them charred and blistered. Then sprinkle them with a bit of salt, plus any extra seasonings you might desire, and you’ve got the perfect finger food!

Blistered Shishito peppers in cast iron skillet.

One of my favorite ways to serve them is with a squeeze of lemon juice. I also sprinkle on some togarashi (though this is totally optional).

Togarashi is a Japanese red pepper blend. The exact spices used vary slightly by maker but usually include powdered/flaked red chili pepper, black pepper, sesame seeds, dried mandarin orange peel, nori seaweed flakes, hemp seeds and poppy seeds. It is available in most Asian markets or online. It’s got a great unique flavor and is typically used to spice up Asian noodle and yakitori dishes.

These fun little peppers are a delicious appetizer to share at summer parties and barbeques. Grab the stem, pop the whole peppers into your mouth and enjoy!

How to Cook Shishito Peppers

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet skillet, grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  • Arrange peppers in a single layer and cook until they are lightly charred.


Variations

  • Swap out the olive oil for sesame oil to add extra flavor.
  • Instead of serving them with a squeeze of lemon, try them with lime juice or a splash of soy sauce.
  • Top them with some bonito flakes for extra umami flavor.
  • Serve them with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

FAQ

Are Shishito Peppers hot?

Shishitos are hotter than green bell peppers, but much more mild than jalapenos. Shishitos range in heat from 100 to 1,000 Scoville heat units. So, about 1 in 10 shishito peppers will be spicy hot.

Are padrón and shishito peppers the Same

Shishito peppers and padron peppers are very similar. Shishitos are longer and narrower, while padron peppers are more round. Padrons can tend to be just a bit more spicy than shishito peppers. While about 1 in 10 shishito peppers will be spicy, about 2 in every 10 padron peppers will be spicy.

Can I eat shishito peppers raw?

While they can be eaten raw, more often they are cooked so that the skins aren’t as tough. Once they are blistered, they can be sprinkled with delicious seasonings!

Can you eat shishito pepper stems?

No. The stems should not be eaten. I like to serve them with a small bowl on the side to discard the stems.

Should you refrigerate shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers do not need to be refrigerated. Though, they will last longer if stored in the crisper drawer of your fridge.

How long do shishito peppers last in the fridge?

Though it will depend on how fresh the peppers were when you purchased them, the should last from 10-14 days in the fridge.

Are shishito peppers healthy?

Yes! This amazing little pepper is low in calories and carbs, plus high in fiber. Shishitos are also a good source of vitamins A, C, and E.

What to Dip Shishito Peppers in?

Choose one of these tasty sauce recipes:

Hand holding plate of blistered shishito peppers.

More Side Dish Recipes:

What to Serve With Blistered Shishito Peppers

Wine Pairings for Blistered Shishito Peppers

  • White: A crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc with its grassy notes is an excellent companion for these nibbles.
  • Red: A Spanish Rioja is an easy drinking, food-friendly wine, perfect with pairing with tapas.

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Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.

Blistered Shishito Peppers Recipe

These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 
4.12 from 50 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound shishito peppers (washed and thoroughly dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon togarashi (optional )
  • Coarse sea salt (such as fleur de sel or Maldon)
  • 1 lemon (cut into wedges)

Instructions

  • Place the peppers in a medium bowl and toss with olive oil; set aside.

On the Stove:

  • Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • When the skillet is hot, arrange the peppers in a single layer; reserve the bowl they were in.
  • Saute the peppers uncovered, turning occasionally, until they charred and blistered, about 6 to 8 minutes total.
  • Return the peppers to the bowl, and toss with togarashi and salt. Squeeze lemon over peppers, to taste. Serve immediately.

On the Grill:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. 
  • When the grill is hot, arrange the peppers in a single layer in a grill basket. (Alternatively, you can thread the peppers on skewers.)
  • Grill the peppers, turning occasionally, until they charred and blistered, about 6 to 8 minutes total.
  • Return the peppers to the bowl, and toss with togarashi and salt. Squeeze lemon over peppers, to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

Togarashi is available in most Asian markets or online.
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Nutrition

Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 81.6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg

This recipe was originally published in May 2015. It was updated in July 2022 to add new photographs and FAQ content. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

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31 thoughts on “Blistered Shishito Peppers (Quick + Easy Recipe)”

  1. THANK YOU!! I had something similar at a hotel in L.A. a couple years back, and I think of them often… I love these peppers, I cannot wait to try your recipe!

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    • Thanks Kristina – I’ve recently seen them popping up on happy hour menus all over town. It’s fun that they’re so easy to make at home!

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  2. Erin I love grilled shishito peppers! Your recipe is such a nice take on it, but I can totally recommend this awesomeness to anyone that hasn’t tried it yet!

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  3. I love shishito peppers and you’re so right – eating them is a little like Russian roulette. But worth every bite. I love your simple preparation with togarashi. I’ve not grilled them, and need to try that. I always pan fry in a little olive oil.

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  4. OMG – that opening story cracked me up! I had a similar situation once with some friends and I. I enjoyed bragging I could handle hotter food than they – it was just I didn’t have the same dish like they though I did. 😛 I’ll have to try some of these out though. They look great. I’ve never had them before, but my brother I’m sure would love them.

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  5. 5 stars
    LOL.. you said devil child! I actually have shisito peppers in my fridge right now. Im going to make these tonight.

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  6. Had some Shishito peppers give to me today. Gonna give them a try. I’m not a spicy 🥵 kind of gal but I do love 💕 pepperochinis. They have some heat. So if the 10th one is like that I can hang.

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  7. Just made a batch and NOT one spicy pepper. Heated a wok with somc EVOO and threw the peppes in. Charred them (took maybe 5-7 mins. Made an aioli and it was superb using about 3 tbs mayo, 1 clove minced garlic and about a tsp of fresh lemon juice.

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  8. 5 stars
    I’ve had shishito peppers at several restaurants as an appetizer. They were all fabulous! I finally was able to buy some fresh ones so I decided to try your recipe. When I prepped I realized I didn’t have the togarashi but continued by using a tsp of finely minced garlic instead. It was fabulous! I won’t have to go to a restaurant when I have my shishito craving!! Once this pandemic is over I’ll get to an Asian market for the togarashi.

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  9. 5 stars
    this recipe was great! highly recommend. I left them on for a little longer than the suggested time because I wanted them more blistered, and it worked out great.

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    • I’m so happy to hear that Zoe! I just planted some peppers in our garden and I’m hoping we have a big batch ready in a month or so!

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  10. 5 stars
    Soooo good! Didn’t have togarashi so I just used salt and pepper. Drizzled a little soy sauce and sesame oil over them and it was perfect. I will have to find togarashi though since these are a new favorite of ours!

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  11. 5 stars
    terrific and all comments so positive..we buy them at Costco….yes, blistered…yes some salt..some garlic powder, ,maybe grease the pan..8-10 at 400…perfect and delish..
    ml kavaler in NYC

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