How to Cook Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers are THE pepper of the 2017!How to Cook Shishito PeppersIf you want to hang with the popular peppers, the Shishito is the current leader.

I had the best time at a media event at Melissa’s Produce the other day, for a sneak peak at the produce trends for 2017. I have so many fun and exciting things to share with you about it, and I will over the next few recipes.How to Cook Shishito PeppersToday it’s all about the Japanese Shishito pepper, which according to my friends at Melissa’s Produce, will be the most popular chile pepper of 2017.  We’re loving these small, slender, finger-length chiles!  And for many good reasons.

Shishitos have a delicious and delicate, mild sweetness that’s offset with very subtle heat. The level of heat can vary though — about one in every dozen might be hot.How to Cook Shishito PeppersShishitos have a wrinkled skin with many grooves, which is an ideal surface to blister and char beautifully, when cooked quickly over high heat.

They make for a most excellent snack, simply sautéed with a touch of salt and pepper! (See “recipe” below.)

You can find Shishito peppers on menus in most Japanese restaurants — usually served as an appetizer seasoned with soy sauce or sesame oil, and sometimes with vinegar and bonito flakes.  And lately they’re making their way into restaurants of all sorts — and they will be doing so even more!How to Cook Shishito PeppersGrown most of the year, you’ll always be able to find Shishitos in Japanese markets — and much like they’re showing up more so in mainstream restaurants now, they’re also moving into mainstream markets as they gain in popularity.  And I often spot them at my local Farmers Market.

Check out how I use these super tasty, sautéed Shishitos in this Colorful Citrus Carrot Salad.

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Sautéed Shishito Peppers
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This is a very simple sautéing method for the peppers and they're quite tasty seasoned with salt and pepper. However, there are many different seasonings you could add to them for a snack -- sesame oil, soy sauce, black vinegar, Togarashi, bonito flakes, and so on.
Serves: 4
  • 8-ounces fresh Shishito peppers, washed and dried
  • grape seed oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Coat the bottom of large sauté pan (preferably cast iron), with grape seed oil and place it over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the peppers. (You should immediately hear them sizzle -- if you don't, the pan isn't hot enough yet. Wait for the sizzle!)
  3. Sauté the peppers until they are nicely charred -- each pepper will be about 50% green and 50% charred. They should be flipped/stirred every so often, and the total cooking time will be about 10 minutes.
  4. Season generously with salt and pepper and serve hot or warm.

This is not a sponsored post — Melissa’s Produce invited me to a media event to learn about produce trends of 2017, and I was given a variety of produce for recipe testing.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. says

    That’s so interesting about the food trends. I’ll definitely have to keep my eyes peeled for shishito peppers so I can try them (I usually default to jalapeno peppers). Thanks!

  2. says

    I love shishito peppers – Mark and I had them served at our wedding reception (grilled) and we finally found them here in Tucson at Trader Joe’s and now at another store. Will definitely try your method!

    • valentina says

      Thanks, David! What an excellent wedding food choice! Memorable! I love it. And good to know about Trader Joe’s. Thanks for sharing that info. 🙂

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