I recently had my first opportunity to try Shishito Peppers in a restaurant, and now all I can do is think of them. When I ran across this bag of them at Trader Joes I picked them up not knowing exactly what to do with them. But just reading the back of the bag had all the info I needed.
They are so simple to make, they simply require a little bit of oil and a hot pan. Cook them until they are blistered and season with a little salt. That is honestly all you need.
Are Shishito Peppers Spicy?
I found them to be the perfect accompaniment to my Greek Chicken Tacos. They brought all the extra flavor I wanted and since only 1 in 10 of them are said to be HOT, you just got a little bit of spice here and there. Just what I was looking for!
They offer mostly a sweet-hot flavor, with grassy and citrus notes. They are overall mild, but like I said 1 in 10
Where are Shishito Peppers from?
Originally they are from Japan. The Shishito pepper is believed to have gotten its name from its tip end which to some resembles the head of a lion or in Japanese, shishi. When green they are the
The shishito chile pepper, also known as Kkwarigochu in Korea, botanically is a part of Capsicum annuum and is a Japanese variety pepper. Similar in shape, form, and flavor to the Spanish Padron.
They are the immature version of the Shishito pepper and will ripen to a vivid red hue if allowed to, though, they are most commonly found commercially in their green form. They have long been a popular snack food item in Japan and in recent years have become more of a mainstream pepper in the United States, popping up in farmers markets when in season and appearing on menus at restaurants.
How to cook Shishito Peppers
There are many ways you can cook shishitos. They can be simply sautéed in a hot pan on the stove, or coated in oil and broiled in the oven. The major goal is to soften the flesh and add a bit of a char to them.
Doing this brings out the flavor and adds a deepened profile to them. Eaten raw they are slightly bitter and grassy tasting. But cooking brings out a deeper flavor and more of the citrus notes that they possess.
Blistered Shishito Peppers
- 6 oz Shishito Peppers
- 1-2 T Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- In a large skillet heated over medium-high heat, add in the olive oil and warm until you see it begin to move quickly in the pan or small wisps of smoke begin to rise.
- Place the peppers into the pan with the heated oil, working carefully, if there is any moisture on the pepper they will pop a bit at the beginning.
- Toss the peppers in the pan to coat them with the olive oil and allow them to rest 1-2 minutes on each side until they begin to blister and crackle.
- Toss the peppers while they cook, letting them rest for periods of time so they can crisp.
- When the peppers have cooked for about 6-8 minutes and have blistered and blackened to your liking, sprinkle them with a generous toss of salt, and they are ready to serve.
- Serve alongside your favorite dipping sauce.
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