Several years ago, a colleague introduced me to shishito peppers. From the outside, these peppers look like any other chili pepper, but unlike chilies, these are not spicy! Since they don’t pack the heat, these peppers can be transformed and flavored various ways. My favorite is probably the simplest method, letting the peppers shine on their own. Looking for a healthy appetizer or snack? These will do just the trick, ready in 10 minutes and delectable as any other appetizer!
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3/4 lb shishito peppers
- 1 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
- juice and zest of 1/2 lime
- Heat oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the peppers when the oil is hot, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Turn and flip the peppers to cook on all sides, cooking until softened and blistered, about 15 minutes. Season with pink salt. Add lime zest and juice, tossing to coat. Serve hot with lime wedges on the side.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Exactly what are shishito peppers? They are a type of Japanese peppers that are thin and about finger-long. As they ripen, the peppers turn from green to red, but are picked while still green. It is said that one out of 10 peppers is spicy, but I’ve had several bunches where none were spicy.
Since shishito peppers are from Japan, they pair well with Asian flavors such as miso, togorashi, and a soy sauce based dressing. They are also delicious with just a hint of salt and lime juice and zest, which is what I have done in my recipe.
As the peppers cook, they expand. To prevent the peppers from exploding, you can poke a hole in the flesh. I have yet one to pop on me while cooking but if you want to be on the safe side, poke the holes prior.
Shishito peppers are also excellent not only on the stove top but on the grill as well, giving it a nice charred flavor. Experiment with these chilies, adding your own twist! Have leftovers? Add them to scrambled eggs or my upcoming post, quinoa salad with shishito peppers, corn, eggplant and watercress.
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