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How To Cook Blistered Shishito Peppers

blistered shishito peppers recipe

Shishito peppers are smokey, sweet peppers that originated in Japan and are now savored internationally. These peppers are easy to prepare and easy to eat. But be careful! One in ten might be a bit too hot!

Blistered shishito peppers serve as delicious appetizers that can be garnished with Furikake seasoning or others to satisfy your tastebuds and get you ready for the entree.

So let’s learn how to cook blistered shishito peppers. Here is a simple recipe to prepare blistered shishito peppers at home.

First, let’s look at the list of ingredients we’ll need.

Ingredients needed to make blistered shishito peppers:

  1. Fresh shishito peppers.
  2. 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
  3. Flaky salt.
  4. Lemon and other seasonings.

So run to your nearest grocery store and grab everything you need. If you already have these items in stock, let’s get started right away.

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serves 4

Calories 28

Total Fat 2.5g


Blistered Shishito Peppers Cooking Procedure

Here is a simple way to make blistered shishito peppers:

  1. Wash your hands and get your station clean and ready.
  2. Wash the peppers nicely under clean water then let the water drip off so they’re dry again.
  3. Grab your skillet or cast-iron pan and set it on your stove or grill.
  4. Use medium heat to warm up the pan and drop a bit of water on it to check if it’s ready. If the water sizzles and evaporates, the pan is ready for the peppers.
  5. Pour 2 teaspoons of oil into the pan.
  6. Add a pinch of flaky salt to taste.
  7. Toss the peppers into the oil (carefully!) and shake the pan to spread the oil evenly.
  8. Stir the pan from time to time with a wooden spoon to make sure you’re not burning your peppers.
  9. When the pepper skin starts to show light brown, take the pan off the heat and use tongs to unload the peppers into a plate.
  10. Squeeze a lemon on top of the peppers, add a bit more salt and seasoning and voila! Your blistered shishito peppers are ready to serve.

Blistered shishito peppers are the perfect snacks to serve before steak, roast or even just to accompany your cool beer. Put the plate of appetizers in front of your guests to munch on before the main course!

To make your cooking experience much smoother, here are a few tips:

  • Soak the peppers in oil before putting them in the pan to make sure they are oiled evenly.
  • Put your pan on medium heat instead of high if you’re using olive oil.
  • Stir the peppers after an interval so they have time to be properly charred. They should be making little popping sounds while being cooked.
  • Shishito peppers have quite a lot of water so if you see too much smoke, your peppers are probably a bit burnt. You can take these peppers off the heat immediately or start again with fresh peppers.
  • Put the peppers on a paper towel before plating them. This will soak up the excess oil and the peppers will remain crunchy for a bit longer.

When preparing anything in the kitchen, safety should be a top priority. Make sure to follow these safety measures when making blistered shishito peppers on the stove or the grill.

  • Wash the pan or skillet properly and dry it with a cloth perfectly before use. We don’t want any accidents caused by hot oil splatters!
  • Make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated. It might get pretty smokey if the peppers get burnt and you want to avoid accidents as much as possible.
  • Keep something sweet on hand in case you come across the one out of ten super fiery pepper.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Can You Choose The Best Shishito Peppers?

When picking shishito peppers, select the ones with the stems still attached. These peppers are fresh and crunchy. Avoid peppers with spots, tender skin, and too wrinkled or waxy textures. The light green color is just the perfect shade for shishito peppers. Don’t buy peppers with the white powdered substance on them. It’s always better to buy shishito peppers in small amounts so that they aren’t left to rot.

2. Which Seasonings Work Best With Shishito Peppers?

Shishito peppers are a versatile dish that can be served with many seasonings, toppings and side dishes. Sprinkling salt is a simple way of adding flavor to any food. And it works wonders for shishito peppers. You can also prepare Furikake seasoning to add some pizzazz to your recipe. Even lemon zest will make the peppers taste divine. Some dips are great to pair with shishito peppers as well.

3. What’s The Best Way To Serve Blistered Shishito Peppers?

Shishito peppers are best served hot and smoking. Put them on a plate, spray a lemon on them and add a dash of flaky salt. Put a bowl next to the plate so people can put the stems in them. You can add a lemon wedge on the plate so people can squeeze more lemon juice if they want. Just serve hot and enjoy!

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