Blistered Shishito Peppers Are an Addicting Snack

By Kary Osmond, KaryOsmond.com
Kary Osmond, KaryOsmond.com
Kary Osmond, KaryOsmond.com
Kary Osmond is a Canadian recipe developer and former television host of the popular daytime cooking show "Best Recipes Ever." Her easy recipes include helpful tips to guide you along the way, and her love of plant-based cooking offers healthy alternatives to some of your favorite dishes. Learn more at KaryOsmond.com. Copyright 2021 Kary Osmond. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
September 4, 2021 Updated: September 4, 2021

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting snack to put out, look no further. This treat is easy to prepare. I was introduced to these little green peppers, and now I can’t get enough of them. Warning: They are addictive.

Shishito peppers are an East Asian pepper variety. They’re picked green and their flavor is mellow and slightly sweet; however, 1 in 10 to 20 peppers will be spicy! That’s where the fun comes in.

You can cook them over the grill or on the stovetop. If you make them indoors, I suggest using a cast-iron pan, as it retains heat. The idea is to cook the peppers over very hot heat so they blacken, blister, and pop.

Shishito Peppers

Serves 4

  • 1/2 pound shishito peppers
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt

Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. While it’s heating, place the peppers in a bowl with vegetable oil and toss.

Add peppers to the pan and cook, turning a few times until the skins have blackened and blistered, about 6 minutes in total.

Remove from heat and sprinkle with a good pinch of salt. Serve immediately.

Tasty Tips

Although this recipe is perfect in its simplest form, you can have fun with it by finishing the pepper with a spritz of lemon juice, serving them with a vegan aioli for dipping, or drizzling the blistered peppers with a touch of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.

To make these on the grill, I like to thread four to five peppers on skewers so they’re easier to flip and won’t fall through the grill.

Kary Osmond, KaryOsmond.com
Kary Osmond, KaryOsmond.com
Kary Osmond is a Canadian recipe developer and former television host of the popular daytime cooking show "Best Recipes Ever." Her easy recipes include helpful tips to guide you along the way, and her love of plant-based cooking offers healthy alternatives to some of your favorite dishes. Learn more at KaryOsmond.com. Copyright 2021 Kary Osmond. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.