Shishito Peppers are enormously delicious with hints of smokiness and a touch of sweetness. Typically, they are very mild in spice level, however, it’s said that about every 1 in 10 will hit you with some heat! These peppers are native to Japan and are a staple “bar food” in the Tapas style establishments called izakaya. They couldn’t be simpler to prepare, are famously finger-friendly, and make perfect appetizers or accompaniments to grilled meats.
Minimal prep is the key to highlighting their bright flavor. Simply heat oil (olive or sesame) in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the peppers, turning occasionally, until they begin to blister on all sides. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and they are ready to enjoy!
Serve with one of these dipping sauces:
Sesame Peanut Sauce
- ¼ teaspoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon of soy sauce (to taste)
- Juice of 1 lime
In a small bowls, stir together the ingredients for the peanut sauce. Taste and adjust. Depending on the thickness of your peanut butter, you may have to add a bit a warm water to thin it out.
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- big squeeze of lemon
- small handful of basil
- a few chopped chives
- sprinkle of salt and pepper
In a food processor, blend together the ingredient for the yogurt sauce. Or simply, chop herbs very finely and stir everything together in a bowl.
See the Bon Appetit website here for another simple recipe. Other suggestions for these gems would be to toss them in your summer bean salads or throw them in your stir fry. Try them as a pizza topper or a gourmet garnish for your Bloody Mary. Any way you do it; they’ll be delicious! Enjoy!