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Blistered Shishito Peppers with Soy Sauce, Sesame & Lime

This blistered shishito pepper recipe is the easiest and tastiest crowd-pleasing appetizer for any occasion! With only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you’ll be amazed just how exciting these little peppers can be! They can even be made gluten-free!

Blistered shishito peppers on a slate with a lime slice.

I recently served these at a cocktail party where I had a lot of appetizers. I thought folks might be a bit too full by the time I planned to serve them, but I popped into the kitchen to sauté them anyway, and within 2 minutes, wide-eyed guests surrounded the oven. Apparently, there’s always room for shishito peppers!

Fresh shishito peppers in a bowl on a folding napkin.

3 Tips!

1. Stand back! They might pop! They fill with air like balloons as they cook, and every once in a while, one of them will pop – so you may not want to stand directly over the pan while they sauté.

2. Use a “sit and flip” technique. Once they’re coated in sesame oil, let them sit for two minutes then flip them in the pan, either by lifting the pan and flipping them all together, or by manually turning each one. You want to make sure they have blisters on each side.

3. They have to be made right before serving. They don’t reheat well (in fact, they just get soggy and sad looking), so if you’re serving these at your dinner or cocktail party, I suggest popping into the kitchen to make them after guests have gotten settled with their cocktails.

They only take 10 minutes so you’ll be back to your guests in no time. 

A bottle of sesame oil, half a cut lime, a small bowl of soy sauce and a few fresh shishito peppers on a slate.

Can this recipe be made gluten-free?

Yes! Simply substitute soy sauce for Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. It’s a fantastic substitute that tastes almost exactly like soy sauce, but is gluten-free, not fermented, made from non-GMO soybeans and purified water.

Are shishito peppers spicy?

Not really. On the Scoville scale – the measurement of pungency (spiciness) of chilli peppers and other spicy foods – Shishito peppers are just slightly above bell peppers, and quite below jalapeño peppers. In fact, they’re about 16 times more mild than a jalapeño, so they’re nothing to worry about, even for someone who’s very sensitive to spicy foods.

However, not all shishito peppers are exactly the same and in a 16 ounce bunch of  peppers, you might have 2 that jump out a bit. But think of the maximum level of spiciness as much closer to a slice of pepperoni than a jalapeño.

Are shishito peppers healthy?

They are very healthy! Shishito peppers are full of vitamin C and antioxidants that prevent cancer and boost immunity. They’re also full of dietary fiber which helps with digestion and bloating.

Where can you buy shishito peppers?

You may have trouble finding them in a common grocery store, although they’re becoming more and more common – but Whole Foods and NY stores like Union Market have them all year ‘round. You’ll also find them at your local farmer’s market until late Autumn.

What does a shishito pepper taste like?

Yummy! But to be specific, imagine a small, somewhat smoky bell pepper with tender skin and easily chewable seeds inside.

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • large frying pan
  • wooden spoon or spatula

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Soy Sauce, Sesame & Lime – Step by Step

A step by step process of making blistered shishito peppers.

1. Add 2 tsp. of sesame oil to a frying pan with 2 cups of shishito peppers. Give them a nice stir to make sure their fully coated.

2. Allow the peppers to sauté over a medium flame without moving them for 3 minutes to allow one side to blister. Then, lift the pan and flip them to allow them to blister on the other side. Continue to sauté, flipping them from time to time for a total of 10 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat and pour 1 tsp. of soy sauce (or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos) into the pan. Shake the peppers in the sauce quickly until fully coated.

4. Squeeze about 1 tsp. of fresh lime juice into the pan, and give it one more shake to coat all the peppers. Serve immediately.

Blistered shishito peppers on a slate.

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Blistered shishito peppers on a slate with a lime slice.
Blistered Shishito Peppers with Soy Sauce, Sesame & Lime
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This blistered shishito pepper recipe is the easiest, tastiest crowd-pleasing appetizer for any occasion! With only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you’ll be amazed just how tasty and exciting these little peppers can be!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: shishito peppers
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 26 kcal
Author: Genevieve Morrison
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh shishito peppers
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce - or Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • Juice from ½ lime - about a 1 tsp.
Instructions
  1. Add 2 tsp. of sesame oil to a frying pan with 2 cups of shishito peppers. Give them a nice stir to make sure their fully coated.

  2. Allow the peppers to sauté over a medium flame without moving them for 3 minutes to allow one side to blister. Then, lift the pan and flip them to allow them to blister on the other side. Continue to sauté, flipping them from time to time for a total of 10 minutes.

  3. Turn off the heat and pour 1 tsp. of soy sauce (or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos) into the pan. Shake the peppers in the sauce quickly until fully coated. 

  4. Squeeze about 1 tsp. of fresh lime juice into the pan, and give it one more shake to coat all the peppers. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

You'll require a large frying pan and wooden spoon or spatula for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Blistered Shishito Peppers with Soy Sauce, Sesame & Lime
Amount Per Serving (8 peppers)
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 9.2%
Iron 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This blistered shishito pepper recipe is the easiest, tastiest crowd-pleasing appetizer for any occasion! With only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you’ll be amazed just how tasty and exciting these little peppers can be! They can even be made gluten-free! #glutenfree, #appetizers

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Karly
    November 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    These looks delicious and seems easy enough! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Genevieve Morrison
      November 25, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you! They’re SO easy and SO tasty! Enjoy!

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