Blistered Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers are known for their ability to surprise. One in ten of these chilies will pack more of a low-medium wallop than their typical super-mild simmer. It’s not so far as jalapeño heat, but it’s there, and you’ll know. That’s what makes blistered shishito peppers such a fun, spicy appetizer. The smoky, citrusy flavors of the shishito are enhanced by the earthiness from the blistering, making them a pure delight to eat. And then WHAMMO. Someone picks “the one” and the table lights up.

No shishito available? Or you’re looking for higher base heat? Look to the Padrón pepper. It works well blistered (a perfect substitute in this recipe_, and it has the same “one in ten” surprise factor, with a heat that can truly reach the jalapeño heat range.

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Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Earthy, smoky, sweet, citrusy – a delicious mildly spicy appetizer
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 servings
Calories 87 kcal


  • 3 cups shishito peppers whole, do not cut off ends
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt


  • In a skillet, heat the olive soil over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté the shishito peppers in the oil, turning them as needed to cook all sides.
  • Once the chilies start to blister, remove them from the heat, sprinkle them with sea salt, and serve.


Spicier alternative: Padrón peppers
Use these the same way as shishito peppers in this recipe.


Calories: 87kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 240mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 738IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 20, 2022 to include new content.
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Robert Eredics

I grow them in my raised garden – not just a few but several hundred so far this summer from 15 plants. I have eaten more than a hundred – not a single one had any heat until… the last2 weeks I have had 4-5 that get your attention – all off the same plants — go figure. Love them –
Low oil wipe each one with olive oil soaked pepper towel.. air fry 10 min @400 keep an eye on them. Blessings!

jack burton

My wife hit that 10th one the other day, much to her surprise. 😂