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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

These Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers are an easy summer appetizer that will disappear fast! Blister them in a little bit of olive oil until all sides are brown and then top them off with a drizzle of sesame oil, black pepper and flaky salt. Most shishito peppers are pretty mild but 1 in 10 can be pretty spicy!

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

I Love Shishito Peppers

I was first introduced to shishito peppers when I was only a wee intern fresh out of college at my first job. I generally avoid all peppers unless they are of the bell variety because I’m not a fan of spicy foods. I remember watching an episode of The Next Food Network Star where one of the contestants was eating all the hot peppers raw to see how hot they actually were. I think I would have cried.

So when I heard that only 1 in 10 of these are spicy and they are best blackened until wilted and served with a few cranks of sea salt and black pepper, I couldn’t help but be intrigued.

Shishito peppers are a bright green pepper about 2-3 inches long with a green stem. They come in all sorts of different shapes and are best when they look firm and fresh.

I first put them on these toasts and every summer since then, I look forward to busting out my cast iron skillet to roast them.

A note on the spiciness of shishito peppers: If you buy them from your local farmer’s market, they do tend to get spicier later in the season or as the weather gets hotter. I believe this is common for most peppers so beware! That 1 in 10 spiciness has easily turned into 8 in 10!

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers in a Cast Iron Pan

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers in a Cast Iron Pan

Roasting Shishito Peppers

My favorite way to roast shishito peppers is in a cast iron pan. Simply heat it to medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and pop in your shishito peppers! They like to dance in the heat and sometimes spatter so be careful. I rotate them every 2 minutes or so until all sides are brown and they have transformed to dull green with a slightly wilty appearance. You want them to be soft when you bite into them. In my opinion, they aren’t as good if they are still slightly raw.

After they are blistered all over, I like to drizzle them with a little bit of sesame oil and then some black pepper and flaky salt.

Alternatively, you can also roast them in a 425ºF oven for 8-10 minutes until they are blistered. I tried this in Popo’s little toaster oven and that worked out just fine!

Enjoying Shishito Peppers

Simply roasted is just fine but you can also top them on toasts or pizza! It is also fun to try each one and see who gets a spicy one!

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

A summer staple, these Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers are a crowd pleaser for anyone who loves peppers!

Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 dry pint shishito peppers, washed and dried
  • A pinch of flakey salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • A drizzle of sesame oil

Steps

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once shimmery, add the washed and dried shishito peppers.

Cook for about 3 minutes and shake the pan to rotate the peppers. Continue to do so until the peppers are blackened and have visibly wilted, about 2 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper.

Best served warm with a drizzle of sesame oil.

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