Roasted Shishito Peppers

It’s so easy to make roasted shishito peppers! Broil them a few minutes until blackened and tender: they’re seriously irresistible.

Roasted shishito peppers

Looking for an appetizer or snack that’s utterly irresistible? Try Roasted Shishito Peppers! This long, thin pepper has become popular in restaurants because it makes the perfect salty bites with a burst of flavor. And guess what? It’s easy to make them at home! It might look like you need fancy equipment, but all you need is your oven broiler. They come together quickly into a beautifully healthy snack or way to start a meal. Here’s all you need to know!

What are shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers are a thin, bright green Asian variety of peppers with wrinkly skin. Shishito means “lion head pepper” in Japanese. The variety is used in Asian cuisine and more recently has become popular the US and around the world.

Most shishito peppers are quite mild, but approximately 1 in 10 is spicy! So it’s a little like Russian roulette when you’re eating them. Here’s the thing: our garden shishito peppers were 100% mild (the ones pictured here). But we have had spicy ones at restaurants, so it really depends on the source for the peppers.

What are shishito peppers

How to make roasted shishito peppers

The most popular way to cook shishito peppers is to make Blistered Shishito Peppers in a skillet on the stovetop. We love this method, but we recently found that broiling is even easier! All you have to do is throw them in the broiler for a few minutes per side: no hot oil needed! Here’s what to know about how to make roasted shishito peppers:

  • Mix the peppers with oil and soy sauce. Using this method, we like to infuse a little flavor before we start.
  • Arrange them on a baking sheet and broil on High 3 to 5 minutes. Keep your eye on the broiler because the timing depends on your specific oven. Flip them when they’re mostly blackened on one side.
  • Flip the peppers and broil another 3 to 5 minutes. This blackens the other side.
  • Sprinkle with salt and enjoy! That’s it!
How to make roasted shishito peppers

Use toasted sesame oil to infuse flavor

You can find two types of sesame oil at the store: toasted and regular. For these roasted shishito peppers, make sure to get toasted sesame oil for this recipe! Here’s the difference:

  • Toasted sesame oil has a strong, nutty flavor: it’s intended for flavoring foods. It usually comes in a small bottle since it’s used in smaller quantities.
  • Sesame oil has a neutral flavor and is used for cooking.
Roasted shishito peppers

Dipping sauces for shishito peppers

You can serve these roasted shishito peppers plain, and they make an impressive appetizer for serving to guests! There’s nothing prettier than the lovely shapes of the charred peppers on a plate. If you’d like to step it up, add a dipping sauce to go with it! Asian flavors jive well, but you can also go out of the box with fusion-style flavors. Some restaurants serve shishito peppers with Mediterranean-style aiolis (typically used with French fries). So there are lots of options! Here are some ideas:

  • Peanut sauce: Whisk together 1/3 cup hoisin sauce, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, and 4 tablespoons warm water to make a peanut sauce (adjust the water to reach the desired consistency).
  • Yum Yum sauce: This savory Yum Yum sauce is served at Japanese steakhouses and is a perfect pairing
  • Spicy mayo: This Spicy Mayo is quick and easy, often served with sushi
  • Aioli: Try Classic AioliPesto Aioli, Lemon Aioli, or Basil Aioli. (If you go this route, we recommend roasting the peppers with olive oil instead of toasted sesame oil.)
Roasted shishito peppers

This roasted shishito peppers recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Roasted shishito peppers

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

It’s so easy to make roasted shishito peppers! Broil them a few minutes until blackened and tender: they’re seriously irresistible.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 8 ounces shishito peppers
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler to High.
  2. Toss the peppers in bowl with the toasted sesame oil and soy sauce.
  3. Place the peppers in a single layer on the baking sheet. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, then flip and broil 3 to 5 minutes more until blackened on both sides.
  4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt, to taste.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Asian inspired

Keywords: Roasted shishito peppers

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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