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Blistered Shishito Peppers {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan}

Addicting and so poppable, Blistered Shishito Peppers are a cult favorite snack/appetizer. Salty, delicious, and so simple to make, you’ll fall hard for these roasted shishito peppers.

a blistered shishito pepper dipping a pardon pepper into a spicy dipping sauce

I freaking hate peppers, but damn I love me some shishito peppers! I love them so much I once yelled at a waitress because the restaurant we were at didn’t have them on the menu anymore. As a former waitress myself, I later apologized to her. I may have cried too. Who knows. 

Stop judging me!

It wasn’t my proudest moment, but I was newly pregnant and counting down the moments until all food was no longer welcome near me.

These blistered shishito peppers are so poppable and delicious. If you put them out at a party with Addicting Feta Stuffed Grilled Tomatoes you may just have a stampede and riot on your hands.

When is the last time you saw a fight break out over vegetables?

What Does a Shishito Pepper Taste Like?

Shishito peppers, which might also be labeled as padron peppers, are slightly sweet and mild. They adapt well to a quick stir fry in a super hot pan. I adore mine with a little sesame oil and soy sauce (coconut aminos for Whole30/paleo), but some people love a balsamic drizzle or even some grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Whatever you do, make sure to add a healthy pinch of kosher or another flaky salt (I use Maldon which is so versatile in cooking) to the finished stir-fried shishito peppers just prior to serving. The finishing salt takes these roasted peppers to the next level.

The easiest way to eat these little green gems is with your hands. Miss Manners would give you the side-eye until she tried them herself. Grasp it by the stem, and bite the pepper up to the base of the stem. Troy considers one pepper is equal to one bite, but for me, it is two chomps. Cause I’m a lady.

Dammit.

Shishito pepeprs, sesame oil, and other ingredients for making blistered shishito peppers

Are Shishito Peppers Hot?

Not generally. But, beware because one pepper in every ten(ish) is spicy AF. 

It is kind of a fun game of chicken while you’re happily chomping them during dinner. Nothing like a little danger while you eat a meal, right?

How to Cook Blistered Shishito Peppers 

*Detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of this post.

Pro tip: for best results use a cast iron skillet or a wok. Do not use a non-stick pan as it will prevent the blistering effect you’re looking for.

Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, and stir to toss. Let the peppers sit and blister for a few minutes. Stir, and let sit again until they are blistered but still firm.

Roasted shishito peppers in a wok

Add the coconut aminos and stir again. Top with sesame seeds and a healthy pinch of flaky salt and serve immediately with a creamy dipping sauce like Sriracha Vegan Aioli (aka, mayo-free goodness). Not dairy-free? You’ll flip for this zesty Sweet Potatoes Fries Dipping Sauce which combines Greek yogurt with thousand island flavors.

a bowl of roasted shishito peppers with a bowl of dipping sauce

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • The key to getting an amazing blister without making the peppers soggy is to cook them fast and hot. You want a high temp and a very hot preheated wok/cast iron so they start cooking the second they hit the pan.
  • You can sub in soy sauce for the coconut aminos if you’re not Whole30/paleo.

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WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

a bowl of roasted shishito peppers with a bowl of dipping sauce
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Blistered Shishito Peppers {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan}

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Addicting and so poppable, Blistered Shishito Peppers are a cult favorite snack/appetizer. So simple to make, you'll fall hard for these peppers.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a wok or cast iron skillet (do NOT use non-stick), heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat. 
  • Add the peppers, and stir to toss in the sesame. Let the peppers sit and blister for a few minutes. Stir, and let sit again until they have reached your desired level of blistered. (3-5 minutes)
  • Add the coconut aminos and stir to coat. 
  • Transfer peppers to a bowl, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and a healthy pinch of kosher salt.  Serve immediately.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Add the peppers to the basket of your air fryer. liberally spray with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Cook at 350 F for 7-10 minutes, shaking the basket midway. Cooking time will depend on the size of your peppers and how "done" you want them.
  • Add the peppers to a bowl and toss with the sesame oil and coconut aminos.

Notes

The key to getting an amazing blister without making the peppers soggy is to cook them fast and hot. You want a high temp and a very hot preheated wok/cast iron so they start cooking the second they hit the pan.
 
You can sub in soy sauce for the coconut aminos if you're not Whole30/paleo.
Nutrition Facts
Blistered Shishito Peppers {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan}
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 32 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 91.2mg111%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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25 comments on “Blistered Shishito Peppers {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan}”

  1. You make me want to try these and I too am not a green pepper fan, lol. Stop writing such good posts! Next thing you know I will be saying mussels taste good thanks to you, Oh noooooooooo??!!!??!!!