While shishito peppers hail from Japan they came to us via friends who first had them in London. Since then I’ve seen them on menus many times. Shishito peppers are usually mild and sweet but every tenth pepper or so is hot. But not too hot that you they should scare you away. I’ve been able to find these tasty little peppers at our local farmers market where they have been a bit bigger than other ones we’ve eaten plus a few of them have been on the plant long enough to turn red.

These peppers are thin skinned and cook up quickly on the grill. They’re easy to make – toss with a bit of olive oil, grill them until blistered and sprinkle with flaky sea salt such as Maldon. Serve them up as an appetizer or as a side dish to your favorite grilled meat. They make a great addition to a antipasto platter.

Through a bit of culinary caution to the wind and try some of these tasty peppers – they’re so good you’ll be coming back for more.

Grilled Shishito Peppers



Grilled Shishito Peppers
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 pound shishito peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
  1. Preheat gas grill on high.
  2. Wash and dry peppers and place in a large bowl.
  3. Toss with about a tablespoon of olive oil (enough to coat lightly).
  4. Place peppers on the grill. Leaving the grill lid open, cook for 7 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally. They are done when soft and blistered.
  5. Put peppers back in the original bowl and toss to cover in remaining oil.
  6. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.
* Can be made a few hours in advance. Cover and store at room temperature.
* Recipe can be doubled or tripled.
* Peppers can also be cooked on top of the stove in a hot frying pan.



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2015-08-27T20:43:35+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: Appetizers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


  1. Mark T. Jordan August 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Wow, Nicole – another yummy treat! Although I shupposhe it’d be difficult to try to pronounshe after a few shtiff margaritash. 🙂


    • Nicole August 31, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Dad – These are right up your alley although you may prefer a few more hot peppers!

  2. David August 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Our friends served these to us at our wedding celebration. I have yet to see any in shops here, but I keep my eyes open, as they were so tasty! And so simple…

    • Nicole August 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      David – Once again you were way ahead of the culinary curve. While I haven’t looked for them at Trader Joe’s I read in a few places that they sell them. Hope you find some soon.

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