These shishito pepper recipes add so much flavor to your dinner table!
Do you find the pepper section of the grocery store intimidating?
It’s time to stop avoiding eye contact with these sweet peppers and start enjoying their delicious flavors and versatility.
These shishito pepper recipes range from simple appetizers to complete meals and soups.
These green (or red) peppers can be the star of a dish or they can play a fantastic supporting role.
By the time you finish this list, you’ll feel comfortable and confident to cook your way through any of these shishito pepper recipes.
What are Shishito Peppers?
You might have seen shishito peppers on menus or in the grocery store.
I used to be very hesitant to order or buy them because I wasn’t familiar with these little green peppers.
Shishito peppers are about thin and about three to five inches in length and when ripe are a light green color.
On the Scoville scale, shishito peppers range from about 50 to 200.
For reference, jalepeños are about 5,000. It’s safe to say that shishito peppers are mild enough for children to enjoy.
However, about 1 in 10 peppers is actually spicy.
How to Cook Shishito Peppers?
There are several ways to cook and prepare shishito peppers. For the best results, grill, roast, or air fry your shishito peppers.
Each method has its own benefits but they all result in a delicious dish to nibble on.
Grill: Use a basket and char them on the barbecue.
Roast: Cover them in oil and throw them in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes at 450º.
Any way that you choose to cook them, I guarantee they won’t be so intimidating anymore!
1. Blistered Shishito Peppers
This basic blistered shishito peppers recipe is a great place to start if you’re trying these green goodies for the first time.
Coat the peppers in oil and then toss them in a heated skillet.
Be careful to use more of a medium heat so they get cooked on the inside but the outside doesn’t get overcooked.
You want them blistered but not burned.
Squeeze some lemon juice on the hot peppers and add a pinch of salt before serving.
2. Stuffed Shishito Peppers
Stuffed shishito peppers are an ideal game-day recipe.
It’s a fun play on jalepeño poppers that isn’t as spicy but still has tons of flavor.
Cut the peppers open and fill them with a creamy and salty mixture that goes perfectly with the flavor of the shishitos.
These delectable, bite-sized peppers are bursting with delicious filling and will be crowd pleasers at any party.
3. Steak and Blistered Shishito Peppers
Steak is a fantastic main dish to serve with shishito peppers.
The rich meat paired with flavorful peppers makes one incredible and impressive meal.
This recipe will show you how to perfectly cook a steak and create a delicious side dish out of bright green shishito peppers.
Make this steak and blistered shishito peppers dish for date night at home for a memorable and tasty evening.
4. Paleo Mongolian Chicken with Shishito Peppers (Whole30)
Mongolian chicken with shishito peppers is a healthy recipe with enough flavor that the whole family will crave it.
Plus, it’s ready in just about 30 minutes and it’s a one-pot meal!
This chicken and pepper stir-fry is so easy to make and super delicious.
The sauce that coats the chicken and shishitos is absolutely to-die-for.
Forget takeout and make this dish instead. It will be on the table faster and it’s so much tastier.
5. Sauteed Chicken with Shishito Pepper Sauce over Cheesy Polenta
Sauteed chicken is a wonderful blank canvas for all of the shishito pepper sauce and cheesy polenta in this dish.
Sitting atop a creamy and fluffy bed of polenta is slices of tender, juicy chicken.
Then, the whole dish gets a generous helping of a shishito pepper sauce.
Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just yourself, you’ll crave this dish.
This is a spectacular way to cook with shishito peppers.
6. Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers & Dipping Sauce
Pan-roasted shishito peppers will stand up to potato chips any day if you ask me.
This is a great recipe for a fancy snack or easy appetizer.
In the skillet, shishito peppers get soft and blistered.
Once they’re perfect, they’ll get a nice sprinkle of that yummy, flaky salt.
The dipping sauce is savory and bright with flavors of garlic and lemon.
It’s creamy and makes the best dip for these peppers.
7. Chilled Shishito Pepper Soup
Chilled shishito pepper soup is a unique dish that you should definitely try.
This soup has a tangy flavor that’s so special and will have you hooked.
Plus, since shishito peppers caramelize when they roast, that flavor comes through in the soup and it’s divine.
If you crave soup but don’t want to eat something hot in the warm months, try this chilled soup.
8. Japanese Shishito Peppers with Miso Butter
Japanese shishito peppers are a light and delicious appetizer that are incredibly easy to make.
If you only have about 10 minutes to throw together a dish for a crowd, here’s the solution.
Throw the peppers in a cast iron and let them blister before coating them in a delicious miso butter sauce.
9. Shishito Red Pepper Soup
Red shishito peppers are basically overripe shishito peppers.
Shishito peppers get blistered in a skillet with fragrant onions and garlic.
Then, the ingredients are added to a blender to create a velvety soup.
You’ll want to make this soup all throughout the colder months.
This easy-to-make soup is absolutely perfect on a rainy day or a busy weeknight.
Serve it as a starter during the holidays or as a vegetarian main dish.
10. Killer Pork Sinigang
Killer pork Sinigang is a yummy Filipino stew. It’s tangy, flavorful, and packed with wonderful ingredients.
Succulent pork belly swims among aromatic veggies and herbs, tomatoes, shishitos, okra, and string beans.
The broth is the complete opposite of boring so you’ll enjoy this dish to the very last drop.
This comforting dish is sure to be your new go-to soup.
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