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Blistered Shishito Peppers have got to be one of the world's great healthy snacks. Give me a bowl of this over a bag of chips anyday!
The Japanese shishito peppers recipe that you find here is easy to make and incredibly delicious. So, you have every reason to run to your farmers markets or major grocery stores and grab some shishitos ASAP to enjoy! 😊
What Are Shishito Peppers?
The Shishito pepper, which has a beautiful bright green color, comes from East Asia. These amazing little peppers are around 3"-4" long and slender, with a thin skin that blisters or chars quite easily.
Typically they are only mildly spicy. However you may find the odd one here or there which does carry a bit more heat. It's a bit like Russian roulette!
Japanese shishito peppers have a sweet and lovely smokey taste, especially when blistered.
As mentioned, they are also healthy! BaywaterFarms.com has a great article on the Health Benefits of Shishito Peppers. After reading this article, I aim to include and enjoy more Shishitos in my diet!
What Ingredients Are Needed For This Dish?
You only need 5 ingredients to make this delicious dish! They are:
- Japanese shishitos
- Grapeseed oil or avocado oil
- Bonito flakes
- Soy sauce
- Furikake seasoning (can sub sesame seeds if you prefer)
- Sea salt (optional seasoning)
Furikake is known as a rice seasoning, but it can be used in a variety of ways, including sprinkled over shishitos! There are different types of furikake, so I recommend you just use a variety that sounds good to you.
Bonito flakes, or katsuobushi, are used here to give an extra punch of flavor. This ingredient is dried bonito fish flakes, and is widely used in Japanese cooking.
Let's gather our ingredients, and make blistered shishito peppers as good as you'll find at your local Japanese restaurant!
This simple recipe comes together very quickly!
Begin by heating up the grapeseed (or avocado) oil on a medium-high heat to high heat in a pan (cast iron pan is preferred). Add the fresh shishitos to the hot skillet and cook until charred (turning often), softened and tender around 5-7 minutes. You may need to cook in batches so the peppers aren't too crowded in the skillet and will be in a single layer.
Once cooked, place the shishitos in a large bowl, and add a little soy sauce, the bonito flakes, and furikake. Stir to combine and add a sprinkle of salt if you like!
And that is it! Your wonderful blistered shishitos are ready to enjoy!
Suggestions For Serving These Japanese Peppers
My favorite way to serve this is simply as a healthy snack. They also make for a delicious appetizer or side dish!
They also pair well with a Japanese cold beer such as Sapporo or Asahi during a fun happy hour!
Enjoy these blistered small green peppers however you decide to serve them!
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Easy and Delicious Blistered Shishito Peppers Recipe!
- pan or skillet cast iron is preferred
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil can sub avocado oil
- ½ tablespoon bonito flakes
- ½ tablespoon furikake seasoning can sub sesame seeds
- 2 ts soy sauce
- sea salt optional - add a pinch at the end if you like!
- Heat up the grapeseed oil on a high heat in a skillet (cast iron is preferred). Add the shishitos to the skillet and cook until charred (turning often), softened and tender around 5-7 minutes. You may need to cook in batches so the peppers aren't too crowded in the skillet.
- Once cooked, place the shishitos in a large bowl, and add the soy sauce, bonito flakes, and furikake. Stir to combine and add a pinch of salt if you like!
- Your shishitos are now ready to serve!