Charred Shishito Peppers Sprinkled with Sea Salt: The Perfect Kick

Elevate Your Evening with Charred Shishito Peppers

Tossing Shishito peppers sprinkled with sea salt onto a hot pan? Oh, it’s like casting a culinary spell. As they get that hint of char, these little wizards of taste amp up your evening drink in a jiffy.

A Delightfully Quick Appetizer

The beauty of Shishito peppers lies in their simplicity. Once they’re heated to perfection, they can be adorned with just a sprinkle of sea salt, a rich drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar, or a zesty mixture of lemon juice and honey. And, with Shishito peppers becoming increasingly available, it’s a joy to note that they’re now more affordable than before. I still recall them being priced at $7.95 a pound a few years back, but my recent purchase? An 18-ounce bag for just $4.99!

However, here’s a fun twist: while Shishito peppers are generally mild, every once in a while, you might encounter one with a fiery spirit. This unpredictability adds an exciting element to your dining experience, but do give your guests a gentle heads-up! Planning a gathering? These peppers might just be the talk of your New Year’s Eve soirée.


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons of light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces of Shishito peppers (115g, ensure they’re clean and dried)
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons of Balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse sea salt (season as per your taste)

How to Prepare

  1. Start by infusing your oil: in a mortar and pestle, combine garlic and oil. Crush the garlic slightly – the goal here isn’t to form a paste but to let the garlic essence meld with the oil.
  2. Next, place a sauté pan or wok on medium-high heat. Pour in the garlic-oil mixture, ensuring the crushed garlic pieces remain in the mortar to avoid them burning.
  3. Lay the Shishito peppers evenly on the pan, ensuring each one makes contact with the surface. Sear each side until they showcase a lovely golden hue. Regularly toss and turn them until their entire surface is blistered, taking about 6 to 8 minutes in total.
  4. For those who enjoy a deeper char on their peppers, ramp up the heat for the last 30 seconds.
  5. Finish off by seasoning the peppers with a generous pinch of coarse sea salt. Toss them well, place them on a serving dish, and optionally drizzle with balsamic vinegar. A final sprinkle of sea salt, and they’re ready to be devoured!

Besides their tantalizing taste, Shishito peppers pack a nutritional punch. They are rich in Vitamin C, which can bolster your immune system and improve skin health. Additionally, peppers are known for their potential metabolism-boosting properties. So, with each bite, you’re not just indulging your taste buds, but also gifting your body a dose of wellness. Delightful to taste and loaded with health benefits – it’s truly a win-win! Enjoy responsibly and savor the moments of togetherness these peppers bring.

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