Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers are a delicious quick and easy snack, side dish, or appetizer. Mild and sweet, they're like single bite mini-poppers!

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Cook time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 20 blistered shishito peppers


  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 or so shishito peppers (about 4 or 5 ounces, 1 small basket)
  • Sprinkle of kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)


1 Toss peppers with oil: Toss shishito peppers with extra virgin olive oil in a bowl, so the peppers are well coated.

Toss shishito peppers with olive oil

2 Sear in frying pan: Heat a well seasoned cast iron (or a pan that can take high heat) on high heat. When the pan is hot, add the peppers to the pan in a single layer. Let the peppers sear and blister on one side, then use tongs to turn them over individually to sear on the other side.

sauté shishito peppers in frying pan

3 Salt: Remove to a bowl and sprinkle the shishito peppers with salt.

4 Make balsamic glaze (Optional):  Add a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar* to the pan. Remove from heat, and let bubble until the vinegar reduces to a glaze, which should be very quickly. Pour over the blistered shishito peppers.

*Balsamic vinegar can be syrupy and sweet, or thin and acidic. Use the syrupy kind. If what you have is thin and very acidic, stir with a half teaspoon of sugar or honey before adding to the hot pan.

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