Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered shishito peppers are pan fried until crispy and served with a sriracha cream sauce. A quick and easy appetizer for pepper lovers! 

This is a recipe I’ve been hanging on to since I went to Austin a few years back. I think I hesitated sharing because it’s such a non-recipe. The shishito peppers themselves are incredibly easy to make. The sriracha cream sauce is also pretty much a non-recipe.

But the two together are something mighty delicious, friends.  I’ve actually made them a few times since I’ve been home so I decided that it was finally time to share these Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Cream Sauce.

Blistered shishito peppers are pan fried until crispy and served with a sriracha cream sauce. A quick and easy appetizer for pepper lovers

Word of warning. These are addicting.

Seriously.

I first tried them at a buffet style party and I’m not gonna lie,  I pretty much hovered around the table eating these. In fact, I probably ate more than my fare share. But I just couldn’t resist.

Blistered shishito peppers are pan fried until crispy and served with a sriracha cream sauce. A quick and easy appetizer for pepper lovers

Now whenever I am at a restaurant and blistered shishito peppers are an option, you can bet that I am ordering some.

Are blistered shishito peppers hot?

Don’t worry if you’re not into spicy food. Despite being peppers, they aren’t too spicy. Shishito peppers are actually below the jalapeno and just above the bell pepper on the scoville scale.

What is the scoville scale you ask? It is how the heat level of peppers is measured. At the bottom of the list with a range of 0 to 100 scoville units, you’ll find bell peppers and pimentos. At the very top of the list you’ll find the Carolina Reaper that has a whopping 1.9 MILLION.

I like spicy, but that is too spicy for this chilehead.

As mentioned above, shishitos usually fall in the 50 – 100 unit range. That being said, every once in a while, you’ll get a hot one. It won’t be hotter than a jalapeno, but you’ll definitely notice a kick.

Blistered shishito peppers are pan fried until crispy and served with a sriracha cream sauce. A quick and easy appetizer for pepper lovers!

And while the peppers are delicious on their own, I do like heat, as you may have noticed, so I serve these blistered shishito peppers with dipping sauce. But not just any dipping sauce, I decided to make a quick sriracha cream dipping sauce to go with them.  You likely have all of the ingredients you need in your kitchen: mayonnaise, sriracha and rice vinegar. If you don’t have rice vinegar you can substitute distilled.

These blistered shishito peppers made the perfect snack: Smoky, spicy, creamy, savory and all kinds of perfection.

Blistered shishito peppers are pan fried until crispy and served with a sriracha cream sauce. A quick and easy appetizer for pepper lovers! 

If you love these blistered shishito peppers, you should also try my blistered asparagus! It is perfect for spring!

Note: Post originally written October 2013, updated with new photos 2018. 

Blistered shishito peppers are pan fried until crispy and served with a sriracha cream sauce. A quick and easy appetizer for pepper lovers! 

Blistered Shishito Peppers Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5(5)

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 20 shishito peppers
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons sriracha

Instructions

1

Lightly coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet with olive oil. Turn heat to medium-high. Cook peppers just until the skin begins to blacken and blister about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt.

2

Combine mayonnaise, rice vinegar and sriracha together in a bowl. Drizzle a small amount over peppers, serve the rest alongside the peppers.

Notes

Enjoy!

Nutrition information

Calories: 167 , Total Fat: 9.5g , Saturated Fat: 1.4g , Cholesterol: 2mg , Sodium: 100mg , Carbohydrates: 17g , Fiber: 10g , Sugar: 10.5g , Protein: 5.1g

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  • Reply
    run 3
    June 19, 2018 at 12:18 am

    These were so great! I feel like I dont have to get them at the restaurant anymore. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      June 19, 2018 at 8:15 am

      You are so welcome! So happy to hear you liked them!I love when I can make a restaurant favorite at home too :)

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    April 24, 2018 at 8:01 am

    These look absolutely delicious! Yummy!

  • Reply
    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    April 24, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I love these! They look totally addictive!

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    April 24, 2018 at 5:33 am

    I’m might be in the same boat as you and just park myself beside this dish to eat as many as I can, lol! Ah-mazing!!

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    Jen
    April 24, 2018 at 5:32 am

    I am so glad you decided to share this! These peppers look fantastic. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Jenny Bullistron
    April 24, 2018 at 12:13 am

    This dipping sauce sounds amazing! What a simple snack. I love it! I’ll definitely be diving into these.

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    April 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    This is my kind of snack! That dipping sauce sound amazing!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    April 23, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    What a simply flavorful dish! I think I could snack on these all day!

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    Wendy Haynes
    February 4, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I tried this tonight as a Super Bowl snack. Great flavor. It was a huge hit!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 4, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      That is awesome! So happy to hear Wendy!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    October 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Yay! I didn’t expect to see a Japanese ingredient today hehe. I can find shishito in a Japanese supermarket sometimes but it’s hard to find here. I’ve never tried it with Sriracha before and I need to give it a try!