Blistered Shishito Peppers

Recipe: Blistered Shishito Peppers

3 minutes to read
Lauren Taylor

Lauren Lulu Taylor

Recipe Creator


Difficulty: Easy

Ready In: 10 Minutes

Serves: 4

I adore shishito peppers. These slender peppers are native to Japan and are named after their wrinkled appearance, which resembles the head of a lion, known as “shishi” in Japanese.

Shishito peppers are typically mild in flavor, but every once in a while, you might come across a spicy surprise! It’s like playing a culinary game of roulette. The heat level can vary from mainly mild to every once in a while, crazy spicy.

Blistered shishito peppers are incredibly easy to prepare and only take 10 minutes to make. If you can’t source the peppers, edamame in the pods makes a delicious protein packed substitution. You may want to add a sprinkle of red chilli flakes or a little garlic to amp up the flavour as edamame is mild.


  • 2 cups shishito peppers, washed and dried but with stems intact
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice


1. Pre-heat the pan

Heat a heavy-bottom skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Add oil

Add olive oil to the skillet and let it dance around.

3. Start to cook the peppers

Toss in shishito peppers and give them a good stir. Let them char and blister for about 5-7 minutes, or until they reach that perfect state of smoky deliciousness.

4. Plating

Once they’re beautifully blistered, transfer them to a serving plate.

5. Season to taste

Sprinkle generously with flaky sea salt, and a squeeze of lime or lemon.

Lauren Lulu Taylor is the co-founder of the award-winning Artisan Food Company, Secret Kiwi Kitchen. With a passion for all things natural and delicious, the company specialises in selling premium baking mixes and dried edible flowers. 

Lulu has also co-authored the cookbook “Real Thai Cooking” and authored her own book on the culinary versatility of edible flowers, titled “Feasting on Flowers”

With a diverse background as an American Kiwi of European and Asian ancestry, Lulu appreciates cultural diversity and believes in the power of food to connect people from all backgrounds.

Lulu’s love for cooking and creating delicious food products stems from a personal journey. Growing up with a mother who battled cancer, Lulu experienced first hand the importance of using the best, chemical-free ingredients in food prepared at home. This experience ignited her passion for natural foods and a commitment to promoting well-being and connection through her culinary endeavours.

You can also follow Lauren by visiting LaurenLuluTaylor.

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