A Girl & Her Food: Blistered Shishito Peppers


Blistered Shishito Peppers

An amazing looking bushel of shishito peppers caught my eye this week at the farmers market.  As they are in season, and I haven't cooked with them since last year, I thought I would give them a try (you can also find them at any Asian market like Joong Boo).  Sautéed shishitos (aka blistered shishitos) are absolutely the best thing to nibble on, and they're insanely easy to prepare. I usually serve them as a snack or appetizer, but they are great additions to many dishes as well.  A newly opened restaurant, Dove's Luncheonette, serves them as a hash, with fried potatoes and an aioli, then garnished with charred scallions and queso fresco.  The recipe below, while simple, can make a hero out of any home cook.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

3 cups of shishito peppers
Sea salt 


Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook the shishitos by tossing and turning frequently until they blister. It should take up to 10-15 minutes to cook a panful of peppers.  Sprinkle with salt and toss the peppers. Next, slide the peppers onto a plate or bowl and serve immediately. You pick them up by the stem and eat the whole pepper, minus the stem. (Duh!) 

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