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These cast iron blistered shishito peppers, with a soy garlic sauce, will have you skipping them on restaurant menus and making them at home instead! Quick and easy blistered shishito pepper recipe, perfect for a snack or appetizer!
Do you ever go to a restaurant and always have a go-to appetizer that you know will be good? Shishito peppers are that app for me, they are so simple and so full of flavor. Surprisingly, I’ve never made them at home and not sure why because they are so quick and easy to make!
What are shishito peppers?
Shishito peppers are a mild green pepper from East Asia. They say that about 1 in every 10 shishito peppers are hot, but I typically never encounter spicy ones. Although you can eat shishito peppers raw, my favorite way to enjoy them is blistered in a skillet.
Cooking shishito peppers
The high evenly dispersed heat in a cast iron is the quickest way to achieve the perfect blistered char on shishitos. If you don’t have a cast iron, a regular skillet will work too.
Add the sesame oil and allow them to cook over medium/high heat for 10 minutes. Leave them undisturbed for the first 2 minutes then start pushing them around to blister on all sides. Careful while tending to them, they will start to pop as they heat up and release juices. The ones who haven’t popped after the 10 minutes, take a knife and poke them.
Soy Garlic Sauce
While shishito’s are perfectly delicious on their own with a little sesame oil, I like to add a sauce. For the soy garlic sauce, whisk together: 2 cloves of garlic, sesame oil, low sodium soy sauce, huy fong garlic chili sauce, and a touch of honey.
Once the shishito peppers are done blistering, remove the cast iron from the heat and pour the sauce in. Removing it from the heat before pouring the soy garlic sauce will prevent the garlic and honey from burning. It will steam, proceed to toss the shishito’s in the sauce until coated.
Garnish the shishito peppers with toasted sesame seeds and serve! They are best enjoyed right away while they are warm. To eat, grab them by the stem and eat the entire pepper, tossing the stem out.
These soy garlic blistered shishito pepper’s are the quick and easy snack/appetizer for any day of the week!
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- In a small bowl whisk together: 1 tsp toasted sesame oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and honey. Set aside.
- In a cast iron skillet over medium/high heat, add 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil. Add the shishito peppers and cook for 10 minutes, allowing them to blister/brown on each side. Caution: they will pop as they cook, if they have not popped by the end of the cook time take a knife and carefully pierce to pop.
- Remove from heat and add the soy garlic sauce, toss/mix the Shishito’s in the sauce for one minute in the pan.
- Move shishito peppers and sauce into a bowl and top with toasted sesame seeds. To eat: grab by the stem and eat pepper, discarding the stem. Enjoy!
- You can double the shishitos and soy garlic sauce ingredients for more servings
- Shishito peppers are best enjoyed right away while warm