Shishito Peppers - Quick Five Minute Appetizer You Are Sure to Love!

Charred Shishito Peppers

simple salt and pepper charred shishito peppers

simple salt and pepper charred shishito peppers

Salt and pepper is all you need!

Only a few vegetables need little introduction. Shishito peppers are one such veggie that don't need more than 5 minutes to cook and they taste delicious! Just get them fresh, cook them right away and you are sure to impress yourself and whoever you serve ;)

They are not always in season though. When I do see them on the shelf, I sure do pack a bag. Last time I got them though, I forgot they were there (uhmmm.. back up refrigerator sometimes back fires lol! You often forget what is there, until sometimes it's too late). So I had to toss out a few as they perish quicker than the other veggies or peppers (1-2 days in the refrigerator).

Charred Shishito Peppers

Charred Shishito Peppers

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups shishito peppers
  2. dash of kosher salt
  3. dash of fresh ground pepper
  4. 2 tsp olive oil

Cooking method:

  1. Rinse and shake off all excess water from the peppers. Leave the stalks on.
  2. Use a flat bottom pan, bring it to medium heat. 
  3. Pour olive oil, and immediately add the peppers. 
  4. Note: Do not let the oil stay in the pan by itself at all, as it burns quickly and that's harmful for you, as the smoke is toxic.
  5. Once the peppers are in the pan, increase the heat to medium-hot, and stir them every 30 seconds. 
  6. Note: Do not stir them constantly as you want to give the peppers some contact time so they have a chance to develop the char.
  7. In about 4-5 minutes, they should be done. Toss some kosher salt and black pepper.
  8. Empty into a bowl and if you are a cheese lover, sprinkle some fresh grated cheese on top - pick any!
  9. Serve immediately :)
charred shishito peppers  - ready in 5 minutes!

charred shishito peppers  - ready in 5 minutes!

I didn't know this before, but according to wikipedia, the name refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper (唐辛子 tōgarashi?) looks like the head of a lion (獅子 shishi?), and in Japanese it is often abbreviated as shishitō. Interesting, huh?:)

charred shishito peppers

charred shishito peppers