Sesame Sautéed Shishito Peppers

These easy sauteed shishito peppers are going to be your new favorite summer snack. The peppers are sautéed in toasted sesame oil for a nutty, sometimes spicy snack or appetizer.

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Shishito Peppers

I gave you a refreshingly cool recipe last time. This one brings the heat! Sometimes. With a heat index several times lower than a jalapeno pepper, shishito peppers are sweet and mild until they aren’t. Yes. They can sometimes surprise you. 1 in every 10-20 shishitos may just make your nose run! 

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Haven’t tried shishitos yet? I’d had them once before in a restaurant but never at home. This year, I planted a shishito plant in my garden. The plant is doing OK – giving me a few peppers a week. However, last weekend I found some beautiful ones at the farmers market and couldn’t resist taking them home to make these sauteed shishito peppers.

Sautéed Shishito Peppers

I love trying new varieties of produce especially in the summer when there are so many options.

Here’s the super simple recipe. Add toasted sesame seeds if you want or a dash of soy sauce instead of the salt. I prefer coarse salt for the occasional burst of salty flavor against the sweet, blistered peppers.

Sautéed Shishito Peppers
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Sesame Sautéed Shishito Peppers


  • 2 cups smallish shishito peppers whole
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • coarse salt to taste


  • Wash and dry the shishito peppers. (Seriously, for your safety, don't forget to dry the peppers.)
  • Heat the sesame oil in a medium skillet over high heat just until hot.
  • Add the peppers. Cook 2 minutes on high, flip and cook another 2 minutes or until the skins are blistered.
  • Plate. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Enjoy warm. Hold the pepper by the stem for easy snacking!

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8 Comments on Sesame Sautéed Shishito Peppers

  1. Veena Azmanov
    June 8, 2018 at 5:33 PM (12 months ago)
    I love deep frying pepper but I learned the hard way - you must dry the pepper well. Love the sound of sprinkling sesame seeds - Saving for later.

    • Marisa
      June 8, 2018 at 5:59 PM (12 months ago)
      Yeah. Dry peppers is THE KEY to coming out without scars! So delicious though! Reply
  2. camila
    June 8, 2018 at 5:35 PM (12 months ago)
    Oh man these peppers look like an amazing snack!! I am in love with Shishito Peppers!!! This is the best!

  3. Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    June 8, 2018 at 6:07 PM (12 months ago)
    I first had shishito peppers at Tom Collicchio's Craft in New York -- now I can't get enough of them. Definitely making this!

  4. Jessica Formicola
    June 8, 2018 at 6:12 PM (12 months ago)
    I need to make these asap! They look great!

    • Marisa
      June 10, 2018 at 1:26 PM (12 months ago)
      Thanks! Hope you love them! Reply
  5. Jaclyn Anne
    June 8, 2018 at 7:02 PM (12 months ago)
    I am always looking for new healthy snack options, and these seaseme sauteed shishito peppers are perfect! Super simple to make too!

    • Marisa
      June 10, 2018 at 1:27 PM (12 months ago)
      Yes. These were so convenient and tasty when I had a boatload of shishitos growing in the garden last summer. So simple and tasty! Reply

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