Sesame Sautéed Shishito Peppers

These easy blistered shishito peppers will be your new favorite summer snack. The peppers are sautéed in toasted sesame oil for a nutty, sometimes spicy 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. I love trying new varieties of produce especially in the summer when there are so many options.

Sautéed Shishito Peppers

Are shishito peppers hot?

Not usually. Shishito peppers are a mild and sweet pepper but they say that 1 in 10 will be hot and spicy. And unlike hot peppers where the heat hides in the ribs and seeds, you can eat the entire pepper including the seeds without worry.


Tips to make perfect blistered shishito peppers

  • Select peppers that are about the same size. This will ensure the peppers cook evenly and in about the same amount of time.
  • Use dry peppers. Once you’ve rinsed the shishitos clean, dry them well with a clean kitchen towel. If you leave water on the peppers, you may invite unwelcome oil spattering because that’s what happens when water hits hot oil.
  • Don’t crowd the skillet. To get that nice char, leave space between the peppers. This keeps the pan hot and allows the peppers to sear not steam.

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.

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Sesame Sautéed Shishito Peppers

These easy blistered shishito peppers will be your new favorite summer snack. The peppers are sautéed in toasted sesame oil for a nutty, sometimes spicy appetizer.
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fast appetizers, shishito pepper recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Marisa Moore


  • 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 - in batches if needed. 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!


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3.4mg

Need more shishito inspiration?

Try these easy shishito pepper recipes

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Blistered Shishito Peppers with Miso


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8 Comments on Sesame Sautéed Shishito Peppers

  1. Veena Azmanov
    June 8, 2018 at 5:33 PM (1 year 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.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      June 8, 2018 at 5:59 PM (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
    Oh man these peppers look like an amazing snack!! I am in love with Shishito Peppers!!! This is the best!

    5 stars

  3. Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    June 8, 2018 at 6:07 PM (1 year 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!

    5 stars

  4. Jessica Formicola
    June 8, 2018 at 6:12 PM (1 year ago)
    I need to make these asap! They look great!

    5 stars

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

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      June 10, 2018 at 1:27 PM (1 year 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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