All About Shishito Peppers & How to Prepare Them

All About Shishito Peppers & How to Prepare Them

Last week, I received an email from one of our customers with a photo of the Shishito peppers in his box, asking us what they were and what to do with them.

I just came to know Shishito Peppers recently myself (and to know them is to love them!) so here’s some info about these tasty little cuties. Tell a friend!

A little info about Shishito Peppers

A Shishito Pepper is a very thin-skinned, dainty, mild pepper that is full of flavor and super easy to prepare. Just roast or saute them in oil till they blister a bit, sprinkle with salt and eat as a great appetizer. No seeding required! Or skewer and grill them with your favorite veggies & protein. They also are perfectly fine sliced raw in a salad.

They come in varied shades of green and red.

It’s said that about one in ten Shishito peppers has a little heat, but I’ve never had one from Gaytan Farms that is hot. I think the heat is induced by sunlight and other stress to the plant.

According to Wikipedia, their Japanese name is inspired from the fact that the wrinkled tip of the pepper looks like the head of a lion! Hmmmm….? I have to take another look.

How to cook Shishito Peppers

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Here’s some great recipes from the web that you can explore different ways to enjoy your peppers.

Blistered Shishito Peppers from Cookie and Kate

Charred Shishito Peppers with Garlic Herb Oil from Chef Justin Yu

Wok-Seared Steak with Shishito Peppers from Chef George Chen

Grilled Skirt Steak with Shishitos and Charred Lemon Salad 

Where to get Shishito Peppers

This week, these delicate Shishito peppers are included in our veggie boxes and the large fruit & veggie box. 

You’ll find them in our Build A Box section whenever they’re in season! You can always add them to your order.

Every week, we post what is included in our farm boxes for the following week!