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Shishito Peppers Recipe

Grilled shishito peppers and corn is an irresistible gourmet appetizer.  This easy and healthy recipe is brimming with sweet and spicy flavors. A beautiful appetizer or snack to wow the crowd.

These blistered shishito peppers can be made on the stove top or outdoor grill. I also love making them in the airfryer. Similar to Corn Fritters, Zucchini Fritters and Fried Pickles this is our family favorite finger food/ snack recipe.

Grilled Shishito peppers and corn served on two black serving plates with lemon wedges viola flowers. This beautiful creation from Profusioncurry is ideal crowd pleaser.

A plate full of grilled corn and peppers, sea salt crystals and sun kissed lemon juice !! With a side of frosty cold drink while some harmonious music is playing in the background. Are you feeling the beach vibes yet?

These cute and flavorful sweet chilis with a fiery punch every now and then makes you feel and taste perfect summer instantly. And they are such charming conversation starters.

Grilled Shishito peppers served on black platter with grilled corn in the center with viola flowers spirinkle is recipe from profusioncurry

Gourmet Appetizer

We love Shishito peppers in my family and friend circle. It’s a sensory delight full if varying flavors and textures. There is interchanging harmony of spicy, sweet, salty and sour. They make such a charming appetizer.

Where To Buy Shishito Peppers?

If you haven’t tried Shishito peppers yet, you must ! These cute wrinkly sweet peppers are widely available in Japanese or East Asian produce markets like Mitsua Market and H-Mart. Many specialty grocery stores have them too. I often get mine from Trader Joe’s.

Are Shishito Peppers Spicy Hot?

The taste of these finger long, thin skinned peppers is very intriguing to say the least. Most of the peppers are pungent and sweet. But that can be unpredictable. HOWEVER, about one in every ten peppers can be SPICY HOT. Just by looking at them, you can’t pinpoint which one. So as one of our friend calls it, “eating them is like playing a Russian Roulette” …

So be prepared for a strike of heat every now and then. And if you are serving the crowd of light palates, do tell them. The Guessing Game of Getting a spicy pepper makes it so much more fun to eat them.

Grilled Shishito peppers served on black platter with grilled corn in the center with viola flowers spirinkle is recipe from profusioncurry

Ingredients of Grilled Shishito Peppers recipe

In summer months, corn is abundant around us. So I decided to mix it in with the Shishito peppers. I am keeping the seasoning to very minimal. My goal is to let the produce take the center stage and shine with the flavors. Olive oil, sea salt flakes and lemon or lime juice are the perfect companions in this dish. I love adding Shichimi Togarashi Seasoning for that perfect umami flavor but if you don’t have it easily available, simply skip it.

Shishito Peppers and Corn Appetizer ingredients

Dipping Sauces / Seasoning Suggestions

You can easily add the seasoning of your choice to make it more personalized. If you want to add velvety texture, add creamier dressings like ranch, Avocado cilantro or Mexican style Crema.

If you want to add variety of flavors try all purpose seasoning like 21 Seasoning Salute or Everything But Bagel.

For prominent Asian flavors, choose tamari or liquid coconut amino drizzle with sesame seeds. Fresh sprinkle of herbs like cilantro or chives also elevates the flavors so does edible flowers like viola or pansy.

We also love Japanese Shichimi Togarshi Seasoning. This seven spice mix has perfect balance of spice, citrus and umami. A must try!

What can I substitute for Shishito Peppers?

I am very sure you guys are so intrigued by this recipe that you can’t wait to make it. However, if you can’t easily find Shishito peppers, don’t feel bad. Padrón peppers work just as well and so do Anaheim peppers. Look for mild / sweeter variety of peppers ( milder than Jalepeno) and you are good to go.

Grilled Shishito peppers and corn served on two black serving plates with lemon wedges viola flowers. This beautiful creation from Profusioncurry is ideal crowd pleaser.

How to Cook Shishito Peppers?

You can grill the shishito peppers outdoors on the grill or indoors on the stove top. They grill, char and blister pretty quickly. So very minimal cooking time is involved. I prefer to grill them without any seasoning. I always season them after they are off the heat so the flavoring doesn’t burn and create a bitter after taste.

I love using Stovetop 2-Burner Reversible Grill Griddle to make indoor grilling. Being in Chicago we have very limited months of outdoor cooking opportunities. So this indoor grill is heavily used in my kitchen.

I love this two burner stovetop grill which heats evenly for ideal cooking. The grill marks on one side work beautifully to grill mushrooms and burgers. They also drip the oil making it healthy cooking. Griddle size is also perfect for cooking pancakes, and flatbreads and toasting breads etc.

Stove top grill for charring the shishito peppers and corn

How to make Airfryer Shishito Peppers?

Arranged washed and cleaned shishito peppers and corn on the air fryer basket. Spray some oil and sprinkle some salt. Gently toss so it coats well. Put it in the air-fryer and choose 350 degree Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Midway through, open the air-fryer, toss the peppers and corn and spray some more oil. Put it back in the air fryer and let it cook. After it’s done cooking, take them out, move them in serving dish, drizzle some lemon juice on top and Serve immediately.

Grilled Shishito peppers served on black platter with grilled corn in the center with viola flowers spirinkle is recipe from profusioncurry

How to make Blistered Shishito Peppers on Stove top?

Start off by thoroughly cleaning the peppers under cold water. Many times dirt and dust gets accumulated in the creases of these wrinkly peppers. SO I prefer to run them through the cold sprinkler spray for couple minutes tossing in between.

Drain the water and pat them dry completely using a paper towel. The moisture on the peppers will make them limp so make sure to dry them completely.

Heat a large skillet (preferable cast iron) over medium heat. Wait few minutes so skillets gets hot. Add the oil. As oil sizzles, add the shishito peppers. Spread out into one layer and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until they look charred and blistered on the underside.

Add the Corn and let it sizzle along the way.

Flip the peppers and repeat on the other side, another 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Remove the peppers and corn from the heat and sprinkle with salt and lemon juice and seasoning if using. Serve immediately.

If the peppers look blistered, but not soft, cover the pan and turn the heat down to low and cook another minute or two. If you prefer them slightly crunchy, this step is not necessary.

Grilled Shishito peppers and corn served on two black serving plates with lemon wedges viola flowers. This beautiful creation from Profusioncurry is ideal crowd pleaser.

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Grilled Shishito peppers served on black platter with grilled corn in the center with viola flowers spirinkle is recipe from profusioncurry

Grilled Shishito Peppers Recipe

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Grilled shishito peppers and corn is an healthy and delicious appetizer. It's perfect for a crowd or after school snack. This vegan and gluten free recipe is ideal for summer picnic or bbq side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Shishito Peppers
  • 1 Cup corn
  • 1 tablespoon oilve oil
  • Sea Salt per taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime

Optional Seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon Shichimi Togarashi

Instructions

Stove top Instructions :

Heat a large skillet (preferable cast iron) over medium heat. Wait few minutes so skillets gets hot. Add the oil. As oil sizzles, add the shishito peppers. Spread out into one layer and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until they look charred and blistered on the underside.

Add the Corn and let it sizzle along the way. Flip the peppers and repeat on the other side, another 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Remove the peppers and corn from the heat and sprinkle with salt and lemon or lime juice and seasoning if using. Serve immediately.

How to make Airfryer Shishito Peppers?

Arrange washed and cleaned shishito peppers and corn on the air-fryer basket. Spray some oil and sprinkle some salt and seasoning is using. Gently toss so it coats well. Put it in the air fryer and choose 350 degree Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Midway through, open the air fryer, toss the peppers and corn and spray some more oil. Put it back in the air fryer and let it cook. After it's done cooking, take them out, move them in serving dish, drizzle some lemon juice on top and Serve immediately.

 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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This recipe was originally published on June 11, 2019. We added air-fryer shishito pepper cooking instructions and republishing it on August 20, 2021.

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Debi

Thursday 25th of July 2019

These look so good. I'll make these and put them on my veggie burgers for a nice kick! And I love that you added corn to the mix!

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