It comes but once a year…shishito pepper season. Oh, you haven’t heard of them? Well now you have. Go run out and get some before they’re gone.
Shishitos are mild Japanese peppers that make the perfect snack. These fingerling sized peppers have thin walls and edible seeds, so they are insanely easy to cook and eat. The most common way to eat them is blistered with a little sea salt.
Heat a pan with a little olive oil on medium high heat until the oil shimmers. Drop your peppers in, giving them room to breathe. (Read: Don’t crowd the pan.) Let them cook for a minute or two, then flip over and let the other side blister. While peppers are still hot, sprinkle them with a little sea salt. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice enhances the pepper’s natural flavor and takes away the slight bitterness the membranes may impart.
Serve immediately and enjoy. You eat the peppers by holding on to the stems and biting the whole thing. No utensils necessary! These are quickly becoming my favorite tapas to enjoy with a beverage. At about $10 a pound, they aren’t your typical bargain peppers, but they are worth every penny.
Have you tried shishito peppers?