Easy Baked Shishito Peppers

Need an easy appetizer for your next gathering? Try our Easy Baked Shishito Peppers.  These are little green mild chili peppers, mostly sweet, with an occasional “hot one” mixed in the bunch.  This recipe is easily tossed with 2 ingredients and quickly baked in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. 

 

A white bowl as a barbecue side, our Baked Shishito Peppers.

Shishito Peppers…

These shishito peppers are small, slender, and brilliantly green. Fun to eat and ideal to serve as appetizers! They are simple to make, delicious tasting. For more vegetable warm appetizers, try our Easy Roasted Artichoke Hearts with Lemon-Garlic Aioli, Spinach and Kale Bites, and Mini Peppers Sauteed with Garlic. And for cold appetizers, don’t miss our Easy Caprese Skewers, and Easy Mexican Spicy Bean Dip.

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Ingredients Needed:

  • Shishito peppers
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Optional: lime or lemon juice
  • Optional: a few drops of toasted sesame oil

Two ways to make shishito peppers:

You can make these shishito peppers in two ways:

  1. SAUTEED: they can easily be sautéed on stove-top in a skillet.
  2. BAKED: you can toss them on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven.  

How to Bake Shishito Peppers? (*full recipe card below!)

Today we are going to talk about baking these little peppers. Not only were they easier to bake them, but with no mess either, making clean up a breeze!

1.  Toss them into a mixing bowl with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.  If you prefer an Asian flair to them, then you can add a few drops of toasted sesame oil.  

Fresh shishito peppers scattered in a blue baking pan.

2.  Next, bake them for about 10 to 15 minutes, until they are slightly charred and slightly blistered.  No need to turn them.  But keep an eye on them, they bake quickly.  Then transfer to a bowl and serve them warm.

Notes and Tips

  • These peppers always have a surprise in the bunch- one or two “hot” ones, and the suspense is all part of the fun.
  • It’s good idea to have a glass of water, or something to drink nearby, in case you bit into a hot pepper.
  • Toss any leftovers into an omelet the next day, for a quick breakfast or lunch.
  • The best prices on shishito peppers are sometimes at Costco, when they have them in season.

Questions & Answers…

  1. What is a Shishito Pepper? Shishito pepper is an East Asian pepper that resembles a wrinkle jalapeno pepper but these are mildly sweet with a few hot ones mixed in the bunch. 
  2. What do they taste like? These little green peppers taste peppery with a mild note of citrus.
  3. How to do we eat shishito peppers? Simply pick them up by the stem, and eat the whole pepper (not including the stem). 
  4. Where can we buy them? Shishito peppers can be found in most Asian markets and most supermarkets, including Trader Joes.
  5. How are they served? They are popularly served as an appetizer. Place them in a bowl, or on a charcuterie board alongside with your cheeses and cured meats.
  6. Can we make them on Stove Top? I have made them a few times sautéing them on the stovetop, but they splash and pop when they blister and make a huge mess on the stove.   
A white square bowl with baked green shishito peppers.

Easy Baked Shishito Peppers make a great snack and a fun-finger appetizer when you need one.

Our family loves them.  My son-in-law introduced them to me a few years ago, and now I’m hooked. 

This vegetable dish will certainly be a new staple appetizer at our family and friend gatherings, and hopefully, it will be for you too. Try this recipe, it won’t disappoint!

ENJOY!!

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Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Easy Baked Shishito Peppers

A white bowl as a barbecue side, our Baked Shishito Peppers.

Easy Baked Shishito Peppers are little green mild chili peppers, mostly sweet, with an occasional hot one mixed in a bunch. This recipe is easily tossed with 2 ingredients and baked in less than 15 minutes. Serve warm as a fun appetizer or as a side!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of Shishito peppers
  • 1 + 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • optional: lime or lemon juice
  • optional: a few drops of toasted sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180C).
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss the shishito pepper with olive oil and sea salt. NOTE: If you like a more Asian flair to them, add a few drops of toasted sesame oil.
  3. Transfer to a baking pan, and scatter them in an even layer.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until they are slightly charred and blistered.
  5. Remove and transfer to a serving bowl and serve warm. Optional: Serve them with some freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice over them, about 1 tablespoon.
  6. Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste.
  7. Serves 6 to 8

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 2.3gCarbohydrates: 3.8gFiber: 2.5gProtein: 1.3g

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2 Comments

  1. I grew shishito peppers this year! I’ve blistered them in cast iron but doing them in the oven would be much easier. Love the sesame oil in your recipe!

    1. wow! You are so fortunate to grow these peppers in your garden Yes, making them in the oven is definitely the way to go!…they are so much fun as an appetizer. And, thanks for the lovely comment Susan! YOu’re the BEST!! Have a great weekend! 🙂