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How to Cook Shishito Peppers

How to Cook Shishito Peppers

Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by

Shishito Peppers are small green peppers with very thin skin. Because they are small and thin, they will cook very quickly. I’m going to show you a few methods for how to cook shishito peppers so you have a few ideas on what you can do with them and how they can be served.

This is one of those foods that’s not terribly common, so a lot of people will avoid them because they’re not sure what to do with them. If you don’t know how to cook shishito peppers Japanese style or any other method, you might pass over them in the grocery or market. Once you know a few cooking methods or you watch a video on how to cook shishito peppers, you’ll be able to buy them and cook them with confidence.

Here’s an interesting fact about shishito peppers- most of them are very mild , but every once in a while you get one that’s quite spicy. This element of surprise makes them a fun eat, as long as you don’t mind a little heat with your peppers.

There are a few different methods you can use to make them that people who are experienced with them will swear by. You have to find one that works for you, so I’ll share with you a few different methods for how to cook shishito peppers in oven or on the stove.

Stovetop Shishito Peppers

This is the quickest and easiest way to cook up shishito peppers that I found. When you cook them, you want to make sure that you’re not over stuffing the skillet. Give them enough room that they can all cook and don’t stack any peppers on top of each other. Following that simple rule will ensure that you’re not putting too many into the skillet at once. If there’s enough room for all the peppers to lay flat in the skillet, then there’s enough room for them to cook properly.

You should cook them in a little oil as well. You don’t need a lot- just enough to lightly coat each of the peppers.

I’m going to show you how to cook sesame peppers in a quick and easy way that anyone can do.

Before you start cooking with the peppers, you should wash them and then pat them dry. You want to make sure there’s no water on them before you start cooking them up.

To oil the peppers, you should toss them in oil rather than just throwing them into a pan that has oil in it. This ensures the oil gets into all the little crevices of the peppers. This helps you control the amount of oil in the pan as well too.

Add your oiled up peppers to the pan and let them cook for about a minute before you start stirring them. This lets them get a nice char on the outside. Add in your sesame seeds as well, and you can stir the peppers around with the seeds to coat. They should cook for about 10 minutes together and will probably make popping sounds as they cook. They should have some blisters on them when they are well cooked. That’s all there is to this simple dish and it’s a great way to start out trying the peppers for yourself to see if you like the flavor and to experience cooking them up on your own.

Shishito Peppers- How to Cook in Oven

Let’s cover another method for how to cook shishito peppers. They can be cooked very quickly in the oven, and I’ll show you a simple way to make them.

Like cooking them on the stove, you want to coat your peppers in oil before roasting them. You can use avocado oil or vegetable oil or your favorite cooking oils. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and while it is warming up, you can coat your peppers in oil.

How to cook shishito peppers in the oven to make sure they don’t burn? That’s really important, as you could easily burn them if you cook them for too long. They only need to roast for about 5 to 7 minutes. Once they’re done cooking, they will look puffy and blistered. This is completely normal, and it means they are done. When you take the peppers out, they should deflate almost immediately. Be sure to serve them right away while they’re still hot.

You can coat your peppers in spices if you want, like sesame seeds, parsley, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes, and more.

How to Cook Shishito Peppers Japanese

These peppers are a traditional Japanese food, and I want to show you a traditional Japanese way to make them. This is a little more complicated than the other methods I’ve shared with you so far, but once you’re comfortable working with shishito peppers, you may want to try learning how to cook them in a traditional Japanese method.

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How to Cook Shishito Peppers Japanese


  • 8 ounces Shishito Recipe
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp of lime juice
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • ½ tsp of chili paste


  • Heat up a skillet on high heat. While it is warming, mix together the shishito peppers with two tablespoons of sesame oil in a bowl. Then, add the peppers into the skillet ensuring they are in a single layer.
  • Cook them for about 10 minutes, turning every so often and allowing them to char.
  • In a separate bowl, combine ginger, soy sauce, mayonnaise, honey, sesame oil, chili paste, and lime juice.
  • After the peppers have blistered, add them to your sauce and coat thoroughly. Garnish with sea salt and serve.

There you have a few methods for cooking shishito peppers. I hope you’ll give these a try and not be too scared off by the idea that some of them are spicy. For the most part, shishito peppers are very mild and you’re actually unlikely to taste any spicy ones. Just keep in mind that is a possibility and be careful about eating a whole pepper at once. You can end up with a burnt tongue and watery eyes before you know it.

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I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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