Pan Fried Shishito Peppers

If you are looking for a vegetable variation to spice up your family meal, look no further. Japanese shishito peppers make for a refreshing compliment. They are crisp, flavorful with a mild kick that allows them to be eaten whole without concern for setting your mouth on fire.


  • Japanese shishito peppers
  • 3-4 Tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt, to taste



  1. Heat oil in skillet over high heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the peppers. Turning often, cook peppers until they begin to shrivel, brown and turn soft (3-5 minutes). Note that you should cook to taste as some people like them a little dente while others prefer their peppers soft and tender. My preference is soft and tender.
  3. Remove to serving dish, sprinkle with salt and serve while still hot.

What you should know

These peppers are hotter than bell peppers, but not as hot as chili peppers. As with many peppers, in dry conditions or periods of drought they tend to run a little hotter.

Re: Pan Fried Shishito Peppers

Wow, these look tasty. Do you have a suggestion as to what they might make a good side-dish for? Grilled meats, maybe?

Also, where to purchase?

Re: Pan Fried Shishito Peppers

More and more I have been seeing these tasty peppers showing up in farmer’s markets. You can always find them in Asian groceries. And just to make sure I have a steady supply I planted a few bushes in my garden.

I like them with meats such as Ribeye Steak, Rack of Lamb with Balsamic, Rosemary, and Pink Peppercorn Glaze, Hamburger heaven, Pork Chops in Bourbon, Cherry-Pomegranate Sauce, Korean galbi, and Roast Leg of Lamb

Re: Pan Fried Shishito Peppers