These blistered shishito peppers are perfect little snack bites! They take less than 10 minutes to prepare. All you need are the shishito peppers, olive oil, and salt, and maybe some balsamic for drizzling if you want to get a little fancy.

What are Shishito Peppers?

They’re a thin-skinned, sweet pepper from Japan. I say sweet, but about one in ten of the peppers are spicy. Not as hot as a jalapeño, but enough to make your tongue tingle. They’re about the same size as a padron pepper, the ones I’ve seen at the market ranging from 1 to 5 inches long.

They come into season in summer through early fall, so grab a box at your local farmer’s market while you can. Our local Whole Foods also carries them.

The Perfect Appetizer Bites

Shishito peppers are sort of boring raw, honestly. But seared so the skin blisters up in dark bubbly patches? So good!

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