Sauteed Shishito Peppers

It's hard to resist ordering shishito peppers when you're out for dinner or drinks and they have them on the menu. They're a satisfying snack - both tasty and relatively healthy! Nibbling on the salty and smoky combo is addicting and you don't have to feel guilty about what you're putting in your body which is always a plus. 

I picked up a couple packages of shishito peppers while I was grocery shopping the other week. I made them for family as a pre-dinner snack and they were insanely simple to make. 3-5 minutes, oil and salt. I can't think of an easier, yet exotic starter. The bonus was my grandparents hadn't tried them before so they got a kick out of their "russian roulette" nature; in case you aren't aware, there are a couple in every batch that are spicy while the others are more mellow - even sweet.


Prep time: 0 mins
Cook time: 3-5 mins


  • 1-2 tbsp sesame oil or EVOO
  • 1-2 packs of shishito peppers
  • sesame seeds & salt to finish
  • optional: togarashi or lemon


  1. Wash and dry the peppers. Make sure they are totally dry since you'll be frying them
  2. Heat stainless steel pan and add sesame oil
  3. Once oil is hot, add the peppers
  4. Move them around until evenly blistered, about 3-5 minutes
  5. Remove from the heat and toss with salt and sesame seeds 
  6. Don't tell your guests that some may be spicy OR explain and make a game out of it