The Shishito pepper is a mild and delicate Japanese pepper. The name comes from the Japanese word for lion (Shishi) because the tip of the pepper looks like a lion. Personally, I don't see the lion head, but hey, I have trouble seeing images in clouds so what do I know!
The pepper has become one of the trendiest foods, and is simple to prepare and makes a fantastic appetizer.
What's nice about a shishito is how easy it is to prepare. In about 10 minutes we have a tasty, healthy and flavorful appetizer. It really is our go to snack!
How We Eat Them
1 T olive oil
Salt (we use Kosher)
Heat olive oil in skillet (med hi). Add peppers. Stir until the brown and blister. Remove from heat and salt to taste.
We also grill the shishito peppers and then add olive oil and salt. Either way they are delicious.
Our son Stephen likes things spicy so he adds some of our hot sauce to the peppers.
And they are easy to eat too. Just grab the stem and bite into the pepper. No eating utensils required!