Shishito Peppers are a sweet, thin-walled pepper from Japan. They are alleged to have been introduced to Japan by the Portuguese several hundred years ago. The original variety was hot and was thus named “Shishito” which means “Lion" in Japanese. Supporting this theory is that, in taste and appearance, the Shishito seems a close cousin of the Spanish Padrón pepper. Through selection the heat in the peppers was eliminated and today’s Shishito is mild.
Our favorite Shishito Pepper Recipes
- Shishto Peppers sauteed in olivie oil - This is so simile yet so delicious. You'll wonder why you never discovered shishito's sooner!
- Grilled Shishito peppers - Just throw them on the grill! Almonds are optional
- Shishito in soy ginger sauce - This comes from Nobu Restaurant, one of the foremost Japanese restsurants in the US. We use Diana's honey!