Shishito peppers are small, bright green, wrinkled peppers that are usually very mildly spicy and even a bit sweet, but occasionally a Shishito pepper can have a surprising kick! The peppers average about 50 to 200 Scoville Heat Units, which puts them just slightly above Bell peppers. Taking a small bite of the pepper first to check for spiciness is the best way to ensure this delicious variety is family-friendly.
The most popular way to prepare Shishito peppers is to fry them in oil and sprinkle them with salt. Blistering Shishito peppers are not just a delicious appetizer to order at a restaurant, they’re actually very easy to make at home. Sprinkled with flakey salt, Shishito peppers have become a popular restaurant appetizer that is both healthy and savory. Shishitos are very similar to Padron peppers, which can be prepared the same way.
The Shishito pepper is very easy to grow, and the plants can actually produce year round in certain growing regions.