The View From the Great Island
Grilled Shishito Peppers are possibly the fastest and most interesting appetizer out there. These simple Japanese peppers are flash cooked, or blistered, on a screaming hot grill pan for just a minute or so, and then served with a shower of salt or a small dish of soy sauce for a crazy delicious treat.
- about 15-20 Shishito peppers per serving
- oil for lightly coating the peppers (I used sesame, you can use peanut, olive, or whatever you like)
- black sesame seeds or sea salt
- tamari soy sauce, ponzu sauce, or fresh lemon juice
- Toss the peppers in a little bit of oil to lightly coat them. I used sesame oil, but you can use olive, peanut, or whatever oil you like.
- Set a grill pan or large skillet over medium high heat and let it heat up until nice and hot.
- Put the peppers in and let them cook for about 5 minutes, until they are blistered and charred in parts. Shake the pan or toss them around every 30 seconds or so.
- Remove from the pan and sprinkle with sesame seeds or salt.
- Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon, or a light sauce.