Charred Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers are becoming much easier to find in the supermarkets these days, and if you're lucky enough to have them in your store, grab them. They are super easy to prepare, whether in your air fryer (as per this recipe), or in a cast iron skillet or on the grill.

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Charred Shishito Peppers

  • Prep Time: 2 m
  • Cook Time: 5 m
  • Total Time: 7 m
  • Servings:


  • 20 shishito peppers about 6 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • 1 lemon


  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 390ºF.
  2. Toss the shishito peppers with the oil and salt. You can do this in a bowl or directly in the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry at 390ºF for 5 minutes, shaking the basket once during cooking.
  4. Turn the peppers out into a bowl. They should be a little charred in places.
  5. Squeeze some lemon juice on them and season them with coarse sea salt.
  6. These should be served as finger foods. Pick the pepper up by the stem and eat the whole pepper, seeds and all. Watch for that hot one!
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  1. 5 stars
    I became a fan of Shishito peppers last year after having them as an appetizer T a favorite restaurant. I have prepared them according to your recommendations but add a lemon garlic aoli as a dipping sauce.

    Thank you……love it.

  2. 5 stars
    Before discovering your recipe, I fried up a whole bag of these chilies in a skillet with a little garlic oil, salted. They came out perfect with a little char. I tucked a few in my French omelette alongside link sausage and shredded Mexican blend cheese, for breakfast. Topped the cooked omelette with a few dollops of my favorite medium salsa— delish. Last night, I put several of the leftover chilies in soft flour tacos with grilled pollo asado, grilled onions, salsa and shredded cheese— yummy also! Love these mild, (sometimes a surprise spicy one), with an interesting grassy flavor.

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