Shishito Peppers with Soy Ginger Sauce

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Blistered Shishito Peppers sauteed in Soy Ginger Sauce are an Asian restaurant favorite that you can now easily make at home with this simple 20 minute recipe!

Blistered Shishito Peppers in Soy Ginger Sauce with Crispy Panko Breadcrumbs

Over the years I’ve turned hundreds of friends and family members on to the deliciousness that is a Shishito Pepper! Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but lets just say I’ve introduced a lot of people to these amazing little peppers, and out of all those people, everyone has loved them!

What are shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers are a sweet pepper from East Asia, often served as a starter at popular sushi restaurants such as Nobu, Ra and Katsuya. The fun thing about these peppers is that they’re a mild, sweet pepper, yet about one in every ten is spicy!  Surprise!

I call them the “Russian roulette” of peppers because you never know when you’re going to get a spicy one!

Up until a couple of years ago, I was only able to find fresh shishitos at the Asian markets around San Diego, but now I see them at most major grocery stores, including Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.

Sauteed Shishito Peppers in Soy Ginger Sauce with Chopsticks

How do you cook shishito peppers?

You can roast shishito peppers in the oven or saute them on the stove. Either way, you want the outside skin of the peppers to be blistered before serving.

For this shishito pepper recipe, I saute the peppers on the stove for 10 minutes, then add the soy ginger sauce and continue cooking for another 7-10 minutes for the sauce to thicken and glaze the peppers.

Can you eat raw shishito peppers?

Sure! Serve them with your next veggie tray or dip them into hummus for a snack. The texture of a raw shishito pepper is crisp like a green bell pepper.

How many calories are in shishito peppers?

By themselves, shishito peppers are 90 calories per pound. In this recipe, with the soy ginger sauce, they’re 68 calories per serving, which is approximately a quarter pound of shishitos.

At under 100 calories per serving these Soy Ginger Shishitos are perfect as a healthy appetizer or snack, but if you’re looking for a full meal, be sure to try this Shrimp & Shishito Pepper Stir Fry, also light and healthy and made in just 20 minutes!

Shishito Peppers in Soy Ginger Sauce on Wooden Plate with Chopsticks

Don’t forget to pin these Soy Ginger Shishito Peppers for later and when you make them, be sure to share a pic on Instagram and tag me @WhitneyBond or use the hashtag #WBRecipes!

Soy Ginger Shishito Peppers
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Soy Ginger Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers sauteed in Soy Ginger Sauce are an Asian restaurant favorite that you can now easily make at home with this simple 20 minute recipe!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 68 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp sesame oil divided
  • 1 lb shishito peppers
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated

Optional Topping

  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Add 1 tsp sesame oil to a large skillet or wok on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the shishito peppers and sauté for 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk the remaining 1 tsp sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, lime juice and ginger together in a small bowl to form the sauce.

  3. After the shishitos have sautéed for 10 minutes, pour the sauce over the shishito peppers.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for 7-10 minutes or until peppers are tender and blistering on the outside.

Optional Toasted Panko Topping

  1. Add panko breadcrumbs to a small skillet over medium-high heat. Allow to toast in the skillet for 5 minutes.

  2. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the shishito peppers and serve.

Recipe Notes

Calorie count does not include toasted panko breadcrumbs.

Use tamari instead of soy sauce & omit the panko breadcrumbs to make this recipe gluten free.

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