Padron peppers have been popping up at all my local farmers markets recently – but they are literally there for like 10 minutes and then their disappear. People are snatching these little peppers up like hot cakes! Last week I made an extra effort to get to the farmers market super early so I could be one of the lucky ones. These bite sized peppers are pretty mild in taste, with about 1 in 5 being hot, similar to Shisitos. (and if you’re ever with me at a restaurant and we order Shisitos, it’s probably best that we each order our own, because I could literally eat pounds of those by myself.) Anyway, back to the Padrons…
Padrons are super easy to prepare. I just saute them in a little olive oil and then season them with flakey salt, I use Maldon, and a pinch of red pepper flakes if I’m feeling daring! These Padron peppers are also more “meaty” if you will, compared to the Shisito.
The bottom line is that they are awesome, and if you see them around your farmers market you should absolutely pick some up and give them a go! They make for a perfect appetizer or light snack and take pretty much the easiest thing to prepare.
- 2 cups Padron peppers
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- flaky salt
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- Rinse the Padron peppers and then pat dry.
- Add the olive oil in a large cast iron pan over high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the padron peppers and let them saute until they are blistered on both sides.
- Remove from the oil and season with salt and red pepper flakes
- These also do GREAT on the grill! So if you're already outside grilling up some late summer grub, thread the Padrons on a skewer and let them grill for a few minutes on each side until blistered. Then throw on some salt and eat!