Grilled Shisito Peppers on a Stick


Total Time:

10 minutes



Shisito Peppers on a Stick. You should totally do this. It’s just about the easiest recipe of all times and it’s so freaking good.

It involves just a few seconds of prep work… like threading a bunch of Shisito peppers onto a water soaked skewer and then drizzling them with a bit of sesame oil and then throwing them on a hot grill for a few moments on each side.

Once the Shisito peppers are blistered on each side from the heat, you can remove them from the grill, drizzle some soy sauce on top and throw them on the dinner table for you to enjoy.

Like really. Does it get easier than that? I don’t think so!

I was making these like hot cakes pre-wedding because they were so easy and Shisito peppers are all over the place right now! I tend to pick them up from the farmers market when I see them, but you can usually find these peppers at an asian market too! You could also use Padron peppers too if those are more readily available in your neck of the woods. (They’ll just need a few extra minutes on the grill because they are bigger)

Shisito peppers can be served on a stick as a fun appetizer, or you can use them as a side dish on their own! If I serve them as a side, I’ll usually pair it with an asian grilled flank steak or some salmon and maybe some steamed quinoa or rice. I mean, there is all that delicious soy sauce on the plate that needs to be mopped up with something, right!??!

And if you’ve never had a Shisito before, not to worry, they are pretty mild and only 1 in every 10-15 has a bit of heat. But it’s nothing crazy. And I’ve found that the more blistered and cooked ones, tend to be mild all the time. But that’s just me, I could be getting very very lucky!

Grilled Shisito Peppers on a Stick

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese, Asian
Servings 4


  • 1/2 lb shisito pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame oil
  • soy sauce to taste


  • Soak some long wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • While the skewers are soaking, prepare your indoor or outdoor grill to medium heat.
  • Once the skewers are soaked, thread the shisito peppers onto the skewers. I typically can fit about 15 shisito peppers per skewer. Drizzle the skewers with sesame oil and carefully place them over direct heat on the grill.
  • Grill the peppers for 2-3 minutes on each side until they are blistered and start to char. Flip the skewers and repeat the process for the opposite side.
  • Once the peppers are cooked on both sides, remove them from the grill. The skin should be fairly blistered all around and the peppers skin should be soft.
  • Drizzle them with soy sauce and serve immediately.

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  1. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I love the smell of grilled peppers! It will always make my hubby come to the kitchen to see what’s cooking! 🙂 Love it, Gaby!

  2. Liz @ Virtually Homemade

    The first time I had shishito peppers was at Nobu. They have a beautiful appetizer where they flash deep fry them and served with flaked sea salt. I finally found them at our organic market and made them at home – so simple and so delicious. Nest, I’ll have to try grilling them!

  3. Ann P.

    MMMM, would be a lovely easy summer appetizer for an asian-inspired meal! like… teriyaki burgers with asian noodle salad. or sushiiiii!

  4. monika

    Not only do these look fabulous and pretty, but we loved grilled peppers. Have never tried these but will keep my eyes peeled at the market tomorrow.

  5. Allison Day

    I am so in love with shisito peppers. Fell hard for them at a yakitori place in Tokyo, and then again at the new tempura place in the Mitsuwa on Centinela. So going to try this recipe as soon as I can find some.

  6. Tim Vidra

    I have done this with padrons as those are readily available here. Is there a big difference in taste between shisito peppers and padrons? They certainly do look identical! Great post.

  7. Katie

    Yum! I had padron peppers, flash fried with a touch of salt, at many tapas bars in southern Spain. The odd one was fiery hot but most were pretty milk. I’ve never seen shisito peppers before, but I’ll definitely keep my eye out for either varietal. Grilling them is a great idea.

  8. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily

    I adore peppers, especially grilled or roasted. Can’t wait to try and find this variety.

  9. dani

    These are so fun and I love the idea of serving with some grilled flank steak. PErhaps a margarita? Just sayin’… they look delish!

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  13. Mike

    Every restaurant should have them for apitizers they are awesome I had my first ones in Vegas can’t remember the name of the restaurant