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Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Citrus Pesto Dip

Blistered shishito peppers tossed with olive oil, lemon, and salt pair deliciously with fresh citrus pesto dip for the perfect finger food appetizer!
Course Appetizer, Appetizer or snack
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer recipe, blistered shishito peppers, game day appetizers, japanese peppers, shishito peppers recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 147kcal


For Shishito Peppers:

  • 2 dozen shishito peppers
  • ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt

For Citrus Pesto Dip:

  • 4 bunches parsley large stems removed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tablespoon black pepper add more to taste
  • 1 /4 tablespoon salt add more to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil


For Shishito Peppers:

  • Wash and dry peppers.
  • Heat a large heavy skillet (like cast iron) to medium-high.
  • Toss peppers in olive oil and add to skillet.
  • Cook in batches depending on the size of your pan. Cook until blistered in a few places, then flip to blister on the other side.
  • Remove from heat to a bowl. Add lemon juice and sprinkle with salt. Toss and serve.

For Citrus Pesto Dip:

  • Blend all ingredients except oil in a food processor until well-combined.
  • Slowly add oil and continue to process until combined.
  • Place in a bowl for dipping.


  • Shishito peppers can also be prepared on the outdoor grill using a grill basket.
  • You can also prepare roasted shishito peppers by roasting the peppers under your broiler in the oven.
  • Try other dips with these delicious peppers! They are sure to be a hit!
  • We recommend you puncture each pepper before cooking in order to vent hot air that could cause the pepper to burst.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 1318mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3495IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 3mg