Shishito Roulette

It has been awhile since we have had Shishito Peppers.  Actually it’s been about a year and a half since I last last had them at my favorite restaurant in Las Vegas: Jaleo.  So I jumped at the chance when I was offered some to take home from a farm I visited yesterday!


Which one is the hottie?

Shishitos are typically a mild pepper, with one in ten surprising you with a little bit of heat.  I was going to share a Scoville Scale here but every time I look one up online it’s incomplete!  Shishitos seem to fall somewhere between 100 and 1,000 Scoville Units, depending on your luck of the draw.  This is way milder than your typical Jalapeno that lands around 10,000 SU.  Shishitos are a social snack-best shared among friends.  They are a much safer version of ‘Russian Roulette,’ and they couldn’t be easier to prepare!


John and Violet played on the porch with her activity center while I darted in and out of the house taking pictures and checking the peppers.


I decided to give the 1 in 10 ratio a test and we flash fried 10 of them in about a tablespoon of coconut oil.  You might be able to get away with using less in a small pan.  I also recommend covering your pan with a lid to prevent the oil from spattering all over the stove (like I didn’t do).


These will only take about 5 minutes once you have the oil hot.  Go ahead and turn the stove up to high.  Keep your eye on them so they don’t burn.  You are looking to get a nice blister on both sides.  You will know you are getting there when the peppers soften up and deflate a bit.


Sizzle Sizzle Sizzle

Let them cool and sprinkle with a bit of salt.


Proper Shishito consumption involves eating the entire pepper in one big bite up to the stem.  Only wimps nibble at pepper roulette.


Violet doesn’t get what all the hubbub is about-and it’s nearly bed time!

End result: 3/10 were a little spicy and we can’t wait to try them again!  Tiffany

About Pretty Bird Farm

Pretty Bird Farm is a small family farm located in Delaware Township in Hunterdon County, NJ. We live our lives and manage our farm as organically as possible. Our chickens eat organic feed and only the best kitchen and garden refuse. Our veggies and flowers are also raised organically, pesticide free, fertilized with organic fertilizer.
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1 Response to Shishito Roulette

  1. Thom Wodock says:

    I think Violet just knows all of John’s facial expressions by now.


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