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