My husband travels down to Key West a lot for work (I know I hate him a little bit too for it). At one of his favorite bars there they offer not only cold beers, but a plate of shishito peppers to enjoy while downing that cold brew. Sounds a little like heaven right? We started scouring town for these magical peppers. They are so mild and have the best taste to them. But one in every ten or so has a serious kick. That one pepper turns this appetizer into a game of sorts. Who can find the magical hot pepper? This year we planted two of these plants in our garden. We have enjoyed them immensely, not only do they taste great but they are easy to use in a large quantity. So many pepper plants we put in the garden yield so much that we can never get through it all and I feel like we’ve wasted our bounty. These on the other hand can be quickly sauteed and the more the better since they go so quickly! If you don’t in fact have a shishito pepper plant in your yard I’ve found them at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s have been my favorite so far for the price and quantity and they always yield a few spicy ones.
- 1 lb shishito peppers
- juice of 1 lime
- sea salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large sauté pan until shimmering and hot. Toss in the peppers and cook for about five minutes. Turn them occasionally with tongs to get the skins blistered and brown. Once they are softer, brown and blistery, put them into a serving bowl and toss with lime juice and sea salt to taste.