Produce of the Month Guide: Shishito Peppers is an informative produce guide about shishito peppers along with a round up of 17 delicious recipes!

Shishito peppers on a white plate

Summer is coming to a close, so I’m savoring every bit of produce that I harvest from my garden until it’s gone.  My plants are still producing tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeños, chives, shishito peppers and bell peppers, but I’m getting much smaller quantities now than I was a few weeks ago.

As much as I love summer, I’m ready for it to be over since most of it was filled with smoky skies due to wild fires.  We’ve been seeing blue skies this past week for the first time in ages and I can’t tell you how good it feels.

I don’t think I’ll ever take blue skies for granted again.

Shishito peppers on a white plate

Produce of the Month Guide:  Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers will be one of the things I miss the most about my summer garden.  They’re so special that I knew I needed to feature them in my produce guide for September!

If you’ve tried shishito peppers before, you know what I mean.  If you haven’t, I hope you get your hands on some  and try out some of the amazing shishito pepper recipes below. 🙂

What are shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers are Japanese chile peppers.  The peppers received the name shishi, abbreviated shishito, because the tip of the pepper was thought to resemble the head of a lion.

The peppers are a popular snack in the Japanese culture.  Shishito peppers have become popular in the United States over the past few years, and are offered at restaurants and are sold at farmers markets across the country.

Shishito peppers are about 2-3 inches long, slender in width, and have thin, delicate walls.  The peppers are wrinkled and curvy as well.

They’re typically harvested when bright green, but if they’re left to ripen longer they will turn bright red.

Are shishito peppers spicy?

Normally shishito peppers have a mild, sweet flavor, but about one out of every 10 peppers is very spicy.   This can be due to exposure to the sun or other environmental factors.

I never knew this before, so I’m going to take a little taste test before I pop a whole shishito pepper in my mouth from now on!

When are shishito peppers in season?

Shishito peppers are available year round, but they’re in peak season during the summer and early fall.

How to grow shishito peppers

I planted a shishito pepper plant in my garden for the first time this year.  I planted it in a raised bed in full sunlight in May and was harvesting peppers 4-6 weeks later.

I have a drip system set up to water my garden for 10 minutes every morning, and other than that there was no maintenance involved.

Shishito Peppers Garden 2

The plant grew to about 2 feet high and 2 feet wide.   I worried that it may become top-heavy like my jalapeño plant, but it didn’t as shishito peppers are very light in weight.

My plant has been quite productive.  I gave away quite a few shishito peppers to friends as I couldn’t keep up with all of them due to traveling, etc.   There were still plenty for me!

My family isn’t into chile peppers which meant that I’ve eaten the bulk of my peppers.  I’m not complaining one bit because I can easily eat 1/2 lb. in one sitting….they’re that addictive. 🙂

Shishito Peppers Garden 1

Nutrition benefits of shishito peppers

Shishito peppers are very low in calories, carbohydrates and contain no fat.  They’re high in Vitamins A and C and rich in antioxidants.

Choosing and storing shishito peppers

Shishito peppers should be firm with no bruises or discoloration.

Store the peppers in a paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week depending on how fresh they were when you purchased them.

I tried to use my shishito peppers within 3-5 days of harvesting.  At times they became a bit soft, but they still cooked up perfectly.

How to cook shishito peppers

The most popular way to prepare shishito peppers is blistering or charring them.  The peppers cook over higher heat in minutes due to their thin, delicate skin.

Blistering or charring shishito peppers may be achieved on the grill, in the oven or on the stove top.

Shishito peppers are also wonderful sautéd and may even be eaten raw.

Shishito peppers on a white plate


See the 17 shishito recipes below for more delicious ways to prepare these versatile peppers!


Grilled Shishito Peppers on a skewer with lemon

Grilled Shishito Peppers with Lemon and Sea Salt

Bowl of red shishito pepper bisque with parsley on top

Shishito Sweet Red Pepper Soup by Fearless Dining


Thai Ginger Grilled Pork Rice Bowls with Charred Shishito Peppers and Pickled Daikon by A Better Happier St. Sebastian

Black Garlic Shishito Verde Chicken by Strength and Sunshine

Shishito Peppers with Soy Ginger Sauce by Whitney Bond

Shishito Pepper Tempura by Earthly Delights


Slice of charred corn shishito pizza

Roasted Corn and Shishito Pepper Pizza by Knead Bake Cook


Blistered Shishito Peppers with Smoky Paprika Aioli by Grab A Plate

Chicken with Shishito Pepper Sauce over polenta on a plate

Sauteed Chicken with Shishito Sauce and Cheesy Polenta by Fearless Dining


How to Cook Shishito Peppers by Cooking on the Weekends

Shishito Shrimp Stir Fry by Whitney Bond

Easy Sautéd Shishito Peppers with Soy Ginger Vinaigrette by The Lemon Bowl

Charred Shishito Pepper Refried Bean Tostadas by The Kitchen Prep



Grilled Shishito Peppers from the View From the Great Island

Shishito peppers and sausage in a skillet

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sausage and Creamy Sriracha Sauce by Salt Pepper Skillet

Citrus carrot salad on white plate

Colorful Citrus Carrot Salad by Cooking on the Weekends



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