5-Minute Blistered Shishito Peppers (Using a Waffle Maker)

This is quickest way to create perfectly charred and blistered shishito peppers. No broiler or grill needed! {vegan, gluten free}

Create perfectly charred, blistered shishito peppers without a broiler, grill, or a long preheat {vegan, gluten free}A couple months ago when we ordered roasted shishito peppers in a local bar, I fell in love with the dish immediately. The peppers were grilled over charcoal and served with coarse sea salt flakes; they were tender and juicy, their surface perfectly browned with a hickory aroma, and the smoky sea salt so addictive that I couldn’t stop snacking on the peppers with sips of cold beer until the whole plate was empty.

I’ve been wanting to grill some peppers at home since then. But heating up broiler or hauling out my grill seems too much trouble for a small appetizer.

Create perfectly charred, blistered shishito peppers without a broiler, grill, or a long preheat {vegan, gluten free}

The BEST way to grill shishito peppers

Fast forward to March, where I was snacking on samples and chat with random people at the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) conference in Louisville. The lovely lady Ida at Melissa’s Produce handed me a beautiful bag of shishito peppers and shared her secret recipe. According to her, if you use a panini iron, it takes 5 minutes to grill perfect shishito peppers.

How brilliant an idea!

At the end of the conference, while the rest of the conference attendees were heading home with bagful of snacks and sweets, I was carrying a giant bag of shishito peppers in my purse.

Create perfectly charred, blistered shishito peppers without a broiler, grill, or a long preheat {vegan, gluten free} Back in my Austin kitchen, the grilled peppers turned out as perfect as she had made them sound.

I do not own a panini iron, so I used my waffle maker instead. All you need to do is to toss the peppers with some salt and oil, then grill them in the waffle maker for 5 minutes. You don’t even need to reheat the device. The result is perfectly blistered shishito peppers with a tender texture.

Create perfectly charred, blistered shishito peppers without a broiler, grill, or a long preheat {vegan, gluten free} I’ve created this short video to show you how fun it was to cook with these peppers!

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5-Minute Blistered Shishito Peppers (Using a Waffle Maker)
 
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I learned this recipe from my friend at Melissa’s Produce. The recipe does not grill a ton of peppers at the same time, but enough for two people to snack on. Plus it takes no time to grill another batch if you want to cook more.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shishito peppers
  • Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
Equipment
  • Waffle maker or panini iron
Instructions
  1. Combine shishito peppers, pinch of salt, and olive oil in a bowl. Toss to mix well.
  2. Arrange peppers on a waffle maker with minimum overlap. Cook until the peppers are blistered and tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Transfer the peppers into a bowl and sprinkle on a bit more salt.
  4. Serve hot or cold as an appetizer.

 

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