Air Fryer Shishito Peppers – How to make it step by step?

Shishito peppers cooked in an air fryer are the ideal snack or starter for any event. They are flavorful, fast, light, and completely enticing. Shishito peppers can be served with only a sprinkle of salt or the accompanying sesame-ginger dipping sauce. Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers cooked in the air fryer are nut-, gluten-, and vegan-free and ready in 15 minutes!

Shishito peppers make for a delicious and entertaining snack. They are the ideal tiny two-bite vegetable and are simple to pick up with your hands because of their long stems.

The majority of shishito peppers are rather mild, while you can sometimes find one that is hotter. But don’t worry, it won’t be too hot even if you do.

About Shishito peppers

Small, wrinkled jalapenos-looking Shishito peppers are mild green peppers with a long form. They are excellent for roasting since they have a thinner skin than other varieties of peppers. Shishito is a combination of the Japanese words Shishi, which means Lion, and Togarashi, which means Lion Head Pepper.

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In terms of form and place of origin, they differ slightly from the Padron kind of peppers. Small, vivid green peppers known as pimientos de Padrón are grown in Galicia, in the northwest of Spain, on the Padrón. Some people are hot, some people are not, goes the proverb.

How to make air fryer shishito peppers step by step?

First of all, for three minutes, preheat the air fryer at 400F. I use a vortex air fryer from Instant Pot. It asks me to add the food once the preheating is finished. I time a 3-minute preheating cycle when using a Philips Viva.

Wash and dry the shishito peppers while the airfryer is heating up. Make sure there is no dampness on them.

The peppers should then be tossed in 1/2 a teaspoon of oil or frying spray.

Add the oil-coated peppers when indicated, and air fry for 6-7 minutes. To ensure that air fried peppers are roasted uniformly, periodically inspect the air fryer and jiggle the basket.

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The popping sound is normal when the peppers sear and roast; don’t be alarmed by it.

Shishito Peppers Dipping Sauce

I suggest serving your shishito peppers with Ponzu sauce if you have some stowed away in your cabinet or refrigerator. I didn’t, so I created a substitute with fresh garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and citrus juice (lime juice and lemon juice – or, for a sweeter sauce, try fresh orange juice). Although it isn’t exactly like Ponzu sauce, it tastes great when combined with the smokiness of the peppers. Use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari in place of conventional soy sauce to keep it gluten-free.

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Pro tips to make this air fryer roasted shishito peppers or air fryer padron peppers?

Prepare the air fryer by heating it up. To prevent mushy peppers, air fried at a higher temperature. Always remember to cook quickly and quickly!

Lemon and sea salt work so well together. Almost immediately after transferring the peppers to a serving plate, season with sea salt and a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime juice. The tastes are enhanced significantly. To help them adhere better to the peppers, season them rapidly. Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

I enjoy serving my shishito peppers hot out of the air fryer, seasoned with salt and lemon juice, as a side dip. With Vegan Garlic Aioli, these are delicious. (I like Leon garlic aioli)

Serving suggestions

Shishito peppers make a delicious snack while you prepare supper since they are so light. Additionally, because they are roasted in the air fryer, they are out of the way while the stove and/or oven are being used.

Shishitos go great with vegan cheeses like Almond Queso Fresco, Vegan Feta, and even Cashew Mozzarella because of their mellow, garden-fresh flavor. Serve with your preferred pre-dinner drink or other beverages and gluten-free rice crackers.

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Actually, I particularly like roasted shishito pepper leftovers cold and straight from the fridge. The soft, chilly peppers can be eaten straight or added to salads and sandwiches.


Where to buy shishito peppers in the UK?

Shishito peppers may be purchased through local farm stands, Amazon UK, or the Costco UK warehouse. In your neighborhood grocery shop, look for them in the fresh produce area. Padron Peppers, a close relative of Shishito, are also sold in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

Can you eat raw shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers can be consumed uncooked. Like green bell peppers, raw chiles have a sweet taste and crunchy texture.

Are shishito peppers hot?

Shishito peppers are often considered mild. A hot pepper may occasionally make its way into the mix, but it is normally no more than one out of every 10 or more peppers.

Are air fryer shishito peppers good leftovers?

It’s better to eat your air-fried shishito peppers right away. They get mushy after chilling and warming.

Can you eat the seeds inside shishito peppers?

Yes! The seeds inside roasted shishito peppers are very soft and tasty. The only part of the pepper you should avoid eating is the stem.

If I don’t have an air fryer how should I prepare them?

Shishito peppers that have developed blisters are often fried on the stovetop in a skillet. Online, there are a ton of recipes for this technique.

Why do you poke a hole in shishito peppers before cooking?

Shishito peppers may split or explode while cooking due to their relatively thin skins when internal steam pressure increases. Each pepper should have a hole pierced through it to allow steam to escape and keep the peppers from bursting.


Have you tried making shishito peppers in the air fryer? Air Fryer Shishito Peppers. Comment below with details and let me know! I always like hearing your opinions. If you’ve tried any of my recipes, be sure to tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #The Angelo’s Burgers. I always like seeing what you’re making in the kitchen.

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