It is SO easy to make air fryer shishito peppers! All you need are three simple ingredients, and about 10 minutes time total! Shishito peppers make a delicious appetizer or side dish with their mild and sweet flavor.
A couple of years ago I was over at a friend’s house for a casual pot-luck dinner party. She was serving blistered shishito peppers as a vegan appetizer.
It was my first time trying this type of pepper. I was expecting a hot and spicy flavor similar to a jalapeño pepper, but what I got was a mild and slightly sweet pepper with a perfect char!
When I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday picking up some fresh veggies, and saw that they had shishito peppers, I picked them up, and put them in my cart!
After a little thought on how to prepare them, it was a no brainer! Air fried shishito peppers would be easy and delicious!
The air fryer is my favorite way to prepare vegetables! It’s so much faster than heating up the oven. Plus, the veggies get perfectly crisp on all sides with just a little oil!
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What are shishito peppers?
They are Japanese peppers! Rather than having a lot of heat, they are mild and sweet in flavor. Although, every once in awhile you’ll get a surprise, and bite into a hot one!
They have become more and more popular in the United States over the last few years, and when in season, you can often find them at your local farmers markets, or grocery stores.
This is the best shishito peppers recipe ever!
- Quick and Easy Appetizer
- Only 3 Ingredients Needed
- Uses less oil than roasting in the oven!
- Low Carb and Keto
- Vegan and Dairy-Free
- Gluten-Free (use Tamari)
Shishito Peppers: These small long green peppers are in found near the other peppers in your grocery store. You’ll need about 6 ounces.
Olive Oil: You don’t need too much olive oil, but enough to help create a nice blistered look. If you leave out the oil, because you’re oil-free, use a bit of water or vegetable broth. You can also sub the olive oil for sesame oil, or coconut oil.
Soy Sauce or Tamari: The soy sauce adds a touch of saltiness. If you are gluten-free use tamari, or simply sprinkle with sea salt.
Tools and Equipment
You’ll need your handy air fryer for this recipe! There are so many on the market to choose from. I recommend getting one with a large basket so that you can spread your veggies in a single layer without having to make multiple batches.
You’ll need a large bowl to toss the peppers in oil and soy sauce. A typical kitchen mixing bowl will do!
How to Make Air Fryer Shishito Peppers – Step by Step
Rinse and pat your peppers dry.
In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil and soy sauce.
Add the peppers to a large bowl, pour the olive oil and soy sauce over top. Using your hands, toss them together to evenly coat.
Place the peppers in the air fryer basket in a single layer. This is very important. Do not try to overcrowd your air fryer.
This will ensure that they get crispy on all sides, and have that gorgeous char look to them!
Set your air fryer cooking temperature to 400 F, and the cooking time to 5 minutes.
There’s no need to toss the peppers halfway through cooking.
If they aren’t quite charred to your liking, after 5 minutes, toss, and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, or until you get your desired char.
How to Serve Air Fryer Shishito Peppers
Transfer the peppers to a serving dish.
If you desire sprinkle them with a bit of sea salt, or a touch of cracked black pepper.
You may also like to serve these with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, or lime juice for a touch of acidity.
You could also top them with a few sesame seeds if you have them on hand!
A simple dipping sauce might also be nice! I recommend something cool and creamy like this vegan sour cream.
Are they healthy?
- High in Vitamin C-One serving of shishito peppers (8 peppers) have 170% of your daily recommended vitamin C.
- High in Vitamin A-They also have 80% of your daily recommended vitamin A.
- Low in Calorie-When use use less oil, this snack, side dish, or appetizer is very low in calories!
Yes, you can eat the seeds! Simply take the pepper, eat the flesh and seeds, in a few bites, and discard the stem.
My kids like them! They love peppers! Since these are mild peppers, kids should enjoy them! However, be warned that there might be a few hot ones mixed in!
I hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as I do! Happy snacking!
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Air Fryer Shishito Peppers
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- 6 oz shishito peppers
- Rinse and pat your peppers dry.
- In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil and soy sauce.
- Add the peppers to a large bowl, pour the olive oil and soy sauce over top. Using your hands, toss them together to evenly coat.
- Place the peppers in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
- Set your air fryer cooking temperature to 400 F, and the cooking time to 5 minutes. If needed, add 1-2 additional minutes.
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. Place the peppers in a single layer. This will ensure that they get crispy on all sides, and have that gorgeous blistered look to them!
- You don’t need to toss half way through cooking time.
- Add 1-2 additional minutes if the peppers aren’t blackened enough to your liking.
- Serve with a a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, and a creamy vegan dip if you like.