Sesame Garlic Grilled Shishito Peppers – now you can make this trendy restaurant appetizer at home in 20 minutes.
Shishito peppers are like a cross between a hatch chile pepper and a jalapeno. Most of the time they’re pretty mild with a touch of heat that slowly develops. But every now and then, you’ll get a firey one, that can knock your socks off.
They originated in Asia, but they’ve become more and more popular in the U.S., and they’ve made it on many menus in Las Vegas where they’re generally served as an appetizer with a dipping sauce.
Before blistering them on the grill, toss the peppers in sesame oil. It gives them a little nutty, umami kick that balances out the sweet heat of the pepper.
The dipping sauce includes a bit of sesame oil, too, along with mayo, garlic, salt and ponzu sauce. Ponzu sauce is basically a citrusy soy sauce. If you can’t find it, you can just use soy sauce.
To round out the dish and for a pop of color, serve your grilled shishito peppers with pickled red cabbage.