Blistered Shishito Peppers

These toasty blistered shishito peppers are nutty and bright thanks to a combination of sesame oil and lime juice. The creamy dipping sauce tames any heat that may creep into these usually mild peppers. This is the perfect healthy appetizer for a small get-together.

a recipe photo of the Blistered Shishito Peppers
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • ¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

  • 1 large clove garlic, grated

  • 1 ½ tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, divided, plus lime wedges for serving

  • 12 ounces fresh shishito peppers

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)


  1. Whisk mayonnaise, garlic and 1 1/2 teaspoons each sesame oil and lime juice together in a small bowl.

  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers in an even layer; cook, undisturbed, until starting to char, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until charred on most sides, 5 to 8 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice in a large bowl. Add the hot peppers. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and toss to coat. Transfer the peppers to a serving platter; sprinkle with salt. Serve with the dipping sauce and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

111 Calories
9g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 111
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 919IU 18%
Vitamin C 102mg 113%
Vitamin E 5mg 36%
Folate 24mcg 6%
Vitamin K 36mcg 30%
Sodium 273mg 12%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 221mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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