Recently I was shopping at our Friday Mercado here in Sayulita with my son-in-law, who is a great professional chef. We were at the vegetable stand where there are numerous Asian grown veggies, as well as many others. Alex became so excited when he found a bowl of green and red Shishito Peppers. He bought all that they had at the Mercado! Being that I had never even seen or heard of these peppers before, I was very curious to see how he would prepare them. I had all the ingredients he needed to prepare these awesome little peppers. I just loved the result, and they are simple to prepare with only five ingredients!
For those of you who are concerned about how spicy, or “picante” these peppers might be, they are not hot at all! In fact, they don’t taste like sweet peppers or hot peppers; they are unique themselves with a different flavor, and oh so very delicious!
-As many Shishito Peppers as you would like
-Fish Sauce. (*Don Rodolfo’s and the Carniceria near the bridge both carry this.)
-Soy Sauce (*I like to use the low sodium one with a green lid. This is also available at Don Rodolfo’s.)
-Sprinkle of brown sugar
- “Blister”, or grill all sides of the peppers on the barbecue. Watch them carefully, as they blister quite quickly.
- Remove from grill, and place in a bowl.
- Add sprinkles of fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, & sesame seeds to the peppers, and mix.
- Taste, and adjust seasonings accordingly to your preference.
These peppers are my new “go to” vegetable this year in Sayulita. I just LOVE them, and they are so easy to prepare! Thanks Alex for introducing me to them; now I keep them prepared in the fridge and have a nibble when I am in the mood for a quick snack. They pair beautifully with an ice cold cerveza!
I am not certain what my next column will be, so stay tuned. It is so fun for me to research new recipes and share the ones that I really like.
I am available for catering for appetizers and special desserts. If you would like to order, have a question, or want to leave me a comment, please feel free to contact me through my Sayulita Life Web Page. I LOVE hearing from you!
*Written by: Karina Shecter