Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric

Shishito peppers are a Japanese variety of peppers that are bright green mild chili peppers . It is said that one in every 10 shishito peppers is spicy, and it’s hard to know if that one spicy pepper will end up in your batch.  The excitement, the anticipation, the unknown, and the wondering of  “Am I going to bite into that one spicy shishito pepper?”  makes it a fun experience eating shishito peppers 😳😡😀. Shishito peppers are so pupular these days that restaurants around town serve blistered peppers as appetizers. 


In this recipe it doesn’t matter which pepper you use – shishito peppers or any other variety of pepper. These blistered peppers with mustard seeds  make a great side dish.


Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds & Turmeric


  • About 10 Shisito peppers cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1 cup). You can also leave the peppers whole and not cut them if you want to serve them as an appetizer.
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • In a small pan heat 1 tsp oil. Add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Cover the pot to prevent the seeds from popping all over the counter. Once the mustard seeds stop popping, add turmeric powder, pinch of salt and shishito peppers.
  • Shallow fry shishito peppers in oil for a few minutes until slightly browned and blistered, about 5 minutes.  Once they are blistered and charred, they are ready.


Serve shishito peppers as a side condiment or serve as an appetizer along with cheese and crackers.



Cook’s Notes:  Any pepper such as green bell peppers, red, orange, and yellow bell peppers can be used as well to make this dish.  Give it a try!

13 thoughts on “Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric”

  1. Dolly !!!! Can you believe this Sunday is my 50th Wedding Anniversary and i was just thinking after reading your post on Blistered Shishido Peppers, how Kiitu Maama loved to prepare Hari Mirch ka Achar … ( Stuffed Green Pepper Pickles) … He was so methodical about it and the result . perfect Stuffed pickled Peppers . I love the milder Bell Peppers , any color ( Yellow, Orange and Green) as they are only 10 calories each .. a diabetic friendy vegetable … Mama would have been so proud of your Culinary skills.

    1. Wow 50th wedding anniversary, Kittu Mama always has a special place in my heart. He was an amazing cook, I remember him cooking favulous Indian dishes in Houston. One of his pride dishes was potato cutlets that I still remember him waiting for me to come home from work to serve them and ask me how I liked them. Fond memories of Kittu mama, Thanga Mami and Mom all living in the same town.

      1. mama was very fond of Kiran and told me often that it was because of Kiran he did not miss his own kids when he was staying with ur mom in Houston. Kiran made him very happy and loved.

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