Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

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Air Fryer Shishito Peppers are the perfect healthy appetizer! With a deep flavor and crispy crunch, these peppers will be a big hit with everyone.

plate of Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Shishito Peppers In The Air Fryer

Shishito peppers, prized for their mild heat and subtle smokiness, undergo a delightful transformation in the air fryer. This cooking technique imparts a perfect char and crispy texture to the peppers, elevating their taste to new heights while retaining their natural crunch.

hand holding cooked shishito pepper

And they’re so versatile in the kitchen. These peppers can serve as an excellent appetizer, snack, or accompaniment to a variety of dishes, providing a harmonious blend of heat, smokiness, and crunch that will leave you reaching for more. Simply grab them by the stem and enjoy!

Love appetizers made in the air fryer? We’ve got plenty of yummy recipes, like Air Fryer Nachos, Air Fryer Frozen Crab Rangoon, or Frozen Cheese Curds In Air Fryer.

air fryer basket with shishito peppers inside

How To Make Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Add about a half a pound of washed shishito peppers to a prep container. Drizzle on oil and sprinkle on seasonings. Use a spoon to toss the peppers and coat in the oil and seasonings.

Place peppers in air fryer basket. Close up the air fryer and heat to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Halfway through cooking time, pull out the air fryer basket and shake the peppers so they cook more evenly.

Once the time is up, open up the air fryer and check the peppers. As all air fryers cook differently, you may need to heat the peppers for a couple more minutes.

If they are done, use tongs or a spatula to move peppers to a serving plate or bowl. They will look just like restaurant quality!

close-up of cooked shishito peppers

Cooking Tips

  • No need to remove the seeds of these peppers
  • Use any seasonings of your choice
  • You can omit the oil, but it does add flavor

blistered shishito peppers cooked in the air fryer

Should You Chop Shishito Peppers?

No need to slice up shishito peppers to cook them. The seeds are edible and the stem serves as a great way to pick up the peppers and eat them. As appetizers, they are the perfect finger food!

hand holding air fryer basket with cooked shishito peppers inside

Are Shishito Peppers Healthy?

Yes, shishito pepper are very healthy. Packed with vitamins B, C, and E, they are very good for you. And when you cook them in the air fryer, they become a healthy and flavorful appetizer or side dish.

Can You Freeze Whole Shishito Peppers?

Yes, you can freeze whole shishito peppers in a freezer-safe bag. This is a good solution for longterm storage.

snack plate of Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

What To Serve With Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

These perfectly crunchy appetizers would be delicious with other mildly spicy snacks like Spicy Garlic Eggplant Spread Recipe, Sour Cream And Salsa Dip, or Baked Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks.

Or slice up these flavorful peppers and top dishes like Shrimp And Broccoli Stir Fry, Chicken Zucchini Mushrooms Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry, or Sautéed Cauliflower Recipe.

air fryer opened to show Shishito Peppers cooking inside

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Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers are the perfect healthy appetizer! With a deep flavor and crispy crunch, these peppers will be a big hit with everyone.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: Air Fryer Shishito Peppers
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 21kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz peppers shishito variety
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

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Instructions

  • Add about a half a pound of washed shishito peppers to a prep container. Drizzle on oil and sprinkle on seasonings. Use a spoon to toss the peppers and coat in the oil and seasonings.
  • Place peppers in air fryer basket. Close up the air fryer and heat to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Halfway through cooking time, pull out the air fryer basket and shake the peppers so they cook more evenly. 
  • Once the time is up, open up the air fryer and check the peppers. As all air fryers cook differently, you may need to heat the peppers for a couple more minutes. 
  • If they are done, use tongs or a spatula to move peppers to a serving plate or bowl. They will look just like restaurant quality!

Notes

  • No need to remove the seeds of these peppers
  • Use any seasonings of your choice
  • You can omit the oil, but it does add flavor
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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