Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Blistered Air Fryer Shishito Peppers has a smokey, sweet, mild flavor and so irresistible. With only 3 ingredients, they’re super fast and easy to make. Pair them with garlic aioli for a delicious appetizer or snack.

air fryer shishito peppers on a plate with garlic aioli.

If you haven’t eaten these blistered Air Fryer Shishito peppers you’re missing out. I love peppers of every kind and this is one of my favorites. I discovered them when I ran out of my spicy green chili peppers. I always walked past them at the store and never really saw them. They weren’t spicy, quite the opposite. These are very mild and taste similar to green bell peppers with a punch.

When cooked something remarkable happens to these little bite-sized peppers. They get this charred, smokey, sweet flavor that’s so delicious. Paired with my garlic aioli, you’ll definitely go for seconds. It’s a kind of appetizer your guests will fall in love with. It also makes a great side dish or snack any time of the day.

We love this Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers as an appetizer too. For more delicious Air fryer recipes, check out our Air Fryer Recipe Collection.

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Why We Love this recipe:

  • Blistered shishito peppers are full of flavor
  • Makes a great appetizer or a snack
  • Takes only 6 minutes to make in the air fryer

Ingredients and Notes

Ingredients for air fryer Shishito peppers.
Ingredients for Air fryer French toast sticks
  • Shishito peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

What Are Shishito Peppers?

shishito peppers in the package.

Shishito peppers are popular in Japan as a mild chili pepper. It’s becoming popular in the rest of the world, especially in North America where you’ll find it as an appetizer on menus.

They’re not seasonal and you can buy shishito peppers all year round in grocery stores, specialty stores, or farmer’s markets.

Shishito peppers are healthy and good for us as it packs a high content of Vitamin C and is loaded with other nutrients like manganese and potassium.

Are Shishito Peppers Hot?

Shishito peppers aren’t hot at all. They are milder than jalapeno peppers. It’s written in the package that 1 in 10 peppers will pack a bit of extra heat but I’m yet to find one.

You can eat the whole pepper with the seeds. No need to remove the seeds unless you’re stuffing them. They can be eaten raw too.

How to Make Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

*Scroll below for the printable recipe card and ingredient measurements.

adding oil to shishito peppers.
salting the shishito peppers.

STEP ONE: Preheat Air Fryer at 380˚F for 3 minutes.

STEP TWO: Rinse and dry the peppers if you prefer.

STEP THREE: Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Mix until the peppers are well coated with oil. You can also use an olive oil cooking spray to coat the peppers.

Shishito peppers in the air fryer.

STEP FOUR: Place the peppers in the Air fryer basket in a single layer.

STEP FIVE: Air fry at 380˚F for 6-8 minutes until they get blistered and charred, shaking the basket halfway through. You might find one or two peppers popping. If that happens, remove the Air fryer basket and give it a good shake.

*Air fryers come in different sizes and models, and you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Air fryer blistered shishito peppers.

STEP SIX: Transfer the air-fried peppers to a serving dish. Serve them with lemon or lime wedges or your favorite dipping sauce.

Garlic Aioli For Air Fried Shishito Peppers

The best part of any appetizer is the dipping sauce. I love to serve the blistered shishito peppers with a garlic aioli but feel free to use your favorite dipping sauce.

For Garlic Aioli you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic powder or minced garlic
  • Lemon juice or lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl mix all the ingredients together until combined. You can store any extra in the fridge for later use but I doubt you’ll have any.

garlic aioli for air fried shishito peppers.

How To Store and Reheat

Once cooled, store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

To reheat the peppers, place them in the air fryer and reheat them at 375˚F for a few minutes until warm.

air fryer shishito peppers on a plate.

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Recipe

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

air fryer shishito peppers with garlic aioli.
Blistered Air Fryer Shishito Peppers has a smokey, sweet, mild flavor and so irresistible. With only 3 ingredients, they're super fast and easy to make. Pair them with garlic aioli for a delicious appetizer or snack.
4 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 8 oz shishito peppers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Garlic Aioli

  • cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Air Fryer at 380˚F for 3 minutes.
  • Rinse and dry the peppers if you prefer.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Mix until the peppers are well coated with oil.
  • Place the peppers in the Air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Air fry at 380˚F for 6-8 minutes until they get blistered and charred, shaking the basket halfway through. You might find one or two peppers popping. If that happens, remove the Air fryer basket and give it a good shake.
  • Transfer the air-fried peppers to a plate and serve with garlic aioli.

For the Garlic Aioli

  • In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together until combined.

Notes

  • Once cooled, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • Reheat in the Air fryer at 375˚F for a few minutes until warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 175 kcalTotal Carbs: 4 gProtein: 0.2 gFat: 17 gSaturated Fat: 3 gSodium: 308 mgFiber: 2 gSugar: 2 gVitamin A: 12 IUVitamin C: 7 mgCalcium: 2 mgIron: 0.1 mgNet Carbs: 2 g
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