Tempura Shishito Peppers with Korean Mayo

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Lately I’ve been seeing shishito peppers everywhere… On local menus, at the farmers market, in food magazines.

In fact, the last several haute restaurants we’ve dined in, served them as an appetizer.

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These mild smoky asian peppers make a marvelous party snack and are packed with flavor. Roasting them seems to be the most common cooking method, yet I’ve found they are fabulous fried tempura style.

Because the skin and flesh of the shishito peppers are thin, they cook very quickly and retain their bright green color.

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Frying shishito peppers in a thin beer tempura batter, gives them a light crunchy coating and accentuates their natural smoky essence.

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Similar to poblano peppers, shishitos are generally mild and smoky. Yet you will come across a spicy one here and there, so have a tall beverage available when you’re ready to dive in.

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I’ve paired the Tempura Shishito Peppers with Korean Mayo, made with Go Chu Jang sauce. This spicy-sweet mayonnaise adds an additional level and heat, as well as cool contrast to the steamy peppers.

With such vibrant flavor, I could dip and crunch all day long.

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Ready to get started?

To make Tempura Shishito Peppers with Korean Mayo, heat a large pot of fry oil and whisk together a quick tempura batter made with a light crisp beer. Nothing too fancy.

Then hold the shishito peppers by the stem and dunk them in the tempura batter. Slowly lower them into the hot fry oil and fry for 3-5 minutes per batch.

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Once the peppers are golden and crunchy, remove them from the fry oil.

Then whisk together a quick 2-ingredient korean dipping sauce (mayo + Korean go chu jung sauce) and serve.

Fast. Fierce. Ferociously addictive.

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Even if you’re not one to fry your food (like me) these are worth making.

If you can’t find shishito peppers at your grocery store, try your local farmers market… or grow your own.

It’s not too late!

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12 comments on “Tempura Shishito Peppers with Korean Mayo

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted June 3, 2015 at 7:43 am Reply

    I’ve been seeing these peppers poppin’ up EVERYWHERE too lately, and have been meaning to try them. And then you fried them and added mayo which means I KNOW they’re amazing. Pinning!

  2. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted June 3, 2015 at 9:00 am Reply

    I think I need these in my life – they look awesome!!

  3. Mariaposted June 3, 2015 at 9:05 am Reply

    My favorite peppers!

    Rating: 5
  4. Jenny Flakeposted June 3, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply

    Oh my goodness these look amazing!!

  5. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweetposted June 3, 2015 at 11:31 am Reply

    Holy deliciousness… these look incredible, Sommer!

  6. Kellyposted June 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm Reply

    Yowzer!  I think my husband would LOVE these.  They look awesome!

  7. Heather Christoposted June 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm Reply

    whoa! yum!!!

  8. Savita @ ChefDeHomeposted June 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm Reply

    I think, I need to try these! look very delicious!

  9. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted June 4, 2015 at 10:15 am Reply

    What a unique pepper! I’m not a fryer, but these look worth it!

  10. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted June 4, 2015 at 10:46 am Reply

    These little peppers are too delicious to pass up! I need to try them soon. 

  11. irmaposted June 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to make these.

  12. Rickposted September 5, 2015 at 9:34 am Reply

    I am looking for the korean recipee for tempura that were sold from the tempura carts on the streets of Osan Korea. The Odishi’s use to sell bags of fried shrimp, green peppers etcetera off their carts. Can you provide me with the recipee?