Originating in Japan, the Shishito pepper derives its unique name from the Japanese word Shishi meaning “lion’s head”. This was due to the popular notion that the tip of the pepper resembled that of the open-mouthed lion head statues prominent throughout Chinese culture.
If left to fully ripen, the Shishito pepper would turn to a bright red color. Yet this pepper varietal is most widely harvested at its more immature age with its vibrant glossy green skin, less dense then at its fully ripened state. The Shishito pepper in general has a mild spiciness and unique flavor overall; however, it also carries the alluring character that roughly 1 out of 10 will possess a surprisingly hot and spicy kick at random. Throw in the anti-inflammatory properties and you have a fantastic side dish to accompany any summertime cooking.
This recipe comprises a handful of grilled Shishito peppers with feta cheese crumbles, sea salt, and togarashi spice blend. It takes no time to knock this dish out start to finish, and the result is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Enjoy!