Shishito peppers in the Air Fryer are a real treat.

Just a little oil and salt and they come out tender and crispy with lightly charred blisters.

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Air Fryer Shishito Peppers Ingredients

Roasted shishito peppers are a sweet (and sometimes spicy!) snack, side dish, or a bistro-worthy addition to burgers, paninis, and salads.

Shishito Peppers – Small and green with lightly wrinkled skins, shishitos can be found at most supermarkets in the produce section. Pick whole, unblemished peppers with the ‘cap’ intact. For gardeners, shishito peppers are easy to grow from seeds.

Seasonings – Leftover bacon grease adds a smoky flavor to roasted shishitos. Lighter seasonings like a simple Italian blend will add crispy flavor to the skins, if desired.

Variations – Brush honey butter over shishito peppers before cooking in Step 3. Or toss them in a zesty ginger soy marinade before roasting.

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How to Make Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

  1. Toss peppers with oil and salt.
  2. Cook (per the recipe below) in a single layer until tender crisp.
  3. Serve with lime wedges and a dipping sauce, if desired.

Dipping Sauces for Shishito Peppers

Enjoy roasted shishito peppers with a drizzle of balsamic glaze or dip them into a tangy sour cream dip. Or once they are cooled, dice them up and mix them with cream cheese for a spicy spread to use on burgers, sandwiches, or wraps!

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Storing Shishito Peppers

Keep leftover shishito peppers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Don’t put them in a plastic bag as they will spoil quickly. They can also be chopped into small pieces and frozen in a zippered bag for up to a month.

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Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers in the Air Fryer are an appetizer with a crispy and flavorul kick.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4



  • 1 pound shishito peppers
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • lime wedges for serving


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Toss the peppers with oil and salt.
  • Add to the air fryer basket and cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Serve with lime wedges.


Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days and in the freezer for 1 month. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 0.1mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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