Head of a Lion

If you know and like Spanish Padrón peppers, adding Japanese Shishito to your menu is easy. They are twin brothers. Both are small, thin-walled, harvested while green, about one out of ten is hot when others are mild. Shishito and Padron peppers are also similarly cooked — grilled, charred, and stir-fried in oil. Shishito are also stewed or braised in say sauce-, or dashi-, or miso-based liquid.

Wiki states “the name refers to the tip of the chili pepper looks like the head of a lion (獅子 shishi?), and in Japanese it is often abbreviated as shishitō.”

Asahi Imports

There is no Japanese cooking class I teach or tasting event I host without mentioning Asahi Imports store. Besides having the best selection of sake and Japanese beer in Austin, they now make really good fresh snacks in store. Every time I shop there, I treat myself with their onigiri, and they are always amazing. Last time I’ve got onigiri with miso-braised shishito — to die for! Today I’ve made my own at home using the recipe below.

Address: 6105 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Phone:(512) 453-1850

Miso-Braised Shishito Peppers

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: chili pepper, condiment, Japanese, lycooking, lyukum cooking lab, miso, recipe, sauce, vegetables
Servings: 4 portions


for stir fry

  • 300 g Shishito pepper
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds or your favorite furikake

for sauce

  • 2 tbsp miso Awase, white and red; adjust amount to your taste if using any other type of miso
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup or brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 4 tbsp water 1/4 cup (60ml)


  • Wash shishito peppers.
    Shishito Peppers
  • The most efficient way to prep peppers is by doing the same operation for all them. First, cut off all the stems, them slice each pepper in half, then remove all the seeds.
    Shishito Peppers
  • Mix all ingredients for the sauce.
  • Heat avocado and sesame oils on high heat and stir fry peppers for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt. Add the sauce.
    Miso-Braise Shishito Peppers
  • Let it start bubbling, reduce the heat to the lowest, cover with lid, and let cook for another 5 minutes.
    Miso-Braise Shishito Peppers
  • Turn off heat, and keep covered for another 2-3 minutes. Serve hot or warm.
    Miso-Braise Shishito Peppers
Miso-Braise Shishito Peppers