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Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shishito Peppers (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

I picked up a bag of Shishito peppers from the farmers market this weekend, and couldn’t wait to roast these sweet, mildly hot peppers on the grill in this simple plant-based recipe for Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shishito Peppers. I get so excited when shishitos are in season! These little mini peppers are just the right amount of crunchy, sweet, and mildly hot. They are absolutely wonderful roasted or grilled as an appetizer or side-dish.

Look for them to come available in the summer at your farmers market, CSA, or supermarket, or try growing themselves in your garden, as I did last year. Rich in flavor, shishito peppers are also brimming in vitamin C, as well as plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.

This easy recipe, which calls upon only 5 ingredients (not including pantry staples), can be whipped up in under 15 minutes. Just clean the shishito peppers, place them in a large ziplock bag with lemon juice, EVOO, garlic, smoked paprika, and cilantro, and shake it up—letting the flavors soak into the peppers for a couple of hours before grilling them. I recommend using a grilling basket or grilling platter to grill shishito peppers, since they fall through the cracks so easily. Just grill them until they are nice and brown—about 8 minutes. You can also roast these Lemon Cilantro Shishito Peppers in the oven until they are golden brown.

Shishito peppers at the farmers market

I love to serve this recipe as a starter course for my party or dinner—fresh off the grill—as guests arrive for an outdoor meal on a gorgeous, sunny, summer day. Add a crisp, cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc and you’ll be in heaven.

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Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shishito Peppers (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 pound fresh shishito peppers, whole
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Pinch sea salt (optional)


  1. Place clean, whole shishito peppers in a large Ziploc bag.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and seal the bag.
  3. Shake the bag vigorously to distribute ingredients and refrigerate for a few hours prior to grilling.
  4. Heat grill and place shishito peppers on a grilling basket or grilling platter (the small peppers fall through the grill grates easily).
  5. Grill for about 8 minutes, until browned on surface.


May also roast shishito peppers in a baking sheet on the top shelf of a hot oven (400 F) for about 10-15 minutes, until browned.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

For other grilled, plant-based recipes, check out:

Grilled Spicy Asian Tofu
Grilled Vegetables
Grilled Peaches with Basil

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