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Padron and Shishito Peppers

What is the difference between these 2 peppers? Are they similar in the level of heat and taste? Are they interchangable in recipes?

asked by nasilemak about 4 years ago
8 answers 15426 views
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added about 4 years ago

That's a tricky one. Both varieties vary in heat level, particularly padron (which is just a geographic designation). Generally, shishitos are mild, but every now and then, you'll get a hot one. Padrons are generally spicier, but can be mild. If you are looking for consistent heat, I'd look elsewhere entirely. Otherwise, tho, they can be treated similarly in cooking.

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HalfPint

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added about 4 years ago

This link has a description of the differences and pictures, http://www.happyboyfarms...

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QueenSashy

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added about 4 years ago

Padrons are rounder, shishitos are kind of longer. Both are equally mild, and usually one in ten peppers will be hot. HalfPint, I was very intrigued by the article. This whole summer we have been experimenting with pan fried padrons and shishitos, and I thought the opposite -- padrons were sweeter and I consistenly liked them better than shishitos. But the differences are minor, both are supremely delicious pan fried and sprinkled with coarse salt, and we just could not get enough.

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Maedl

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added about 4 years ago

Try slitting the padrons open, inserting a piece of goat cheese or feta, dousing with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasting until the peppers begin to brown. They are addictive!

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QueenSashy

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added about 4 years ago

Maedl, this does sound addictive. I am on my way to the market, because I need to make it right now!

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Maedl

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added about 4 years ago

The original recipe is from Jose Andres and I've loved it since the first time I made it. There's a bit of Russian roulette to it because you never know when one of those peppers will be hot!

Let me know how you like it!

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added over 2 years ago

Both peppers are mild but best served roasted, with salt olive oil, serrano ham and a favorite dipping sauce. Coqueta in San Francisco serves up Padron's and Blue Line Pizza on the Peninsula serves up Shishito with a cheese dipping sauce...both epic appetizers

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added over 2 years ago

I must be one of the few people who don't care for the newly chic (in Boston)shishito peppers, which i have only been served as a snack or garnish, sauteed and salted. But with those cheese ideas- i bet even I would like them. However, i still bet i'd choose a poblano any day over a shishito..... Still, thx for the inspiration!