Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives

Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives
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Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives

Shishito peppers are small Japanese sweet peppers; they're skinny and slightly twisted. They're picked young, while still green and only about three inches long. When growing my own I've never had a spicy one in the bunch, but when I've purchased them, about one in 10 peppers turns out to be hot. Also, I find that the smaller the peppers are, the less of a chance they'll be spicy. Of course, the most wonderful thing about these little peppers is their flavor — slightly smoky and sweet with a hint of bitterness.

They are delightful simply pan-sautéed with a little olive oil, served as a nibble or a side vegetable. But here, I serve them with feta, olives, and fresh thyme for a delectable hors d'oeuvre.

If you can't find shishito peppers at your farmers' market, look for them in Asian specialty stores — especially Korean markets, where you'll find them labeled as "twist peppers."


Make a small slit in each pepper with a paring knife. (This will prevent them from bursting when they cook.) Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat and line a tray with paper towels. When the pan is hot, add the oil and peppers and toss well. Sauté until golden brown and blistered, tossing only occasionally, for 4-5 minutes. Transfer to the paper towels and season with salt, to taste. Set aside.

Place the feta, olives, and roasted peppers in a wide bowl. Sprinkle with the thyme. Drizzle with the olive oil and gently turn the ingredients over with a spatula, being careful not to break the feta cubes. Let marinate at room temperature, for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour before serving.


Calories per serving:

410 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 40g 62%
  • Carbs 6g 2%
  • Saturated 12g 62%
  • Fiber 2g 6%
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 23g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 9g 17%
  • Cholesterol 50mg 17%
  • Sodium 742mg 31%
  • Calcium 314mg 31%
  • Magnesium 17mg 4%
  • Potassium 95mg 3%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 2mg 12%
  • Phosphorus 199mg 28%
  • Vitamin A 85µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 25mg 42%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 7%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 29%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 16%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 22µg 5%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 16%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin K 18µg 23%
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