Blistered Padron Peppers

Pimientons de Padron (Padron Peppers)

The Spruce / Molly Watson

  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
221 Calories
4g Fat
27g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The ultimate snack and perfect appetizer, according to current opinion, is a batch of quickly sautéed and generously salted padron peppers (known as pimentons de Padron in their native Spain). They are small, grassy, and mainly mild, with every tenth one (or so) packing enough heat to keep you on your toes. Padrons hail from the Galicia region of Spain, where they are on more or less every tapas menu when they're in season.

Try them with a glass of Albariño (a white wine from Spain), but the final beverage selection is, of course, up to you.


  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed, vegetable, canola oil
  • 1/2 pound pimentons de padron (padron peppers)
  • Salt (for sprinkling)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat until it is very hot—a drop of water should bounce and sizzle off its surface immediately upon contact. Add the oil, swirl the pan to coat it with the oil.

  3. Then add the peppers. Ideally, the peppers should fit in a single layer so each pepper is sitting on the hot surface of the pan.

  4. Cook the peppers, undisturbed, until they blister on one side, about 2 minutes. Stir the peppers (or just shake the pan) and cook until peppers are blistered all over and tender to the bite, another minute or so.

  5. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle liberally with salt and serve immediately.

  6. Enjoy!


  • Padron peppers used to be fairly tricky to find in the U.S., but we are seeing them more and more in produce sections instead of just at farmers markets, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • if you have coarse sea salt, fleur de sel, or sel gris this is a great time to use them

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