Meaning of shishito in English:


Pronunciation /ʃɪˈʃiːtəʊ/

nounplural noun shishitos

(also shishito pepper)
  • A small, typically mild variety of chilli pepper, harvested while green, and used especially in East Asian cooking.

    ‘the menu now features small plates like shishito peppers and citrus-cured salmon’
    • ‘I found the shishito (mini Japanese sweet peppers) wonderful, and my dining companions couldn't eat enough of the bacon-wrapped scallops and asparagus.’
    • ‘Slender shishito peppers can be found locally in Asian markets year-round.’
    • ‘When the oil is hot, add the shishito peppers and fry until softened and browned, turning often.’
    • ‘This time we shared the edamame, shishito and green bean tempura.’
    • ‘Although everything on the menu is solid, prepare to weep over the deliciousness of the crispy curried cauliflower appetizer, served with shishito peppers, sultana and pine nuts in a sweet and sour reduction.’


1970s from Japanese shishi ‘lion’ + tōgarashi, ‘chilli pepper’, referring to the supposed resemblance of the tip of the pepper to the head of a lion.