Sizzling Spanish Padrón Peppers: A Spicy Adventure in Every Bite!

Easy and Authentic Spanish Blistered Padrón Peppers Recipe (Pimientos de Padrón)

Embark on a culinary journey with these blistered Padrón peppers, a tantalizing Spanish tapas that’s ready in just 5 minutes!

Prepare for a thrilling game of pepper roulette! While most Padrón peppers are as mild as a summer breeze, about one in ten packs a fiery punch. This unpredictable heat is what makes this dish an exhilarating experience for your taste buds.

Hailing from the picturesque municipality of Padrón in Galicia, Spain, these little green peppers have become a global sensation. Now cultivated worldwide, including in the US, they retain their distinctive flavor and exciting heat profile no matter where they’re grown.

Our recipe uses a clever cooking technique to preserve the peppers’ delicate flavor. We start with a neutral oil for the perfect sear, then finish with a drizzle of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for that authentic Spanish touch.

Get ready to create one of the most addictive and thrilling appetizers you’ve ever tasted. Pair it with some chilled sherry or Galician cider for the ultimate Spanish experience. Just keep a cool beverage handy – you never know when you might hit the jackpot with a spicy one!

Sizzling Spanish Padrón Peppers


  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil, like canola or grapeseed
  • 12 ounces Padrón peppers
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Heat the neutral oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat until it’s lightly smoking. Add the Padrón peppers in a single layer and let them sizzle untouched for about 30 seconds, allowing them to blister beautifully. Give the skillet a good shake, then continue cooking, turning occasionally, until the peppers are blistered all over and tender-crisp, about 1 1/2 minutes total. Sprinkle generously with sea salt.
  2. Transfer your blistered beauties to a serving plate. Drizzle them lovingly with extra-virgin olive oil and give them another sprinkle of coarse salt for that perfect crunch. Serve immediately and watch them disappear!
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
76 Calories
7g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 42mg 211%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 94mg 2%
*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.

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