Sunday, July 17, 2011

Padron peppers - recipe

I first had Padron peppers in Portugal, which is slightly strange as they're actually Spanish - unique to the Padron region in North West Spain.  These are the Russian roulette of tapas - most of the peppers are very mild but around one in 20 is super hot.

Most tapas restaurants have these on the menu but if you fancy making them at home, Waitrose** at least definitely stocks them.

**And Lidl and M&S too apparently!

Ingredients (makes enough for a tapas style dish, or starter for two):
1 bag Padron peppers (150g)
Olive oil
Sea salt

Heat a good glug of olive oil in a frying pan.

Cook the peppers over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until the skin starts to blister.

Put the peppers into a serving bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.

Watch out for the hot ones!

Padron peppers


  1. Yummy. We have a similar recipe with green chillies eaten at breakfast with chappattis. Urvashi@TheBotanicalBaker

  2. Ooh that sounds really good. I'll have to check it out. c

  3. I love these! It's like playing an edible version of Russian Roulette . . . although I can say that I have never ever (touch wood) had a really hot one yet . . . yikes!

  4. He he - definitely adds an element of excitement to your tapas. I always feel a bit disappointed if I don't get a hot one though!

  5. Where can i buy Padron Peppers from in London???

  6. Waitrose definitely sells them. Bigger M&S Simply Food stores have apparently started stocking them and Lidl stocks them sporadically. Let me know if you find them anywhere else. C


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