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Padron Peppers - Tapas Recipe

Easy Tapas Recipe

Pimientos de Padr贸n or blistered Padron peppers take just a couple of minutes to cook and are delicious. Simply serve sprinkled with sea salt flakes. 

Along with the salt, I also added a few chilli flakes and a good squeeze of lime juice.

Blistered padron peppers, in a tapas dish.

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*Post updated April 2022* 

I'm pretty sure they're not usually served with chilli flakes and lime, but we're both chilli freaks in this house and they were delicious 馃構

What are Padr贸n Peppers?

Padr贸n peppers are from the municipality of Padr贸n in northwestern Spain, hence its name. Similar to the Shishito pepper which is an East Asian variety. 

Are Padr贸n Peppers Hot?

No, not at all - although with that said, it's said that one in 10 will be a hot one but so far I haven't come across one that was anything to fuss about heat wise (sadly)!

How to Serve Padr贸n Peppers 

Drain from the oil and serve hot with a sprinkling of sea salt. Like Jamie Oliver, I like to use Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

Sometimes Padron peppers are accompanied by hunks of bread, as part of tapas.

Tapas - blistered padron peppers.

How to Cook Padron Peppers 

Customarily in Spain, they are simply fried in olive oil until the skin starts to char and blister and the pepper collapses. You can use a Cooks Blow Torch to finish them off but be sure to remove them from the oil first!!

You can also coat them in olive oil and put them on the BBQ.

First up, the more traditional way is to simply fry in olive oil until the skin blisters and then drain from the oil and sprinkle with sea salt flakes.

Or you can do something a bit different and once cooked, sprinkle with sea salt and then add a pinch of dried chilli flakes and squeeze over lime juice - delicious!

Padron Peppers with lime and chilli

Where to Buy Padron Peppers in the UK

I've seen them in Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Ocado and Marks and Spencer, but you'll also find them in Lidl.

Get the Look!

Pile high into tapas dishes - I quite like the look of these Jamie Oliver Tapas Dishes.

Tapas Recipe - Pimientos de Padr贸n

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Author: Jan Bennett
Padron Peppers - Pimientos de Padr贸n

Padron Peppers - Pimientos de Padr贸n

Quick, easy and delicious. You can simply make any amount you like!
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 3 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • Padron Peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Lime juice
  • Dried chilli flakes


  1. Wash and dry your peppers - if they are wet they will not blister.
  2. Prick each pepper with a sharp knife - this will stop them from exploding when cooking!
  3. Add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a suitable sized heavy-based frying pan.
  4. Heat until it's hot. Add the Padron peppers and fry until the skin blisters and blackens.
  5. Remove the peppers with a slotted spoon and put them into your serving dish.
  6. Sprinkle generously with sea salt flakes and serve immediately.
  7. You can also add a good squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of chilli flakes as I did - delicious!
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