Padron Peppers – Spanish Tapas Style


padron peppers - trust in kim

When I visited Spain a few years ago, this Padron Pepper dish was my absolute favourite tapas. It’s a simple dish, just quickly fried and topped with salt, but so delicious. Also, there’s a little surprise sometimes, as some are hot and some are not. Most of the peppers are mild tasting, but once in a while you get the surprise of a very hot pepper –  I always hope I’m going to be the lucky one who gets the hot one!

This dish is really simple to prepare, but there is a difficult part, and that is finding Padron peppers in Vancouver. The other day I was out with a friend, and as we parted ways she pulled a bag of Padron peppers out to give to me. I was so excited by this gift, and soon fried them up to enjoy with a friend.

What you need:

  • padron peppers
  • good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • coarse salt or fleur de sel

What you do:

  1. Wash and dry the peppers.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium high heat and pour in a glug of olive oil.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the peppers, allowing them to blister but not blacken, on each side. This should only take a moment or two.
  4. Crack salt over the peppers while they are still in the pan if you are serving them in the frying pan, or place them on a plate before salting.
  5. Enjoy!
eating padron peppers - trust in kim
Here I am, eating a Padron pepper in Spain

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