Spanish tapas-style green pepper

When I stayed in Spain, one of the MUST-HAVE tapas I ordered from time-to-time was pimientos de padrón.

The recipe is super simple. It’s so simple, in fact, that I am a bit embarrassed to publish it. It’s almost like a joke! However, not everyone is familiar with Spanish tapas so I think it would be good to share really simple, fuss-free recipes like these to everyone around the world.

There are so many ways to make a home-cooked pimientos de padrón – you can grill, pan fry, oven bake or deep fry. For an authentic dish like you would get in Spanish tapas restaurants, deep-fried is the only way! I also think that if I were to ask King to make me a pimientos de padrón, this would be how he would make it. Since summer is coming, I’m doing a bit of weight-watching so my version today is going to be pan-fried.

Vegan-friendly Spanish tapas style green pepper (pimientos de padrón)

Okay, let’s start!!!!! Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, throw in all the peppers and fry for 4-5 minutes until their skins start to blister and turn brown. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

Recipe end… ???

Spanish tapas style green pepper (pimientos de padrón)

Honestly, sometimes you don’t need a complicated recipe to enjoy good food. These simple, yet fantastic green peppers have become a nationwide dish on every single tapas bar’s menu in Spain for good reason. The pepper alone is sweet and full of flavour already, with just a little sea salt, it truly enhances the taste.

Another fun part of eating these peppers is that, although they are not usually very spicy at all, once in a while you may bite into a black sheep that is surprisingly hot! As I’m a fired-up eater, it doesn’t bother me too much but King is very sensitive to spiciness and can’t eat spicy food at all. Munching on these green peppers is like playing an exciting Spanish tapas roulette game between King and myself (mean girlfriend likes to see her boyfriend suffer a little)???

If you love Spanish food, you might be interested in checking out my other Spanish cuisine recipes.

Spanish tapas style green pepper (pimientos de padrón)

This vegan-friendly recipe was created for Veahero, a cool new (free!) meal planning platform for vegans and vegetarians.

If you’ve followed and made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and take a picture, tagging it with #k33_kitchen and share it on Instagram! I’d be very excited to see what you come up with. Cheers, hope you enjoy my recipes!

Vegan-friendly Spanish tapas style green pepper

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Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 2

Prep.: 5 mins | Cook: 5 mins

  • 250g green padrón peppers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt flakes
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  1. Wash the peppers in cold water and dry them.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Add the peppers and fry for 4-5 minutes until their skins start to blister and turn brown.
  3. Transfer them onto some kitchen paper to drain.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve immediately.
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