Padron Peppers

Padron peppers are small green peppers that are pan-fried and served as a snack or canapé. They also make a good accompaniment to a grill, roast meats or eggs.

Most padron peppers have a subtle flavour; but occasionally you get the jackpot, a blast of heat. This surprise of the hot pepper is often referred to as ‘Spanish Roulette’.

Thought to have originated in South America, they are now a regular feature of any Spanish Tapas menu, where they are known as Pimento de Padrón. They are very quick to cook and require no preparation, making them ideal for any party.

Diets for which Padron Peppers are suitable:

Diabetic, Diary Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 2 mins | Cooking: 5 mins | Serves: 2-4

130 gm (4.5 oz) padron peppers*
1 tbsp olive oil
salt, coarsely ground


HEAT oil to a medium heat in a frying pan.
ADD the peppers.
COOK until they are ‘blistered’ on one side (a dark brown colour), about 2 minutes.
TURN and cook on the other side, another 2 minutes.
REMOVE from the heat, plate and sprinkle with salt.


– Immediately


* Select any weight, 130 gm is the size of the small packets sold in the UK.

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