on the menu: padron peppers

This past weekend, while shopping at the Fort Mason farmers market, I came across Pardon peppers – one of my favorite treats to make as an appetizer for dinner parties. They literally melt in your mouth and leave a lingering flavor that makes you want to grab another. Last night I made a batch for Eric and I to munch on while watching the Olympics and before I knew it the bowl was gone. He had polished off the entire bowl –  they are that delicious. Plus, they only take about five minutes to make, which is a huge bonus!
Bon appetit friends!
Pardon Peppers with Sea Salt
2 to 3 generous cups of Padron peppers
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt to taste
1. Add olive oil to a hot frying pan, when the oil is hot  add the Padron peppers.
2. Cook and stir the peppers until the skin is blisters.
3. Remove the peppers from the pan and place on a plate or bowl.
4. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
Recipe and photo by Caitlin Flemming


  1. Julie

    Looks yummy!

  2. ana

    i am from coruña, near padron, in galicia, spain, and its great for me to read about this, i plant these peppers since i was a chlid, i love them. xxxxx

  3. Mia (Savor Everyday)

    I LOVE padron peppers! One of our local restaurants serves this tapas-style. It’s one of my favorites. Never tried making them at home though. Yum!

  4. Priscilla Joy

    Oh I love these.
    I think it was my favourite food while living in Spain.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Caroline

    When I was a poor student in Spain my flatmates and I used to make these all the time… But in the oven. Sprinkle some olive oil and sea salt on the peppers and pop in the oven! I can’t remember how long it took, it must have been 20 minutes. Cheap and tasty!

  6. Helena - A Diary of

    Yum, I love them, especially when you find the odd hot one!

  7. Heidi

    Love love love padrons this time of year! One of our favorite pre dinner snacks at home.

  8. Jacqualine Marie

    What wonderful memories I have of these. They are, however, impossible to find. I suppose I’ll have to find seeds instead and grow my own. They are truly devine….

  9. Jadie Huegel

    I was so excited when you posted this. I’d never heard of padron peppers and they looked amazing. Funny story: The week after you posted this, I went on vacation .. We were having dinner in Jackson Hole and these were on the menu, prepared the same way. They were amazing! And I finally found some in town (Sacramento) … Can’t wait to make them tomorrow night. Thanks for introducing me to a new, amazing vegetable.

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