Padron Peppers Recipe – Spanish Pimientos De Padron

This Padron peppers recipe is an easy-to-make classic Spanish tapas recipe with only 3 ingredients. We share two different Padron pepper recipes including a stovetop version and an Air Fryer version.

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What Are Pimientos De Padron – Spanish Blistered Peppers

Also known as Pimiento de Herbón, Pimientos de Padron, literally translates to “peppers from Padron.” Padron is a small town located in the northwestern region of Galicia.

While it might be a small town, the impact of pimientos de Padron on Spanish cuisine is not. They are easily one of the most asked-for tapas dishes in Spain. And for good reason, a pimiento de Padron is delicious. 

The peppers themselves only measure around 2 inches. Occasionally you’ll find a larger pepper, but their sizes make them the perfect tapas or snack.

A mild pepper, it’s not uncommon to find one or two that are spicy. Having enjoyed many plates of pimientos de Padron, it’s always fun to see who ends up biting into the hot one. 

While the peppers are very popular, during our three years living in Spain, we would only find them in big cities like Madrid and Barcelona.

We could rarely find them in Girona where we lived. When we had a craving we made them at home.

Padron Peppers Recipe - Spanish Pimientos De Padron
Padron Peppers Recipe – Spanish Pimientos De Padron

Where To Buy Padron Peppers

If you are not living in Spain, it’s not always easy to buy Padron cooking peppers. I was kind of shocked to find them where we live in Ireland.

You can buy Padron cooking peppers, though, in many US supermarkets in the produce section. They are normally sold in half-pound or pound increments.

For the ingredients below, it really doesn’t matter the proportion of the ingredients the same way it does for other ingredients. A half-pound is about right for two tapas portions.

If you can’t find them in your local supermarket, you can try a Latin market, which might have them even though Latin markets tend to specialize more in Mexican and Central American cuisine rather than Spanish.

Pimiento de Padron

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Ingredients For A Pimientos De Padron Recipe

This recipe for pimientos de Padron only has 3 ingredients. In fact, most Padron recipes should only have 3 ingredients.

  • Fresh Padron peppers, rinsed and dried
  • Olive oil, Spanish olive oil if you have it
  • Salt, preferably a Maldon salt or rock salt
Pimientos del Padron in a cast iron skillet
Making Padron Peppers In A Uno Casa Skillet

How To Make This Padron Peppers Recipe – Stovetop

The more traditional way to make a Pimiento de Padron recipe is on the stovetop in a skillet or frying pan. I like to use a cast iron skillet. 

Place the skillet over high heat to warm and then reduce to medium heat when adding the peppers. You want it hot, but not so hot it burns.

Once the skillet is hot, add the oil. After 2-3 minutes, add the peppers. Use rubber tongs to toss them periodically to allow them to cook, or blister, on both sides. The peppers will pop and sing. Because they are releasing the heat built inside, be careful. Stand back and avoid bending over the pan in case a pepper releases steam.

I used an Uno Casa Cast Iron Skillet to make these peppers. They have a 2 skillet set, which can be used on the stovetop and in the oven. The smaller of the two is the perfect size to make this dish. It heats up nicely and stays hot when cooking the peppers. Using cast iron can help with the blistering process too.

How To Make This Padron Peppers Recipe – Air Fryer

Padron pepper recipe - air fryer

Cooking Padron peppers is a little easier in the air fryer. It might not be as traditional, but it is more hands-off and allows you to prepare other Spanish tapas while the air fryer is running. It’s a pretty healthy air fryer recipe as well.

Preheat the air fryer. While it is preheating, toss the peppers in a bowl and spray them with olive oil spray, or toss them in regular olive oil. When the preheat is done, add the peppers to the basket.

Set the temperature to 330 F or 165C and the time for 8 minutes. Check the status halfway through and shake. You will hear the peppers start to cry a bit, it’s okay. The blistered Padron peppers shouldn’t be blackened. They tend to darken as they cool.

Don’t have an air fryer? Check out our recommendations here.

How to make Padron peppers in an air fryer
Yield: 2 tapas servings

Pimientos De Padron Recipe

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Easy-to-make Pimientos de Padron is a classic Spanish tapas dish with only 3 ingredients. This Padron peppers recipe can be made on the stovetop or in the Air Fryer.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound of Padron peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt


  1. Place a cast-iron skillet or other frying pan over high heat to warm and then reduce to medium heat when adding the peppers.
  2. Once the skillet is hot, add the oil.
  3. After 2-3 minutes, add the peppers.
  4. Use rubber tongs to toss them periodically to allow them to cook, or blister, on both sides.
  5. As the peppers start to blister on both sides remove them to a serving plate or bowl. They do not need to be blackened in the pan, as they will blacken as they cool.
  6. Sprinkle liberally with salt and serve warm.


For Air Fryer Padron Peppers see the notes above.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 295mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

This nutritional data is provided by a third-party source and should not be relied on if you are on a strict diet.

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FAQs – Tips For How To Cook Padron Peppers

How to serve Padron Peppers

FAQs – Spanish Pimientos De Padron

Are Spanish Padron Peppers a tapa?

Yes, Padron peppers are tapas! This is how they are most commonly served in Spain. And, they make the perfect tapa, or small plate portion, because they are not filling. But, because of the saltiness, they pair perfectly with beer, wine, or Spanish cider.

What are Padron peppers?

Padron peppers are medium-sized green peppers, traditionally from Spain. They are used in Spanish cuisine, particularly in tapas recipes. They are easily the most popular Spanish green pepper recipes.

How hot are Padron peppers?

Well, generally, not hot at all. This is one of the things about these peppers. Some Padron peppers are hot. Those are the surprise peppers. For the most, part, though, they are not spicy like jalapeno or habanero peppers.

Are there different Padron peppers recipes?

Well, not really. With only three ingredients, there aren’t a lot of variations. Sure, there are different ways to make Padron peppers. The most traditional is to make it on the stovetop. But there are variations made in an air fryer, baked, or even on the grill. In the end, though, the recipe still comes down to peppers, olive oil, and salt!

What is cook in Spanish?

Cocinera (female) or cocinero(male) is how you say cook in Spanish.

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