Shishito Pepper Ice Cream

This cool, creamy, homemade ice cream laced with a bit of heat from skillet-blistered shishito peppers is a great dessert to make for spice enthusiasts.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
12 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 2 ounces shishito peppers

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 pinch flaky sea salt

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • ½ cup dry milk powder

  • 4 large egg yolks


  1. Set a cast iron skillet over high heat.

  2. Dip peppers in oil to coat, then set in the hot skillet to blister, 30 seconds per side.

  3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with salt. Remove and discard stems. Blend peppers and sugar in a food processor until thoroughly combined.

  4. Combine pepper-sugar mixture, cream, milk, and milk powder in a saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until sugar and milk powder have dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl. Add to the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally until mixture reaches a temperature of 175 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 10 minutes.

  6. Pour ice cream base into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  7. Remove ice cream base from the refrigerator and strain out pepper fragments with a mesh sieve.

  8. Pour base into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, about 20 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

402 Calories
30g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 402
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 281mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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