Pan-roasted Serrano Peppers with Creamy Fire-Hydrant Sauce

Serves 2-4


Pan-roasted Serrano Peppers with Creamy Fire-Hydrant Sauce


For 1 Batch(es)

For the sauce

  • 3/4 cup(s) plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup(s) mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon(s) grated white onion
  • Hefty squeeze of lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish

For the peppers

  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 12 serrano peppers
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Pan-roasted Serrano Peppers with Creamy Fire-Hydrant Sauce Directions

  1. For the sauce:
  2. In a bowl, mix together the first five ingredients.
  3. Taste the mixture, then add lemon juice, salt and pepper, to your liking. Cover and place the bowl in the refrigerator.
  4. This is best made ahead of time so it can chill for a day or so while the flavors meld. Add the chopped cilantro before serving.
  5. For the peppers:
  6. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan (a cast-iron skillet works great) until very hot but not smoking; water should readily sizzle.
  7. Cut a slit in the tip of each pepper. Add the peppers and cook until blistered and at least as black as they are green, carefully turning with tongs to darken all sides—about 10 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle with salt and squeeze lightly with lemon juice. Serve with the chilled sauce. 

Recipe notes

Serrano peppers can be substituted with shishito or padrón peppers.

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