Tapas Padrón Peppers
Pimientos de Padron

Padrón Peppers

Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Pimientos de Padron
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En español: Pimientos de Padrón

Any decent tapas bar or restaurant will have pimientos de Padrón on the menu. I am a great fan of the tapas-style of eating. I feature a selection of tapas dishes here at Grandads Cookbook.

Pimientos de Padrón are small, bright green peppers that come from Padrón in Galicia. Historically grown there in northwest Spain, since 2009 it is a protected brand.

They’re usually mild in flavour, with low levels of capsaicin. Every once in a while, however, you’ll bite into one that’s surprisingly spicy, making the act of eating them even more exciting.

The heat of chilli peppers is measured on the Scoville scale using SHU units.

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Padron peppers vary between 500-1000SHU. It’s like a culinary form of Russian roulette.

In the last couple of years, Padron peppers have become available to buy here in the UK. They can be found in most of the leading supermarkets.

padron peppers on supermarket shelf

This year I am going to try growing my own peppers from seed in containers. I have ordered my seeds from the South Devon Chilli Farm in Loddiswell, Devon.

padron peppers on plant

I can then make pimientos de Padrón using homegrown produce.

Later in the year, I will update you on my success or failure with the peppers.

Pimientos de Padron

Pimientos de Padrón

Fried Padrón peppers from Galicia
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: 🇪🇸 Spanish
Keyword: peppers, Spanish, tapas
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 22kcal
Author: Richard


  • 500 g Padron peppers
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil


  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Fry the peppers, stirring frequently, for 5 mins until blistered and wilted. The peppers should be soft and slightly charred.
  • Transfer the peppers to a serving plate and season with some sea salt. Serve with dips or as part of a tapas spread.


Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
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