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Sweet and Sour Long Green Chili Peppers, Pan-Fried

Sweet and Sour Long Green Chili Peppers

The interesting part of this simple recipe, as I was told, is that the peppers are dusted with sugar right before serving. Prior to that, just pan-fry the peppers until their skins are blistered and coat them with a sour sauce.

The result is a savory dish resembling a dessert topped with icing sugar.

There is no special ingredients in this recipe – strictly speaking, all we need are some long thin chilies (aside from oil and sauce), according to the lady who sold me these peppers and verbally detailed the recipe.

I added garlic. I done so, probably having been inspired by the popular Chinese Sichuan dish – Peppers with Tiger Skin (虎皮尖椒) which are usually cooked with more oil and spices. Unless you hate garlic, I strongly suggest that you chop up some and let them steep in the sauce before applying to the dish.

Sweet and Sour Long Green Chili Peppers

The chili pepper I used is called 尖椒 here, literally ‘pointed pepper’, which comes with a rather thin, cone-shaped pod. I guess it is in the same family of Anaheim Chili.

When you only want to do a quick meal, this should be hearty enough for a simple side plus a main like this, this and this.

I have to agree, this is an interesting starter too.

  • Ingredients
  • ~150g long green chili peppers 尖椒
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp cooking oil
  • yields 1 serving
  • Sauce
  • 2 tbsp black vinegar or balsamic
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • ~1 tsp icing sugar, I used ground rock sugar

Sweet and Sour Long Green Chili Peppers
Sweet and Sour Long Green Chili Peppers


Mix well all ingredients for sauce, and add in chopped garlic. Steep for no less than 15 minutes. Check taste and set aside.

Rinse chili peppers; pat dry. Trim off stems and cut peppers lengthwise into halves. Remove seeds and veins (they may be hot, so wear gloves as required).

Over medium flame, heat pan with oil, swirling it around to distribute evenly. Place peppers, skin facing down, onto the pan, preferably with least overlapping (so you may need a larger frying pan).

Press peppers with a turner onto the pan to flatten them a bit, frying until their skins are blistered over half their surface and nicely brown, about 3-4 minutes. Lower heat if required.

Flip to the other side (adding some more oil if required), and fry for another minute or two, or until the peppers are cooked through.

Dish up, pour sauce all over the peppers. Serve hot with icing sugar dusted all over their surface.

Sweet and Sour Long Green Chili Peppers


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  1. Monica

    I like the simplicity of this. My mother always makes the kind stuffed with fish paste. This is a nice change.

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love chilli peppers prepared this way too..it’s simple yet so flavoursome and delicious.

  3. tigerfish

    This dish is rather new to me, esp the combination of vinegar into the sauce and how the chili peppers are just simply pan-fried and served with that special sauce.

  4. TasteHongKong

    Stuffed peppers, with fish paste or ground meats, are my favorites too.

  5. kristy

    This is such great idea of making something simple & yet delicious out of the box. Kudos!
    Hope you’re having a great week ahead.

  6. Juliana

    I never had chili peppers made this way…I like the simplicity of this…my mouth is watering by by looking at these chili peppers…yum!
    Thanks for the recipe Maureen…I almost forgot…I was at my mom’s this weekend and she gave me some red onion infused wine, reminded me of your post…and I thought that I would never try it…actually it was not that bad.
    Have a great week my dear 😀

  7. ATasteOfMadness

    I would gobble up anything that is sweet and sour. THis looks SO good!

  8. Christine's Recipes

    It’s an interesting dish. Looks very delicious. My daughter likes anything dusted with icing sugar. This dish is for her.

  9. Mary Moh

    This looks pretty interesting with icing sugar rubbed over it. Reminds me of doughnut….haha. So random huh 😀 It must be very delicious and make a great side dish.