Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Emma Star Jensen
Total Time
35 Mins
Makes 20 (serving size: 3 skewers)

The combination of persimmons with Southeast Asian herbs and dunk sauce comes as a surprise in these quick appetizers, and it's totally addictive. You'll need 20 short (3 1/2 in.) bamboo skewers; cut bigger ones if you can't find this size.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, lime juice, chile flakes, and garlic in a small bowl. Add persimmons and let sit 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard marinade.

Step 2

Split onion lengthwise. Cut into 2-in. lengths, then separate layers. For each skewer, spear a basil leaf followed by a persimmon wedge, onion piece, mint leaf, and cilantro leaf.

Step 3

*Find in the Asian-foods aisle.

Step 4

Make ahead: Up to 2 hours, chilled airtight.

Ratings & Reviews

NancyReis's Review

December 14, 2014
Great seasonal, colorful, healthy appetizer. Big hit at a neighborhood holiday wine tasting party.

magnamosa's Review

December 22, 2013
these are really interesting and fun. i used a toothpick to put them together and there was a lively discussion about the ingredients. most folks couldn't figure out that they were persimmons. the basil flavor really dominated even though i only used half a leaf as they were so large. i couldn't pick up the cilantro flavor much so next time i'll put more than 1 leaf on each. really enjoyed this and great for a party.

slowlyroasting's Review

November 24, 2013
Some friends brought these to a wine-tasting party and they were excellent! For something so simple and pretty they pack a burst of flavor. They'd be great in summertime, too.