Quick Pickled Peppers
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These easy Pickled Peppers are perfect for sandwiches, salads, charcuterie boards, omelets… the list goes on and on! In just a day, you can have jars of deliciously crisp pickles to spice up your meals or share with family and friends.
You don’t have to wait days on end for a jar of crisp, crunchy pickles. With this quick pickled peppers recipe, you can have an abundance of zingy, zesty pickles to give all of your favorite dishes an extra kick.
I’ve developed this pickling brine with a carefully selected spice profile for just the right level of heat. If you use hotter peppers, you’ll get an even hotter brine, so keep that in mind as you select your veggies for pickling.
Note: these are “quick” pickled peppers, meaning that this recipe is not suited for canning and must be kept refrigerated.
I bet you never knew that it could be so easy to make your own pickles at home! Try your hand at these Mexican Carrots, Red Onions, and basic Home Vegetable pickling recipes for even more ways to enjoy your favorite garden veggies.
INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSTITUTIONS
- Assorted Peppers – This is when I use my leftover garden vegetables of the season: banana peppers, jalapeños, pepperoncinis, or whatever else is laying around. It’s great to make a whole variety at once!
- White Vinegar – The preferred pickling vinegar for its neutral, sharp acidity. Rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar are good alternatives, but will have a slightly different flavor.
- Water – We’re not pickling for an overly-long shelf life, so we’ll dilute with a bit of water.
- Salt & Sugar – For flavor, but also for utility. Using kosher salt will keep the veggies crisp as they pickle.
- Garlic Cloves – Smashed, not minced, to help diffuse the spicy, pungent aroma and flavor of the garlic.
- Mustard Seeds – These seeds have a strong scent and even stronger taste when you bite right down on them. Instead, we’ll add them to the pickling brine to give a hint of their spicy, earthy flavor.
- Celery Seeds – In addition to their distinct celery flavor, these seeds are bitter, with a warm and herbal heat.
- Black Peppercorns – We’ll use 10 whole black peppercorns. If that seems a bit specific, that’s because it is! This adds just enough “fruity” spiciness that isn’t too overpowering.
HOW TO MAKE PICKLED PEPPERS
- Stem and Seed the Peppers. Wear gloves before proceeding with the recipe to keep the pepper oils off of your skin, and keep your hands away from your eyes. Remove the stem from each pepper, and the seeds if you wish. Chop the chilis into ¼“ rings and transfer them to your jars.
- Boil the Brine. Add all of the spices and seasonings, water, and vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir regularly. Once the salt and sugar granules have dissolved, remove from heat.
- Pack the Peppers. Slowly and carefully pour the liquid into the jar with the veggies. Pack down them with a spoon, releasing any air pockets that might interfere with the pickling process.
- Seal, Refrigerate, and Serve. Allow them to come to room temperature, seal the jars, and refrigerate for at least 2 days before eating.
How long do refrigerator pickled peppers last?
These quick pickled peppers will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. And because this is a refrigerated pickle, not a recipe for canning, these pickles must remain refrigerated.
What are the best peppers to pickle?
Any pepper will pickle well, so it all comes down to your preferences and what you’ll want to use the slices for. The mild banana pepper and pepperoncini are a couple of very popular choices, but you could use jalapeños or other chilis for extra spiciness.
Pickling is a great way to utilize garden veggies, so I recommend looking into the pepper varieties that grow well in your area and trying your hand at those.
I had an over abundant season of peppers and decided to do a medley for this batch. There’s nothing more satisfying than growing and cooking your own veggies!
How long does the pickling process take?
For a quick refrigerator version, it takes 30 minutes to prepare the vegetables and brining liquid and at least 24 hours for the pickling process. The longer you pickle, the more the vegetables will take on the flavors of the spice blend.
What are the best storage containers for pickled peppers?
Mason jars are a popular, great choice, but any airtight plastic, glass, ceramic, or stone container will do the trick.
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Quick Pickled Peppers
- 1 lb assorted peppers (See Note 1)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 garlic cloves smashed
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp celery seeds
- 10 black peppercorns
- Wearing gloves, carefully stem and seed (optional) the chilies. Slice them into 1/4-inch rounds and pack them into clean and sterilized jars.
- In a small saucepan, add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, garlic, mustard and celery seeds and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from heat and carefully pour the hot brine over the jarred peppers.
- Use the back of a spoon to press the peppers down and release air bubbles.
- Place the lids on the jars and screw on the rings until tight. Let the jars cool to room temperature. Store the pickles in the refrigerator. The pickles will improve with flavor as they age — wait at least 2 days before opening. These will last for 2 months refrigerated (See Note 2).
- These are fantastic to top sandwiches, salads, served with cheese on crackers, in guacamole, on top of chili, in scrambled eggs, etc.
- I use whatever I’ve grown that year: banana, jalapeno, fresno, Pepperoncini, gypsy, etc.
- This is a “refrigerator pickle” recipe. It’s not for canning in a water bath, and hasn’t been tested for canning safety. Follow a recipe written specifically for canning instead if that is what you are looking for.
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Can you use this recipe and waterbath can the peppers?
Andrea, these are “quick” pickled peppers, meaning that this recipe is not suited for canning and must be kept refrigerated. It’s not for canning in a water bath, and hasn’t been tested for canning safety. Follow a recipe written specifically for canning instead if that is what you are looking for. I’m working on several recipes now for future posting.
Just made these and my peppers keep floating above the brine. Is this okay or will they mold?
They should be fine, they don’t last long because you’ll be eating these up. 🙂
How long will they last in the fridge?
These quick pickled peppers will easily last in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
I rarely comment on sites, but these are outstanding! They never last a month in my fridge, either.
So glad to read this Joanie, thanks for following along and for letting me know!
These are my go to for a quick easy snack. A keeper!
I agree Shirley! I have a jar of these and a jar of my Mexican pickled carrots at all times.
Trying to keep the glycemic value low for diabetics. Is the sugar a necessary component?
Yes for the balance of flavor. Feel free to use Swerve Brian!
These peppers look beautiful. I note that you suggest whatever pickles have been grown this past season. Well, if one is not a farmer, or able to grow them, what do you suggest? And how should we prepare them for pickling? When I say this I first thought of those bags of mini multi-colored bell peppers one sees I. just about every produce section these days. I was thinking a bag of those, a few jalapeños and a couple of other varieties that can be picked up singly, from Anaheim to Fresno to Thai. Also, you layered them in the jar. Colors look pretty graduating from one to the other, but then must be eaten in the order layered in the jar. Is there a reason for that? Would mixing them up muddy the flavors too much? I tried. quick picked the other day that was OK. I am going to try your brine and use some sort bought peppers. I guess to prep them, start with organic ones, then cleaning with soda and vinegar, rinse well. I’m off to the store tomorrow. I will get some and try this Thanks.. you are always inspiring.
Feel free to use whatever peppers you would like pickled Judy, but I would be careful with those Thai Birds Eye, those are hot ones! As for the layering, that is for visual effect only. So glad you are following along! 🙂