Learn how to make a Pickled Peppers recipe with this simple sweet and sour brine. If you like it hot, use jalapenos or banana peppers and enjoy this side dish as a salad or burger topping!

pickled peppers recipe

 

Pickled Peppers aren’t the only way to enjoy them. Try our favorite Stuffed Peppers or Peppers and Eggs for a heartier meal!

Pickled Bell Peppers

It doesn’t get much easier than this! With no slicing or seeding involved, a few minutes of time and a few common ingredients will give you a delicious make-ahead salad or appetizer that pairs well with many main dishes. The flavors of the brine meld together so well to create a pleasing combination of sweet and tart!

how to pickle peppers

Pickled Bell Peppers are a great addition to meals featuring beef, chicken, salmon, or potato entrees. Change things up by slicing and serving Pickled Peppers as a topping on burgers or subs, or tossed on nachos.

Chop a few Pickled Bell Peppers and add to your favorite homemade or store-bought pimento cheese spread. The possibilities are endless and delicious!

As an added bonus, these pickled peppers can be made well ahead of serving time, and stored in glass canning jars in the fridge! Since the brine is poured hot over the jarred peppers, the lids will seal on their own without the additional cooking time and can be stored for weeks. Because the jars have not been cooked in a water bath canner, I recommend storing the peppers in the fridge to be sure they are preserved properly.

pickled peppers in a vinegar brine

Pickled Peppers Recipe:

This pickled peppers recipe was shared by my mother-in-law. They were originally named marinated mini bell peppers on my blog years ago.

My mother-in-law usually serves them with a hearty dish of potatoes or perhaps even a meat dish like BBQ ribs. I really like how mild they are. It’s best served chilled, kind of like refrigerated pickles. Very handy to grab and serve for a quick side to lunch or dinner.

pickled peppers

Q&A

What Are Pickled Peppers?

You might be wondering how do pickled peppers taste like? Pickled peppers are basically any peppers from the capsicum family that gets brined in a vinegar-water solution. Hot peppers like jalapenos or banana peppers can be used but you may want to adjust the flavorings for a more sweet or sour pickled pepper.

If you’re wondering how to pickle banana peppers or pepperoncini peppers you may want to double the vinegar and sugar amounts and season with additional spices like mustard seeds or celery seeds.

These homestyle pickled peppers are mild and slightly sweet and tart.

Ingredients for Pickled Peppers:

  • Sweet Mini Bell Peppers- use 1 lb of mini peppers
  • Brine- is a water solution with vinegar, sugar, and salt. Add additional flavorings like spices to taste.
  • Oil- is partially for roasting the peppers quickly and then using the remainder in the brine.

pickled peppers recipe

How to Pickle Peppers Step-by-Step:

The process to achieve these Pickled Bell Peppers is simple. To start you will want some glass jars to pickle the peppers. You can easily double the recipe to can the pickled peppers in a water bath and use them throughout the winter for refreshing salads.

  1. Wash 2 mason jars with lids (one quart-sized and one pint.) Set aside.
  2. Wash the mini bell peppers and pat dry.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot; heat the oil over high heat. Add the peppers to the
    hot oil (whole with stems) and quickly toss to coat for about a minute; remove and pack into jars.
  4. Add the brine (water, sugar, vinegar, and salt) to the oil in the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Pour the hot brine over the peppers, and cover with lids. Allow pickled peppers to cool at room temperature.
  6. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 month.

What Peppers Can I Use?

I don’t have mini bell peppers. Can I use regular-sized peppers? Yes, you can use regular-sized peppers. Slice them in strips, or as desired, and proceed with the recipe as directed.

Can I Use Honey Or A Sugar Substitute In This Recipe?

I have never tried it, but I don’t recommend it. Honey will change the flavor of the brine
and sugar substitutes may leave an “off” after-taste. However, if you do decide to try it, leave a
comment to tell me how your Pickled Peppers turned out!

I Hate To Throw Away The Leftover Brine. What Can I Use Leftovers For?

This brine would work well for refrigerator pickles! Slice raw cucumbers as desired and
submerge them in the leftover brine. Let them sit in the refrigerator for a few days to absorb
the flavors and enjoy!

I have also heard of people using the leftover brine for pickled eggs. Hardboil and cool the desired number of eggs. Remove the eggshell and rinse, then submerge in the brine for a few days before eating. I do not recommend re-using the brine more than once; the tartness of the vinegar will diminish with time, leaving a flat-tasting end result.

Are Pickled Peppers Healthy?

Yes! In addition to the health benefits naturally found in bell peppers, pickled foods have health benefits as well.

How Can I Use Pickled Bell Peppers?

There are many options! Pickled peppers can be served as a side with beef, chicken, salmon, or potato main dishes. To change it up, slice and eat them as a topping in burgers or subs! Add to nachos or as an ingredient in your favorite pimento cheese spread. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination!

How To Store Pickled Peppers?

How long Will Pickled Peppers Keep? Once the pickles are submerged in the brine they can keep for 1-2 months. As long as they are continuously submerged in the brine and have a good flavor and are not mushy, they are safe to eat.

Can you Freeze Pickled Peppers?

I do not recommend freezing peppers that have been roasted whole or soaked in brine. That can likely change the texture of the bell pepper.

What to Serve Pickled Peppers?

Pickled Bell Peppers are a great addition to meals featuring beef, chicken, salmon, or potato entrees. Change things up by slicing and serving Pickled Peppers as a topping on burgers or subs, or tossed on nachos.

Chop a few Pickled Bell Peppers and add to your favorite homemade or store-bought pimento cheese spread. The possibilities are endless and delicious!

 

 

Tools Needed:

 

Tips For Pickled Peppers:

  1. Make the brine in the same pot you roast the peppers!
  2. Frying the peppers first, charrs the skins of the peppers and slightly wilts the outside.
  3. Reuse the brine for refrigerator pickles or boiled eggs!
  4. Run pickled peppers through a short water bath to preserve them throughout the winter months!

 

 

How To Pickle Peppers:

Pickled Peppers Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Learn how to make a Pickled Peppers recipe with this simple sweet and sour brine. If you like it hot, use jalapenos or banana peppers and enjoy this side dish as a salad or burger topping!

Equipment

  • 6-quart pot
  • slotted spoon
  • 2 jars

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb mini bell peppers (whole peppers, washed and patted dry)
  • 1/2 cup oil (any mild oil)

Brine:

  • 1 liter water
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp vinegar

Instructions

  • how to pickle peppers
    In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat until. Add the peppers and toss to coat for about a minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and pack into clean mason jars.
  • Add the water, sugar, salt, and vinegar. Bring to a boil and pour over the peppers.
  • Seal jars with a lid and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1cupCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 2329mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2367IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg

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6 comments

    • Al

    Enjoyed these today for lunch with our family. They make great side to a verity of dishes

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you for the feedback!

    • Natasha

    What are we doing with saved oil?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Natasha, you would add the oil to the syrup (water and vinegar mixture.)

    • Judy

    Hello,
    Should THE Peppers get soft after tossing in the pan.?
    Thank you
    Judy

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi,
      The peppers should not be hard after marinating properly.

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