Quick Pickled Jalapeños ~ easy recipe!

Quick Pickled Jalapeños ~ your pickles are ready in the time it takes you to slice your peppers, and you're going to want to load up on these, because jalapeños make everything better!

Quick Pickled Jalapeños ~ your pickles are ready in the time it takes you to slice your peppers, and you’re going to want to load up on these, because jalapeños make everything better!

a full jar of sliced pickled jalapeños

Imagine opening your fridge door and seeing a quart of these green gems peering out at you…I adore jalapeños, I try to pick up a few every time I’m at the grocery store just so I can add some zing to whatever I’m cooking. I think they’ve got the perfect gentle kick of heat without being overpowering. So when a neighbor dropped off a whole pound of garden chiles yesterday I couldn’t believe my luck!

Quick Pickled Jalapeños ~ an easy way to add zing to your recipes!

I love this quick pickling ~ quicking! ~ method because it allows you to transform and preserve summer produce of all kinds with minimal processing ~ that means you keep all the crunch and fresh flavor. And even if you don’t think you like jalapeños, try these, you can even add some sugar to the brine to sweeten them up and blunt the heat. My mouth is watering just thinking about piling these on our burgers and brats.

pickled jalapeño peppers on a wooden table

I used a full pound of jalapeños to make this recipe, but remember, you can scale this down easily ~ even if you have just a handful of peppers you can do this, the proportion of water to vinegar is an easy to remember 1 to 1. I used the same principles in my QUICK PICKLED VIDALIA ONIONS.

chopping jalapeño peppers

Slice up the jalapenos and add them to a quart sized jar. (This recipe is for quick picked jalapeño slices, or rings, but you can pickle whole jalapeños if you like, check my notes below.)  I used just shy of a pound to fill my jar.

TIP: Jalapeños vary in their heat level,  and if you’re sensitive it pays to use caution when working with them. I do it bare-handed but you can use gloves if you like. Whatever you do, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you’re done, and then wash them again. The capsicum oils can remain on your hands for hours and cause problems later if you rub your eyes ~  or pick your nose…just sayin’.

ingredients for pickled jalapeño peppers

Spices for a quick pickle

A quick pickling liquid is easy to put together, I use equal parts water and white vinegar. I go a little crazy with my spices: (you can use a couple of tablespoons of pickling spice if you want to simplify)

  • cloves
  • mustard seeds
  • cardamom pods, cracked
  • white peppercorns
  • black peppercorns
  • juniper berries
  • coriander pods

I found some pretty flowering thyme on my walk this morning so I threw that in with the peppers, why not?

Making a jar of small batch pickled jalapeños

Just mix it up and pour it over the peppers, just make sure the peppers are submerged. Then seal and refrigerate. You can eat them right away, or store in the fridge for up to 2 months. I should note that the peppers will quickly turn from bright green to an olive green as they react with the vinegar, so expect that.

I can’t wait ~ we’re having brats for dinner tomorrow!

a jar of pickled jalapeño peppers

Modulate the heat in these quick pickled jalapeños:

  • This is a recipe for pickled jalapeños with no sugar, but you can add some in if you like. The sugar will sweeten the mixture slightly, but more importantly it will cut the heat of the peppers. The more sugar you add, the less heat you’ll get.
  • The seeds contain most of the heat of the peppers, so leave them out for a milder pickle. To do this immerse your jalapeño slices in a big bowl of cold water and skim away the seeds, then drain and bottle.
  • If your mouth is on fire, reach for a glass of milk, beer, or cocktail, not water! The hot capsaicin oils in chiles are soluble in alcohol and full fat dairy, only, water won’t help at all.

TIP:  DO NOT throw away the pickling liquid,  you can use it to pickle more jalapeños!

Some of my favorite recipes are diy condiments ~ if this idea interests you, I recommend my OLD FASHIONED RELISH, or my HOMEMADE KETCHUP. One of my most popular is the amazing 30 SECOND MAYONNAISE. Once you try that you’ll never need to bother with bottled mayo again.

My Weck 1 litre tulip jar is perfect for this recipe ~

3.59 from 31 votes

Quick Pickled Jalapeños

Quick Pickled Jalapeños ~ your pickles are ready in the time it takes you to slice your peppers, and you're going to want to load up on these, because jalapeños make everything better!
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Yield 1 quart
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 pound jalapenos, washed
  • 1 1/4 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups filtered water
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar, optional
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp coriander pods
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 6 green cardamom pods crushed (don't lose the seeds!)


  • Wash and trim the stems from your peppers. Slice them and put them into a clean quart sized jar. I add the seeds, too, but if you like things a little less spicy, you can leave them out.
  • Mix the water, vinegar, sugar (if using) and spices in a bowl or large measuring cup with a spout. If you're using the sugar, be sure to stir until it has completely dissolved. Pour the liquid, and spices, over the peppers. Note: if the liquid doesn't completely cover the peppers, add more vinegar.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate.
  • The peppers will keep up to 2 months.

Cook's notes

  • You can pickle the whole peppers, if you like...but be sure to stab them with the tip of a sharp knife in several places to allow the pickling liquid to penetrate.
  • Simplify the process and use 2 Tbsp pickling spice.
  • Make quick pickled jalapeños and onions by adding some sliced red onion to the jar.
  • Make quick pickled jalapeños and carrots by adding sliced carrots.
  • Use red jalapeños, which are the same pepper, only more ripe.
  • If you want to can these quick pickled peppers, process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.  For a detailed but easy recipe see here.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Don’t forget to pin these Quick Pickled Jalapeños ~


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  • Reply
    Victoria Schwalbe
    August 4, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Wish you lived closer….We pick them by the bucket full.

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      August 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Oh my Victoria yes! That would be great!! Hubby likes Hungarian hot blocks so I have the medium heat and the hot ones so hope to pickle some like this for him! our plants were a bit slow this year but are coming along now so hope to still get a decent crop out of them!!

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      August 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Oh wow, really? In your own garden??

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Do you overnight ship?? 😉

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    August 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Love this recipe but I don’t have any jalapeno’s but have some other hot peppers and I’m assuming I can do the same thing with those as well?? Plus you don’t actually heat the brine for this do you!!?? can this recipe also be used for cucumbers?? I love your blog and get your posts in my email and it always makes me happy to see and read what you are doing!! Thanks so much!! Hugs Linda

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

      I’m sure you can do this with any type of hot pepper, Linda, I’d love to hear about it if you try. And I didn’t heat the brine because I think that keeps the peppers crunchier, and I didn’t see any reason why the heating is necessary. Thanks so much for the supportive words, means so much <3

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        August 4, 2017 at 11:05 am

        Forgot to answer about the cukes, yes, it would work perfectly with them.

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          August 20, 2018 at 8:49 pm

          Learning the way of pickling… And I gave a TON of peppers in my tiny garden. Curious… Could you pickle these peppers with onions as well?

          • Sue
            August 21, 2018 at 6:50 am

            I don’t see why not. I have a mixed pickle recipe coming up this week, I think you can mix and match what you like.

      • Reply
        August 4, 2017 at 11:33 am

        Wow! thanks a million Sue I will let you know if I try this recipe! I have done several quarts of cukes with a recipe I used last year as well. Its a refrigerator recipe and the brine is heated, poured over the cukes (and I add peppers too) and then sealed. You leave them on the counter for 2 days and then put them in the fridge!! They have always come out great but this sounds so much easier and no boiling etc! so I’m game!! The recipe I use also has more water and less vinegar , but uses salt where your recipe has none!! Can’t wait to try this as soon as I get enough peppers I will do it! Thanks so much I love your blog!!! Hugs Linda

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          August 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

          I think there are so many ways to do this, it’s fun to experiment, good luck!

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    August 4, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I absolutely LOVE jalapenos, but I’ve found that over the years they don’t love me as much anymore! Such a shame as I so do love them!

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

      That’s a bummer ~ although I have noticed them getting less intense lately, every once in a while I’ll get a batch that hardly has any heat at all.

      • Reply
        August 4, 2017 at 11:37 am

        The heat depends a lot on weather conditions as well as watering and soil conditions!! I have had some great peppers hot and sweet and then like last year we basically had a drought and very high temps so my peppers were awful and I had a lot of bug problems! This year we started out with no rain in June and 1st week of July so dry for 5 weeks but then they have now caught up and doing much better and getting some nice heat out of my Hungarian Hot Blocks!! hope you get a good crop this year!! I may hit the Amish up for some jalapenos as they grow them as well!! thanks!!

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    August 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I’ve really got to start pickling – I’ve heard so much about how good it is for your gut flora! And Jalapenos seem like the perfect place to start!

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

      You’re so right, I want to learn more about the health benefits of fermenting, too. So much to learn! Thanks for stopping by Tina <3

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    Brian Jones
    August 4, 2017 at 7:31 am

    These sound fantastic, love the addition of juniper in the pickling liquid!

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

      I had a bottle of berries in my spice rack, so I figured, why not!

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    August 4, 2017 at 7:21 am

    These pictures are just gorgeous – one more thing to pin and save for when I move back to a place where I can get jalapenos easily! These would be incredible on nachos, sandwiches, SO many things.

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      August 4, 2017 at 7:24 am

      I hear from a lot of my European friends that jalapeños are nonexistent there, too bad, I wonder if there’s a substitute?

  • Reply
    August 4, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Gorgeous photos! These look like the perfect topping for tacos!

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Sarah ~ I need to make tacos for dinner tonight to use up the last of these 🙂

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 4, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Now this is really easy and fuss free. Love all the spices you put in there, Sue.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 4, 2017 at 4:38 am

    So perfect for so many dishes! I need a big jar of these in my fridge 🙂 Quick pickling is so awesome.

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      August 4, 2017 at 6:50 am

      I’ve been a ‘quickling’ maniac this summer 😉

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 4, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I see nachos, burgers, hot dogs, and salads, all with these beautiful pickled peppers on top! Lucky you to have such a nice neighbor. These peppers look incredibly fresh and crisp, not like the wimpy soft ones in the stores. Great way to preserve! Have a happy weekend 🙂

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      August 4, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Don’t forget scrambled eggs!!

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