I was wandering around the produce section of our local grocery store when I came across the Brussels sprouts. There they sat, on sale, beckoning me. Normally I’d roast them or sous vide them or grill them, but this time I decided to try something new: pickling. It took no time at all to make a few jars of the sprouts. Unfortunately, because I have no patience, they then have to sit in the fridge for four or so days to get ‘happy;.
Pickled Brussels sprouts are delicious. They remind me a bit of cucumber pickles but with a much different texture. The insides are like tender cabbage. I find it hard to stop eating them. They’re great as a side snack or even chopped onto a pulled pork sandwich.
I like a little kick to my pickled vegetables, so I did add a bit more red pepper flake than the recipe calls for. If you prefer yours even hotter, I recommend the four pepper blend from the Flatiron Pepper Company.
You can use this recipe for pickled Brussels sprouts for other vegetables, too.
My deep fried Brussels sprouts are crazy good too. Who said they can’t be fun and delicious?
Pickled Brussels Sprouts
- 10 Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 10 peppercorns
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seed
- 1 clove clove sliced
- Pinch dried red pepper flake
- 1 bay leaf
- Cook 10 trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts in a large stockpot of boiling water until bright green, about 5 minutes.
- Drain and rinse under cold running water.
- Bring 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt to a simmer in stockpot over medium; simmer until salt dissolves.
- Combine 10 black peppercorns, 1/4 tsp. yellow mustard seeds, 1 sliced garlic clove, a pinch of crushed red pepper, and 1 fresh bay leaf in a sterilized pint jar.
- Place Brussels sprouts in jar; add hot vinegar mixture. (You may have some leftover liquid.)
- Cool to room temperature. Cover with lid, and chill 4 days or up to 2 weeks before serving.
- Store covered in refrigerator up to 1 month.
Nutritional values are approximate.