Hungarian Pickled Cauliflower


This pickled cauliflower is hot and spicy. Delicious!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
3 1-quart jars


  • 3 1-quart canning jars with lids and rings

  • 4 cups distilled white vinegar

  • 4 cups water

  • ½ cup sea salt

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

  • 3 hot chile peppers, sliced lengthwise

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided

  • 3 teaspoons mustard seed, divided

  • 3 teaspoons whole black peppercorns, divided

  • 3 teaspoons coriander seeds, divided

  • 3 teaspoons dill seeds, divided

  • 3 teaspoons allspice berries, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes, divided

  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.

  2. Combine vinegar, water, and salt in a pot over medium heat; bring to a simmer.

  3. While vinegar mixture is simmering, pack each sterilized jar with 1/3 of the cauliflower, 1 hot pepper, 1/3 of the garlic, 1 teaspoon mustard seed, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon dill seeds, 1 teaspoon allspice berries, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 1 bay leaf.

  4. Pour vinegar mixture into the jars, filling to within 1/2-inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with the lids and screw the rings on tightly.

  5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

  6. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store the jars in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

24 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2366mg 103%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 38mg 188%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 109mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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