Spicy Pickled Cauliflower


This has a mild pickling brine, but it comes with a little kick of spiciness to keep your taste buds interested. It's quick and easy, crisp, tangy, spicy, and delicious. This should last for about 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
2 days 30 mins
Total Time:
2 days 45 mins
3 pints



  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup seasoned rice vinegar (such as Nakano®)

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Cauliflower Pickle:

  • 1 (2 pound) cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 9 small Thai chile peppers, tops trimmed

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns


  1. Combine water, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and turmeric in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat until sugar and salt have dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Place cauliflower florets in a bowl, toss with kosher salt, and set aside for about 30 minutes.

  3. Rinse cauliflower and evenly distribute cauliflower florets, chile peppers, garlic cloves, and black peppercorns among 3 pint-sized jars, pressing down so it's tightly packed. Pour brine into the jars, covering the cauliflower.

  4. Place the lids on the jars, move them to the refrigerator, and marinate for 2 to 3 days before serving. Flavor will be at its peak in about 1 week.

Cook's Notes:

Allowing the cauliflower to sit with the kosher salt for 30 minutes is an optional step but will draw out excess moisture and allow the cauliflower to better absorb the pickling brine.

You can use whatever size jars you like; I use 3 pint-sized jars. Also, figure a couple garlic cloves per jar. Feel free to make substitutions for the Thai chile peppers but be sure to include enough in each jar to give the cauliflower a little kick.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

47 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1226mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 87mg 433%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 315mg 7%

* 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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