Pickled Asparagus


These pickled asparagus spears make great appetizers or garnishes. They look so pretty! Use the freshest asparagus for the best color.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
2 pints


  • 30 asparagus spears

  • cup coarse salt

  • 2 quarts cold water

  • 1 ⅔ cups distilled white vinegar

  • cup sugar

  • 1 white onion, sliced into rings

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dill seed

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed

  • 2 sprigs fresh dill

  • ½ teaspoon chili pepper flakes


  1. Trim the cut end of asparagus spears; slice them into 3-inch lengths. Place in a large bowl with 1/3 cup salt. Pour in water to cover asparagus; let stand for 2 hours. Drain and rinse under cool water, and pat dry.

  2. Sterilize two pint-sized wide mouth jars in simmering water for 5 minutes.

  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine vinegar, sugar, onion, dill seed, 1 teaspoon salt, and mustard seed. Bring to a boil and simmer for one minute.

  4. Pack asparagus spears, tips up, in the hot jars leaving 1/2 inch of space from the rim. Tuck one dill sprig into each jar; sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Pour hot pickling liquid into the jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the rim. Wipe rims with a clean damp cloth and seal with lids.

  5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes.

  6. Cool jars to room temperature. Check seals when cool by pressing the center of the lid. It should not move. Label and date; store in a cool dark place. If any jars have not sealed properly, refrigerate and eat within two weeks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

41 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 2157mg 94%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 33mg 1%

* 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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