I ended up with a huge box of habaneros from my burrito shop that we didn’t need, so I decided to make pickled habaneros!! Well, first I took them home and made several recipes with them, like this habanero basil mac and cheese! But I still had so many left! We can pickle that!
These are “quick pickled” habaneros. I made the recipe for one 16oz jar, but tried to write it so it’s scalable and you can do as many jars as you need! It is very forgiving, so don’t worry about getting things exact, and feel free to add other herbs or spices if you want- I even added some suggestions later in this article. Just don’t skimp on the salt! If you are looking for true canned or fermented pickled habaneros, try this guide!
I was hoping that these would taste like banana peppers but just a little spicier, and they do! This was a great way for me to use up a bunch of the habaneros I got. I can’t wait to eat these on sandwiches and salads for the next month or so.
Slicing and seeding
They way you slice them is important to the final outcome. I like these little rings because they are perfect for sandwiches.
Make sure to take out all the seeds too! The seeds are where about 50% of the heat lives. I love heat -obviously otherwise I wouldnt be able to eat pickled habaneros- but I also love FLAVOR. The flavor of habaneros is SO GOOD! If you keep all the seed in, in my opinion, you wont be able to taste the fruity delicious habanero flavor.
I was only going to do one jar, but my roommate Fiona wanted more so I had her do the rest of the chopping.
Look how colorful!
Can you do this recipe with other peppers?
YES! I have done this with sweet peppers, jalapenos, thai chilis, and serrano peppers. This same ratio will work quick-pickling almost anything!
Adding other flavors to pickled habaneros
I like to keep these simple with a little garlic and mustard seed. If you want to add more flavor, there are lots of ways to do it!
Dill is the most obvious, but basil, parsley, chives, or tarragon would be awesome too.
I just used some mustard seed but coriander is great, as well as allspice, cloves, juniper, and cumin. I suggest making one jar plain, and then adding your favorite spices to the other to see how you like it!
What can you make with pickled habaneros?
These are my favorite jars to use for this recipe.
Quick Pickled Habaneros
- 15 habaneros seeds removed, sliced thin
- 1.5 cups distilled vinegar
- 0.5 cups water
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon mustard seed
- The ingredients above at approxamate and for a 16 oz jar. The more you make these, the more you will want to adjust it to your personal tastes.
- Find the jar (or jars) you will be using to hold the habaneros, and fill it with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water. Pour the liquid from the jar into a pan and bring it to a simmer. Stir in about a tablespoon of sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of salt for every 16 oz jar
- Put the habaneros into the jar (or jars) and add in 2 cloves of garlic, sliced in half, and about a tablespoon of mustard seed to each jar. Pour the hot liquid over the peppers.
- Cover and allow to sit in the fridge for at least a few hours before serving. They are best on the 3rd day but will last for about a month. They probably would last longer but for me, I don't keep anything longer than a month if it isnt preserved the traditional way.