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    Pickled Cauliflower Recipe

    Published August 10, 2022. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This tasty, pickled cauliflower recipe is not only easy-to-prepare, but it is the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

    pickled cauliflower on a spoon and in a jar

    Pickled cauliflower is simply bite-size pieces of uncooked cauliflower that are covered in a hot vinegar solution, along with other seasonings, to help extend the shelf life and enhance the taste. There are many different ingredients you can add to the brine, depending on your preferred flavor profile. These would be great to use in a homemade giardiniera or even as a garnish for tacos, salad, soups, or sandwiches.

    Ingredients You’ll Need

    • Cauliflower – Any fresh head of cauliflower cut into small bite-size pieces. You’ll only use about a ½ of a head.
    • Water – You will need cold water to help cut down the vinegar flavor.
    • Vinegar – I used white distilled vinegar in my recipe.
    • Salt – I always use sea salt in my recipes, and this is used to help season the carrots and for preservation.
    • Sugar – This will help add flavor as well as preservation.
    • Peppercorns – Some whole peppercorns will add a bunch of spice to the cauliflower.
    • Mustard Seeds – These add awesome flavor and texture to the recipe.
    • Onions – You will only need a few slices of yellow onions of this.
    • Garlic – A few cloves will give a huge flavor boost to the pickled cauliflower.
    • Bell Peppers – I liked to use a few red or yellow bell pepper slices in this.
    ingredients to make pickled cauliflower

    How to Make Pickled Cauliflower

    Place the bite-size pieces of cauliflower filling up a third of the jar along with a few garlic cloves.

    adding cauliflower to a jar

    Add some of the sliced bell peppers and onions, and then add 1/3 more of the cauliflower. Repeat with peppers, onions, and cauliflower until full.

    adding onions and bell peppers to a jar with cauliflower

    Next, make the brine and bring it to a boil over high heat. Ensure the salt and sugar are completely dissolved before removing them from the burner.

    boiling a brine in a pot

    Pour the brine over the cauliflower in the jar, making sure to submerge them.

    pouring a brine over top of a jar of cauliflower

    Cool to room temperature before adding on the seal and lid and placing in the refrigerator.

    screwing on the lid of a jar of pickled cauliflower

    Flavor Variations

    There are many other ingredients you can add to this existing recipe to enhance the flavor, or you can simply create your own brine. Here are some things that would go well in a brine.

    • Cider Vinegar
    • Red Wine Vinegar
    • Ginger
    • Coriander Seeds
    • Cumin Seeds
    • Celery Seeds
    • Jalapeños
    • Red Pepper Flakes
    • Dill
    • Thyme
    • Rosemary

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 1 week ahead of time.

    How to Store: Place the pickled cauliflower sealed in the jar with the lid in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks. These will not freeze.

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    Chef Notes + Tips

    • Use a butter knife to help move the ingredients around once the brine is in the jar and the cauliflower.
    • For best flavor results, wait at least 24 hours before eating the pickled cauliflower. The longer you wait, the more intense in flavor they will get.
    • Make sure your jars are completely clean and sterilized before using them.
    • Depending on the size of your cauliflower, you may need more or less to fill the jars.

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    Pickled Cauliflower Recipe

    This tasty, pickled cauliflower recipe is not only easy-to-prepare, but it is the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
    Servings: 16
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 4 cups or roughly a half head of trimmed fresh cauliflower
    • ¼ cup peeled and thinly sliced yellow onion
    • ¼ cup seeded and thinly sliced red bell pepper
    • 1 ½ cups water
    • 1 ½ cups distilled vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

    Instructions

    • Place the garlic cloves and bite-size pieces of cauliflower filling up a third of the jar.
    • Add some of the sliced bell peppers and onions, and then add a 1/3 more of the cauliflower. Repeat with peppers, onions, and cauliflower until full.
    • Next, add the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, and peppercorns to a large pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Make sure the salt and sugar are completely dissolved before removing it from the burner.
    • Pour the brine over the cauliflower in the jar making sure to submerge them.
    • Cool to room temperature before adding on the seal and lid and placing in the refrigerator. Wait 24 hours before eating them for the best flavor. See notes on shelf life.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 1 week ahead of time.
    How to Store: Place the pickled cauliflower sealed in the jar with the lid in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks. These will not freeze.
    Use a butter knife to help move the ingredients around once the brine is in the jar and the cauliflower.
    For best flavor results, wait at least 24 hours before eating the pickled cauliflower. The longer you wait, the more intense in flavor they will get.
    Make sure your jars are completely clean and sterilized before using them.
    Depending on the size of your cauliflower, you may need more or less to fill the jars.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 14gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 1948mgPotassium: 2085mgFiber: 15gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 1174IUVitamin C: 360mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 3mg
    Course: side dishes
    Cuisine: American