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Pick a peck of peppers – then make our delicious Pickled Peppers to enjoy all winter long! (Say THAT five times fast!) 🙂

Make these easy, delicious Pickled Peppers with fresh garden peppers - then enjoy all winter long!


When my husband Jack and I first decided to share our Pickled Peppers recipe here on A Family Feast, we wanted to write this entire post as a variation of the Peter Piper Pickled Pepper tongue-twister.  We really tried…but it was too hard! So instead, we’ll get right to our recipe inspiration.

Every year, Jack plants a variety of pepper plants in our backyard garden – and for various reasons – most years we are lucky if we get only one or two plants to grow. But this year – cooler weather conditions made our garden pepper plants very, very happy – and we ended up with a bumper crop of several varieties of bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers and even habanero peppers!

Pickled Peppers - A Family Feast

With all of those gorgeous peppers ready to pick – we decided to make jars of Pickled Peppers that we could enjoy all winter long.

Pickling peppers is so easy to do: Simply slice up your peppers (we wanted thin strips, but you can cut them any size you’d like) and toss together with slices of red onion and garlic. Place the pepper mixture in sterilized mason jars.


recipe for pickled peppers

Then make a brine with white vinegar, cider vinegar, water, sugar, and spices and seasonings such as whole black peppercorn, coriander seeds, star anise, juniper berries, celery seeds, and bay leaves. Bring the brine to a boil – then pour over the peppers in the jars.

Today’s Pickled Peppers recipe can be made with any variety of peppers you like – including hot peppers!  Just be warned: Adding hot peppers to the mix will make ALL of the peppers in the jar hot and spicy once you add the brine, so add them sparingly. (Or jar the hot peppers separately.)

pickled pepper recipe


These Pickled Peppers are a delicious topping for sandwiches, chopped up and added to mayonnaise to make a zesty tartar sauce, added to salads, or simply served alongside meat and fish.

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Pickled Peppers - A Family Feast

Pickled Peppers

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 quarts


This recipe is easily adaptable if you have a lesser amount of peppers to pickle. Our recipe below used 12 cups of sliced peppers and a corresponding amount of brine to yield 4 quarts of pickled peppers.  Just cut back on the brine ingredients if you are processing fewer peppers.


12 cups fresh garden peppers, cored, seeded and cut into strips or slices

1 large red onion, cut into half-moon thin slices

8 large garlic cloves slightly smashed but left whole


2 ½ cups white vinegar

2 cups cider vinegar

4 cups water

½ cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons kosher salt

4 tablespoons whole black peppercorns

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 teaspoon star anise seeds or one whole star anise pod

2 teaspoons juniper berries

1 teaspoon celery seeds

3 bay leaves


Slice all of the peppers and onions and mix together with the garlic in a large bowl. Press into four sterilized quart-sized mason jars.

Heat all of the brine ingredients in a large sauce pan and boil for five minutes.

Pour the liquid into each jar, filling to within ½ inch from the top.

Cover each tightly, and boil jars for ten minutes in a hot water bath to seal, or refrigerate and eat within one month.

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Make these easy, delicious Pickled Peppers with fresh garden peppers - then enjoy all winter long!

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  • Andrea Hubin wrote:

    If I do not have whole seasonings, may I use ground seasonings? Would it still work if I left out star anise and juniper berry?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Andrea – Using ground seasonings really isn’t ideal…the whole seasonings will give the pickling liquid flavor without clouding up the liquid. (If you use ground, the liquid will be clouding and the seasonings will also leave a residue on the peppers. You can leave out the star anise and juniper berry – but the star anise especially gives these peppers a delicious flavor.

  • Ambee Labbe wrote:

    Does adding sugar to the recipe make the hot peppers sweeet?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Ambee – It adds a touch of sweetness but I wouldn’t describe these as super sweet pickled peppers.

  • The Chili Life wrote:


    I can image that it was hard writing a post based on a tongue twister! Anyway, than you for a easy to follow recipe for pickled peppers. I have, much like you guys, been very successful growing pepper this year and needed different ways to store all the beautiful fruits. Today, I will pickle some yellow peppers of unknown variety. Thanks for the recipe.


    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Eric! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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