This spicy pickled eggs recipe will teach you how to make old fashioned pickled eggs using a quick brine seasoned with jalapeño, garlic and dill. No canning necessary. Makes 18 – 24 eggs.
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Why I love this pickled eggs recipe
Pickled eggs are everywhere around here. They’re on the back counter at local bars, they’re sold in grocery stores. You can’t live in Wisconsin love without noticing these little guys. But, until this week, I had never tried one.
I have no idea why they are a thing here, but after reading a bit about pickled eggs on the internet, it seems they have been a bar staple for quite some time and there are many different variations of pickled eggs to try.
I decided to go with spicy pickled eggs because I thought the peppery kick of jalapeño would add even more flavor to the final product, and I was right. The eggs really absorbed the flavor of the brine and made a really tasty snack.
Plus, thanks to the fresh herbs and jalapeños, these quick pickled eggs a million times more appealing than the giant jars of eggs behind the bar.
Now I can totally see why they would be a tavern favorite. Not unlike salty peanuts or bar pretzels, a pickled egg is the perfect match for a few pints of beer.
If you really want the full Wisconsin experience, these would be great washed down with a brandy old fashioned.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make spicy pickled eggs
- Measuring spoons
- Liquid measuring cup
- Large saucepan
- Mason jars
How to pickle eggs
Hard boil some eggs. Use whichever method you prefer. I don’t typically make them, so I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert. Just get the cooked. You could even buy them already cooked at the grocery store.
Prepare a brine. Heat the vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture occasionally until the salt and sugar have completely melted. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool completely.
Fill your mason jars. The key to getting your spicy pickled eggs to taste good, is letting them soak in the brine solution with a lot of flavorful stuff, like jalapeños, dill and onion.
I like to arrange add-ins around and in between the eggs. I basically layer the jar until all the eggs are in and it looks like a work of art.
Soak the eggs. Pour the cooled brine over the eggs and fill the jars. Cover the jars and put them in the fridge. Let them soak in the brine for at least 1 week.
FAQs and Tips for making the best pickled eggs
When were pickled eggs invented? While there is no specific date, pickled eggs have been around since the 1800’s and they have been a bar staple since. They have fallen out of fashion since Prohibition, but they are still incredibly popular in dive bars around Wisconsin.
Do pickled eggs go bad? Yes. Since we aren’t using a proper canning technique for this recipe, the eggs will go bad after about 3 – 4 weeks, but I really recommend consuming them within 2 – 3 weeks for the best flavor and texture.
How long does it take for pickled eggs to be ready? It really depends on how strong you want the pickling flavor to be, but I recommend at least 1 week. The longer they sit the better.
Do pickled eggs taste like vinegar? Yes. They are soaked in a vinegar solution to preserve them, and they take on the flavor of that solution as they sit. You can also flavor the brine with other seasonings such dill or pickling spices.
Do pickled eggs need to be refrigerated? Technically, you don’t need to refrigerate pickled eggs, but since this recipe doesn’t require a “safe” canning technique, I recommend refrigerating them anyway.
Why are my pickled eggs rubbery? If you leave your eggs in the pickling mixture for too long, they might become slightly rubbery. If they get this way, I personally don’t consider them good anymore and toss them, but they are still technically safe to eat.
Can you get botulism from pickled eggs? Technically yes, but if you keep the eggs submerged in the brine, you should be safe. Botulism really doesn’t like acid or oxygen, so the bacterium is less likely to grow in an acidic environment like a brine. I also don’t recommend poking your eggs before pickling them.
What can I do with spicy pickled eggs?
- Make pickled egg salad
- Make deviled eggs with them
- Put them on a relish tray
- Add them to potato salad
- Add them to your favorite cobb salad recipe
More egg recipes:
- Breakfast tacos
- Tater tot breakfast casserole
- Asparagus quiche
- Italian egg sandwich recipe
More pickle recipes:
- Pickled peppers
- Quick pickled vegetables
- Pickled carrots
- Pork banh mi
Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Melissa Belanger