Spicy Pickled Eggs

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Crank up the flavor with these spicy pickled eggs – a bold and tangy classic snack that will keep you coming back for more!

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Fiery Pickled Hard Boiled Eggs

Looking for a surprisingly delicious and fiery twist on a classic snack?

Then these spicy pickled eggs are for you! This bold recipe takes the humble hard-boiled egg and transforms it into a tangy, flavorful, and addictively spicy treat.

Perfect for adventurous palates or those seeking a unique bar snack, these pickled eggs are sure to tickle your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

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How to Make Spicy Pickled Eggs

To make this recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

  • Hard-boiled eggs: The main ingredient and focal point of the recipe. Hard-boiled eggs provide a creamy texture and serve as the base for the pickling process.
  • White vinegar: Acts as the primary pickling agent. White vinegar adds acidity to the brine, which helps preserve the eggs and gives them their tangy flavor.
  • Water: Dilutes the vinegar slightly to balance the acidity and prevent the brine from being too overpowering. It also helps ensure that the eggs are fully submerged in the pickling liquid.
  • Cane sugar or granulated sugar: Adds a hint of sweetness to the pickling brine, which balances out the acidity of the vinegar and enhances the overall flavor profile of the eggs.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavor of the pickled eggs and helps preserve them by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. It also adds seasoning to the brine, contributing to the overall taste.
  • Jalapeño pepper (sliced without seeds): Provides heat and spice to the pickling brine. Jalapeño peppers add a kick to the eggs, making them spicy and flavorful. Removing the seeds helps control the level of heat in the recipe.
  • Fresh dill: Adds herbal and aromatic notes to the pickling brine. Fresh dill complements the flavor of the eggs and adds a refreshing and fragrant element to the dish.
  • Red onion (thinly sliced): Contributes crunch and a mild onion flavor to the pickled eggs. Red onions also add visual appeal with their vibrant color. The slices infuse the brine with their flavor as they pickle alongside the eggs.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following:

  • Start by boiling the eggs until they are hard-boiled. Once cooked, peel the eggs and set them aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the white vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar and salt have dissolved completely.
  • In a clean mason jar or airtight container, layer the sliced jalapeño peppers, fresh dill sprigs, and thinly sliced red onion.
  • Carefully place the peeled hard-boiled eggs on top of the layer of peppers, dill, and onion in the jar or container.
  • Once the pickling solution is ready, carefully pour it over the eggs in the jar, ensuring that the eggs are completely submerged.
Pickled eggs in a jar with dill and chives.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Spicy Pickled Eggs

Use Fresh Eggs: Fresh eggs are easier to peel and result in a better texture. Choose eggs that are not close to their expiration date for the best results.

Properly Boil the Eggs: To avoid overcooking or undercooking the eggs, use the appropriate boiling method. Place the eggs in a pot of cold water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-12 minutes. Immediately transfer them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process and prevent a greenish ring from forming around the yolks.

Peel Carefully: Peel the hard-boiled eggs carefully to avoid damaging the whites. Starting from the wider end where the air pocket is located can make peeling easier.

Sterilize Jars: Ensure the jars or containers you use for pickling are properly sterilized to prevent contamination. You can sterilize them by boiling them in water for a few minutes or running them through a dishwasher cycle.

Adjust Spice Level: If you prefer a milder or spicier flavor, adjust the amount of jalapeño pepper accordingly. You can also experiment with other types of chili peppers to customize the heat level to your preference.

Enhance Flavor with Aromatics: In addition to jalapeño peppers and dill, consider adding other aromatics like garlic cloves, mustard seeds, or peppercorns to the pickling brine to enhance flavor complexity.

Let the Flavors Develop: Allow the pickled eggs to marinate in the brine for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before consuming. This allows the flavors to meld together and develop fully.

Use Non-Reactive Containers: Avoid using metal containers for pickling, as the acidity of the brine can react with metal and affect the flavor of the pickled eggs. Instead, opt for glass or food-grade plastic containers.

Store Properly: Keep the pickled eggs refrigerated at all times to prevent spoilage. They can last for several weeks in the refrigerator, but for optimal quality, consume them within 2-3 weeks.

Serve Creatively: Spicy pickled eggs can be enjoyed on their own as a snack or appetizer, sliced and added to salads, or served alongside sandwiches and charcuterie boards for added flavor and heat.

FAQs

How long do spicy pickled eggs need to pickle before they’re ready to eat?

Spicy pickled eggs typically need to marinate in the brine for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before they’re ready to eat. However, for optimal flavor, it’s best to let them pickle for 1-2 weeks.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in the pickled eggs?

Yes, you can adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or fewer jalapeño peppers to the pickling brine. You can also experiment with different types of chili peppers to achieve your desired level of heat.

How long do spicy pickled eggs last in the refrigerator?

Spicy pickled eggs can last for several weeks in the refrigerator if stored properly in an airtight container. However, for best quality, it’s recommended to consume them within 2-3 weeks.

Do I need to sterilize the jars before pickling the eggs?

Yes, it’s important to sterilize the jars or containers before pickling the eggs to prevent contamination. You can sterilize them by boiling them in water for a few minutes or running them through a dishwasher cycle.

Can I reuse the pickling brine for another batch of eggs?

It’s not recommended to reuse the pickling brine for another batch of eggs as it may lose its flavor and acidity over time. It’s best to discard the used brine and make a fresh batch for each batch of pickled eggs.

What can I do with the leftover pickling brine?

The leftover pickling brine can be used to pickle other vegetables like cucumbers, onions, or carrots. Simply add the vegetables to the brine and let them marinate in the refrigerator for a few days to absorb the flavors.

Can I use different herbs and spices in the pickling brine?

Yes, you can customize the pickling brine by adding different herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences. Some popular options include garlic cloves, mustard seeds, peppercorns, or bay leaves.

Do I need to refrigerate the pickled eggs after opening the jar?

Yes, it’s important to refrigerate the pickled eggs after opening the jar to prevent spoilage. Keep them stored in the refrigerator and consume them within a few days for best quality.

A mason jar filled with spicy pickled eggs.

What to Serve With Spicy Pickled Eggs

Charcuterie Board: Arrange the spicy pickled eggs alongside cured meats, cheeses, olives, and crackers for a flavorful and colorful charcuterie spread.

Salads: Add sliced spicy pickled eggs to salads for an extra kick of flavor and protein. They pair well with leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Sandwiches and Wraps: Incorporate sliced spicy pickled eggs into sandwiches, wraps, or burgers for a unique and zesty twist. They add both flavor and texture to the dish.

Bar Snacks: Serve spicy pickled eggs as a bar snack or appetizer alongside other finger foods like nuts, pretzels, and popcorn. They’re perfect for munching on while enjoying drinks with friends.

Brunch Spread: Include spicy pickled eggs as part of a brunch spread along with other brunch favorites like bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and fresh fruit.

Deviled Eggs: Use spicy pickled eggs as a flavorful twist on classic deviled eggs. Simply halve the pickled eggs, remove the yolks, mix them with mayonnaise and spices, then fill the egg whites for a tasty appetizer or party snack.

Cheese Platter: Arrange spicy pickled eggs on a cheese platter with an assortment of cheeses, crackers, and fruit for an easy and impressive appetizer or light meal.

Soup Garnish: Float sliced spicy pickled eggs on top of soups like gazpacho or borscht for added flavor and texture. They also make a tasty garnish for hearty stews and chili.

Pasta Salad: Incorporate chopped spicy pickled eggs into pasta salad for a unique and flavorful twist. They add a tangy kick that complements the other ingredients in the salad.

Garnish for Bloody Mary: Use spicy pickled eggs as a garnish for Bloody Mary cocktails. The spicy and tangy flavors of the pickled eggs pair perfectly with the savory and spicy flavors of the drink.

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Spicy Pickled Eggs

Tangy, spicy, hearty and rich – spicy pickled eggs are easy to make and a perfect low carb snack.
Course Eggs
Cuisine German
Keyword breakfast, eggs, keto, low carb, snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 eggs
Calories 94kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar or granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper sliced without the seeds
  • 2 sprigs of fresh dill
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Start by boiling the eggs until they are hard-boiled. Once cooked, peel the eggs and set them aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the white vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar and salt have dissolved completely.
  • In a clean mason jar or airtight container, layer the sliced jalapeño peppers, fresh dill sprigs, and thinly sliced red onion.
  • Carefully place the peeled hard-boiled eggs on top of the layer of peppers, dill, and onion in the jar or container.
  • Once the pickling solution is ready, carefully pour it over the eggs in the jar, ensuring that the eggs are completely submerged.
  • Seal the jar or container tightly with a lid and place it in the refrigerator to chill. Allow the eggs to pickle for at least 24 hours to develop the flavor. For optimal taste, let them pickle for up to one week.
  • Once the pickled eggs have chilled and absorbed the flavors, they are ready to be enjoyed!
  • Notes 
  • Ensure that the eggs are fully cooked and peeled before pickling. Using older eggs can make them easier to peel after boiling.
  • Slicing the jalapeño without the seeds reduces the heat level slightly while still infusing the pickling solution with a subtle spicy kick. Adjust the amount of jalapeño according to your preferred level of heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 240mg | Sugar: 2g

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Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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