Quick Pickled Spicy Peppers (in 2 hrs!)

Ready to enjoy in under 2 hours, these quick pickled spicy peppers are a great way to easily preserve peppers. They add a spicy sweet touch to any dish!

We’re big fans of quick pickling peppers and onions. Not only are they a delicious addition to many of our favorite dinner recipes, they’re wildly easy to make. Simply make the brine in a jar, add the peppers, shake, and refrigerate. After 2 hours, they’re ready to go!

We like to keep a jar of these on hand in the studio at all times – they add a flavorful punch that instantly elevates a dish. And, this quick recipe is easily adaptable to your sweet/spice preference! Once you try pickled peppers, you’ll never look back.

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“These are amazing!! They’ll be a staple from here on out!” – Katy

What you need for pickled peppers

Like all pickled recipes, there are 2 parts to pickled peppers: a brine and in this case, peppers. The spicy brine and variety of peppers yields perfectly pickled peppers every time.


  • Vinegar: Classic white + apple cider vinegar is the base.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: For an extra kick and depth of flavor.
  • Honey: A little sweetness offsets the spice.


Our favorite peppers for pickled peppers:

  • Poblano
  • Jalapeño
  • Anaheim
  • Serrano

This combination of all 4 peppers is what sets these pickled peppers apart from others we’ve tried. Don’t forget to add a few cloves of garlic and diced onion for a little something extra!

sliced peppers ready to be pickled


We like pretty spicy pickled peppers, but there are a couple options for sweeter pickled peppers:

  • Remove the seeds of spicier pepper varieties before pickling
  • Eliminate spicier peppers, like jalapeños from this recipe
sliced peppers in a jar ready to be pickled


How long does it take to pickle peppers?

The longer you pickle, the spicier the result! We love quick pickling for at least 2 hours to bring out the delicious spicy flavors, but if you have time to pickle overnight, that is ideal for maximum heat.

What kind of container should I use for pickling?

Any kind of air-tight container works great for pickled peppers. We like to use 16 ounce mason jars with a lid but any size works. If you have smaller jars, just divide the ingredients between 2 smaller containers. Another option are air-tight food storage containers.

quick pickled pepper ingredients on a plate


Pickled peppers last for up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. To save time (and dishes), use a mason jar with a lid so you can pickle and store them in the same container!

quick pickled peppers in a jar during the pickling process

Serving Suggestions

Spicy pickled peppers add a welcome pop of flavor to many of our favorite recipes! They’re great toppers for:

PS: Add pickled peppers to your next bloody mary for an extra kick!


  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 poblano pepper sliced or chopped
  • 1 red or green Anaheim pepper sliced
  • 1 jalepeño pepper sliced and deseeded
  • 1 Serrano pepper chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and mashed


  • Place apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and honey into a mason jar. Screw the cover on and shake the jar until the salt and sugar have dissolved.

  • Then, add the cut peppers, sliced onion, and mashed garlic cloves into the jar. Be sure that all of the peppers are covered in vinegar.

  • Place the lid back on the jar and give it one more shake.

  • Finally, place the jar in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight for the optimal quick pickled peppers!

Tips & Notes

    • Sweeter Pickled Peppers: For sweeter pickled peppers, remove the seeds of spicier pepper varieties before pickling or eliminate spicier peppers, like jalapeños, from this recipe.
    • Spicier Pickled Peppers: Refrigerate the peppers overnight for maximum spice.
    • Jars: We like to use these 16 ounce mason jars for pickled peppers.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 25kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 0g Fat: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g

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